16 January 1958 (age 64)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 74d
Last game: 30y 190d
Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 83 kg
|Club||League||Career span||Games||Goals||Avg||Win %||AKI||AHB||AMK||BV|
AFL: 9,046th player to appear, 1,136th most games played, 1,811th most goals kickedCarlton: 876th player to appear, 348th most games played, 352nd most goals kickedFitzroy: 991st player to appear, 302nd most games played, 240th most goals kickedRichmond: 852nd player to appear, 304th most games played, 283rd most goals kickedEssendon: 925th player to appear, 571st most games played, 715th most goals kicked
Between 1979 and 1988 Peter Francis gave solid service to four different VFL clubs. Originally from Heathcote, he joined Carlton in 1978, when he was aged twenty, and made his senior league debut the following year. Highly skilled, nimble and pacy, if he had a weakness it was arguably that he lacked that bit of devil characteristic of most genuine champions. At the end of his debut season he was on a wing and one of the Blues' best in a 5 point grand final defeat of Collingwood.
Midway through the 1981 season, after 47 games for Carlton, he was traded to Fitzroy in exchange for Frank Marchesani, who like Francis was a wingman. He gave sound service to the Lions in 40 games before crossing to Richmond in 1984. His stint with the Tigers lasted three seasons and saw him play 52 matches. He rounded off his career in 1987-8 with 19 games for Essendon giving him an overall career tally of 158 appearances which netted him 58 goals.
Author - John Devaney