Date: 15th November 2014 at 10:23am
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George Francis was born on the 4th of February in 1934 in Acton. He is best remembered for his two spells with Brentford, the first 1955-1961 and then the second 1961-1962. He made a total of 280 appearances for the club and scoring 136 goals. A true legend who finds himself on the Brentford Hall of Fame.

Francis began his career as a schoolboy playing for a side that was fielded by The Odeon Cinema in his local town. He regularly played against Jim Towers who he later linked up with at Brentford.

He first joined Brentford when he signed for the junior team in 1949 and then got his first professional contract in 1953 but had to wait 2 years until 1955 to make his first team debut. The debut came in a Division Three match against Walsall on the 19th of February in 1955. This match was a dream start for Francis when he scored a late goal to secure a 2-2 draw for the Bees.

Throughout his time at Brentford he had some memorable seasons but his best came in the 1959/60 season where he made 48 appearances and scored 31 goals. He was an ever present member of the squad and was especially noted for his great partnership with Jim Towers.

Francis` best moment in a Brentford shirt was certainly the hat-trick he scored against QPR at Loftus Road in a 4-2 win over our fierce rivals.

Sadly at the end of the 1960/61 season the abolition of the maximum wage rule saw both Francis and Towers leave the Bees. This formidable pair then both joined rivals QPR in an £8000 deal in the summer of 61. However his time at Loftus Road was short lived when he only made 2 appearances before leaving in October 1961.

Francis then decided to make a return to Brentford where he made a further 37 appearances and scoring 15 goals but this was not enough to prevent Brentford from being relegated to Division Four. Francis left at the end of the season.

A true Brentford Legend who will always be remembered.