During the dark days of the Fourth Division, John Francis, lit up Turf
Moor wit his runs and direct play, he also was the scorer of 3 of the
most important goals in Burnley's long history.
John Francis played a lot of his early career at non league Emley
and Halifax town, before he moved to Sheffield United, and won two
successive promotions, in 1988-89 from the Third Division and then
1989-90 to the First Division, but he played the majority of the
games from the bench.
He then moved to Burnley for £90,000 watched by a documentary
television crew. He started he career playing along side Ron Futcher
in attack during the 1990-91 season, but the following season he
was moved out on to the wing, where he supplied the goals for
Rodger Eli and Mike Conroy to fire Burnley to the Fourth Division
That summer he moved to Cambridge United for £95,000, but after
one season he returned back to Turf Moor, where he was pivital
during Burnley Play Off Winning season, where he scored 2 goals in
3 minutes during a racial hostile semi-final second leg game at
Plymouth to book Burnley's place Wembley.
Early in the Play Off final, John Francis injured his knee badly, which
he never recovered from. During the following two season at Turf
Moor, he made sporadic appearances, manly as a substute, and he
was release in 1996.
He signed for Scunthorpe United, before moving on to Halifax Town
and then Lancaster City.
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