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Key Facts

Full name
Anthony Francis

Known as
Tony Francis

Born
1 April 1969 (age 53)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 0d
Last game: 30y 135d

Height and weight
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Senior clubs
Norwood; Collingwood; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 2
St. Kilda: 14

Recruited from
Norwood (1990); Collingwood (1999)

Tony Francis

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
NorwoodSANFL1988-198947531.13
CollingwoodAFL1990-19981421030.7352%13.616.802.6850
St. KildaAFL19991950.2647%9.846.373.265
SANFL1988-198947531.13
AFL1990-19991611080.6752%13.166.752.7555
Total1988-19992081610.77

AFL: 10,090th player to appear, 1,082nd most games played, 987th most goals kickedCollingwood: 922nd player to appear, 114th most games played, 84th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,454th player to appear, 610th most games played, 615th most goals kicked

An ebullient, sometimes feisty, swift moving and abundantly skilled rover, Tony Francis joined Norwood from Campbelltown High and made his league debut in 1988. He played 47 games in two seasons for the Redlegs before crossing the border to join Collingwood. His AFL career got off to just about the worst start imaginable when he was reported for kicking during the first match of the 1990 season against West Coast at Subiaco. The Tribunal handed him a six-week suspension, but when he returned he was a more disciplined, if no less vibrantly aggressive, player. At the end of the season he was a prominent member of the Magpies' 13.11 (89) to 5.11 (41) Grand Final defeat of Essendon.

Francis continued in excellent form in 1991, winning Collingwood's best and fairest award, and gaining selection in the AFL All Australian team. Thereafter his effectiveness was undermined to a certain extent by a series of injuries, but he remained a serviceable player for the Magpies until the end of the 1998 season, by which time he had played 142 AFL games and booted 103 goals. His final league season came in 1999 when he played 19 games and kicked five goals for St Kilda.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy's SA Football Companion

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.