Bill Francis

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
01-10-1947
N/A
14-10-1977
Wigan
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
16-10-1977 v Hull
Bradford Northern
1979- Oldham
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1977-1978
73 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
22
0
0
66

BIOGRAPHY

William L. Francis by Dave Dooley:

Featherstone-born, yet qualified for Wales by descent, Bill Francis shot to international fame in the late 1960s and early 70s as a utility back with Wigan. Renowned for his deceptive pace, deft passing skills and magical sidestep, he joined rivals St.Helens for £8,000 early in the 1977/78 season after 13 years at Central Park Under his steadying influence at stand-off, Saints played some brilliant football and reached the 1978 Challenge Cup Final in his first season. Although Francis scored a memorable try, he had to settle for a loser`s medal when Leeds staged a late rally to lift the trophy.

In his first season at Knowsley Road Bill scored nine tries 36 matches including a brace against Bramley in the record 71 points to 7 home victory. Indeed, he made a tryscoring debut in the 52 points to 14 home demolition of Hull. In that particular game Peter Glynn, playing centre three-quarter, benefited from Bill`s excellent service as he raced in for five tries. In Bill`s second and final season, he notched a brace of tries against Rochdale Hornets in the infamous Lancashire Cup First Round second replay as the Saints finally disposed of the recalcitrant bunch of stingers. On the 30th of April 1979 Bill played his last match for the club and collected two tries in the 31 points to 15 home league victory.

Bill left Knowsley Road for Salford and finished his career with Oldham. A former Yorkshire County player, Bill`s international honours include 4 Great Britain appearances and 19 for Wales. He went to Australia with the Welsh International Championship Squad in 1975 and the 1977 British World Cup Squad. He is a member of Saints Past Players Association.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1977~789 0 0 36
1978~79 13 0 0 37
TOTALS:22 0 0 73
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1978~790002
TOTALS:0002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
16th Oct 1977 W 6 Hull L 1977~78 H 52 14 1 VIEW
23rd Oct 1977 W 6 Swinton JP1 1977~78 A 28 11 1 VIEW
30th Oct 1977 W 6 Featherstone Rovers L 1977~78 A 12 5 VIEW
6th Nov 1977 L 6 Featherstone Rovers JP2 1977~78 A 10 17 VIEW
13th Nov 1977 W 6 Leeds L 1977~78 H 19 10 VIEW
20th Nov 1977 W 6 Bramley L 1977~78 A 36 11 VIEW
27th Nov 1977 W 6 Salford L 1977~78 H 13 12 VIEW
4th Dec 1977 L 6 Workington Town L 1977~78 A 3 16 VIEW
6th Dec 1977 W 6 Salford FTSF 1977~78 H 7 4 VIEW
10th Dec 1977 W 6 Featherstone Rovers L 1977~78 H 20 19 VIEW
13th Dec 1977 L 6 Hull K.R. FTF 1977~78 A 11 26 VIEW
18th Dec 1977 L 6 Hull K.R. L 1977~78 A 9 21 1 VIEW
26th Dec 1977 W 6 Wigan L 1977~78 A 24 13 VIEW
27th Dec 1977 W 4 Workington Town L 1977~78 H 11 0 VIEW
31st Dec 1977 W 6 Widnes L 1977~78 H 16 3 VIEW
8th Jan 1978 W 6 Dewsbury L 1977~78 H 23 7 VIEW
22nd Jan 1978 W 6 New Hunslet L 1977~78 H 39 7 VIEW
29th Jan 1978 W 6 Hull L 1977~78 A 18 12 VIEW
5th Feb 1978 W 6 Warrington L 1977~78 H 17 6 1 VIEW
24th Feb 1978 W 6 Huyton CC1 1977~78 H 36 8 VIEW
1st Mar 1978 W 6 Castleford L 1977~78 A 29 12 VIEW
5th Mar 1978 W 6 Bramley L 1977~78 H 71 7 2 VIEW
12th Mar 1978 W 6 Oldham CC2 1977~78 A 26 11 VIEW
19th Mar 1978 W 6 Huddersfield CC3 1977~78 H 31 5 VIEW
21st Mar 1978 W 6 Salford L 1977~78 A 24 11 1 VIEW
24th Mar 1978 L 6 Wigan L 1977~78 H 17 22 VIEW
27th Mar 1978 L 6 Widnes L 1977~78 A 5 33 VIEW
30th Mar 1978 W 6 Bradford Northern L 1977~78 H 28 13 VIEW
2nd Apr 1978 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1977~78 H 36 5 VIEW
8th Apr 1978 W 6 Warrington CCSF 1977~78 N 12 8 VIEW
12th Apr 1978 D 4 Bradford Northern L 1977~78 A 9 9 VIEW
22nd Apr 1978 W 6 Hull K.R. L 1977~78 H 23 13 VIEW
30th Apr 1978 W 6 Salford PT1 1977~78 H 29 11 VIEW
3rd May 1978 W 6 Bradford Northern PTSF(1) 1977~78 H 14 10 1 VIEW
7th May 1978 L 6 Bradford Northern PTSF(2) 1977~78 A 12 19 VIEW
13th May 1978 L 6 Leeds CCF 1977~78 N 12 14 1 VIEW
4th Aug 1978 D 6 Widnes* Fr Testimonial 1978~79 H 31 31 VIEW
13th Aug 1978 W 6 Oldham* Fr Charity 1978~79 H 44 20 VIEW
20th Aug 1978 D 6 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1978~79 H 14 14 VIEW
23rd Aug 1978 D 6 Rochdale Hornets LC1 (rep) 1978~79 A 8 8 VIEW
25th Aug 1978 W 6 Rochdale Hornets LC1 (2nd rep) 1978~79 N 28 9 2 VIEW
27th Aug 1978 L 6 Leigh LC2 1978~79 A 4 21 VIEW
3rd Sep 1978 W 3 Huddersfield L 1978~79 A 18 11 VIEW
6th Sep 1978 W 4 Barrow L 1978~79 H 21 7 1 VIEW
10th Sep 1978 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1978~79 H 20 15 1 VIEW
12th Sep 1978 W 6 Warrington FTP 1978~79 H 13 9 VIEW
17th Sep 1978 D 6 Barrow L 1978~79 A 16 16 VIEW
23rd Sep 1978 W 6 Leeds JP1 1978~79 H 16 11 VIEW
1st Oct 1978 W 6 Castleford L 1978~79 H 48 14 VIEW
8th Oct 1978 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1978~79 H 33 5 VIEW
17th Oct 1978 W 6 Salford FT1 1978~79 A 17 15 1 VIEW
29th Oct 1978 W 4 Featherstone Rovers L 1978~79 A 22 11 1 VIEW
3rd Nov 1978 W 6 Leigh L 1978~79 H 27 20 1 VIEW
7th Nov 1978 W 4 Castleford FT2 1978~79 H 47 5 3 VIEW
12th Nov 1978 L 4 Australia Tour 1978~79 H 4 26 VIEW
19th Nov 1978 L 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1978~79 A 3 7 VIEW
26th Nov 1978 L 6 Huddersfield L 1978~79 H 15 16 VIEW
28th Nov 1978 W 4 Hull FTSF 1978~79 A 13 5 VIEW
2nd Dec 1978 L 6 Widnes JP2 1978~79 A 10 11 VIEW
10th Dec 1978 W 6 Salford L 1978~79 A 16 13 VIEW
12th Dec 1978 L 6 Widnes FTF 1978~79 H 7 13 VIEW
26th Dec 1978 W 6 Wigan L 1978~79 H 18 11 VIEW
13th Jan 1979 L 6 Leeds L 1978~79 A 11 26 VIEW
11th Feb 1979 W 6 Doncaster CC1 1978~79 H 34 9 1 VIEW
20th Feb 1979 W 6 Workington Town L 1978~79 H 10 6 VIEW
4th Mar 1979 W 4 Rochdale Hornets CC2 1978~79 A 11 10 VIEW
7th Mar 1979 W 6 Warrington L 1978~79 A 15 8 VIEW
10th Mar 1979 W 6 Castleford CC3 1978~79 A 10 6 VIEW
18th Mar 1979 L 6 Leeds L 1978~79 H 15 20 VIEW
1st Apr 1979 L 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1978~79 A 3 23 VIEW
7th Apr 1979 L 3 Wakefield Trinity CCSF 1978~79 N 7 9 VIEW
13th Apr 1979 L 6 Wigan L 1978~79 A 5 7 VIEW
16th Apr 1979 L 1 Widnes L 1978~79 H 16 18 VIEW
29th Apr 1979 W 6 Bradford Northern L 1978~79 A 13 12 VIEW
30th Apr 1979 W 6 Bradford Northern L 1978~79 H 31 15 2 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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