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Trevor Francis given Walk of Stars accolade at Birmingham City game

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Image caption Trevor Francis won 52 England caps

Birmingham City legend Trevor Francis has been presented with the Walk of Stars accolade to go on Broad Street in the city.

Francis, who scored 119 goals in 280 league appearances for Blues, became Britain's first £1m player when he left the club for Nottingham Forest in 1979.

The star was officially presented to him at Blues' game against Forest at St Andrew's which the home side won 2-1.

Francis, 60, said: "It means a lot. I'm quite excited about it."

'Never changed'

The striker, who became Blues' youngest debutant in 1970 aged 16, later became the club's manager between 1996 and 2001.

Francis won 52 England caps and scored 12 international goals before retiring from playing in 1994, having made 632 appearances and scored 235 goals.

Those invited to Saturday's game included former Blues players Malcolm Page and Garry Pendrey, ex-Forest players John McGovern, John Robertson and Martin O'Neill and musicians already awarded a Broad Street star Tony Iommi and Bev Bevan.

Plymouth-born Francis said: "I've spent almost 30 years of my time in the West Midlands.

'Very grounded'

"I had 10 years as a player and then I came back... and had five-and-a-half years as a manager and I've continued to live here and this is where I belong."

Asked about the sudden acclaim he had as a teenager, Francis said earlier: "It never changed me.

"I was always very grounded, came from a very sensible family who brought me up in the correct way and it'll be nice to see my family [on Saturday] because they're coming up from Plymouth.

"It's a day I'm going to try and enjoy."

Francis lifted two European Cups with Forest before joining Manchester City and then having spells with Italian clubs Sampdoria and Atalanta.

After a season with Rangers in Scotland, Francis joined Queens Park Rangers, where he also became player-manager.

He later performed a similar role at Sheffield Wednesday and was in charge of Crystal Palace for two years.

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