Monday, 6 December 2010

Gerry Francis:Leeds United

Gerry Francis (born Johannesburg, South Africa, 6 December 1933) is a former professional footballer who played as a right winger for Leeds United and York City. He was the first black footballer to play for Leeds.
Francis, who was a shoe-repairer from South Africa, began his footballing career in England as an amateur with Leeds United before being given a professional contract in July 1957. He made his debut in the 1959–60 season, becoming the first black footballer to play for Leeds. He joined a declining side that was relegated at the end of the 1959–60 season and despite a spectacular goal against Everton in October 1959 and a memorable performance in a 3–2 victory at Lincoln City in December 1960, he struggled to make an impression and after nine goals in fifty appearances, was released in October 1961 to join York City where he scored four goals in 16 appearances in the 1961–62 season.

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