Francis LEE (1944-)

Francis Lee
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Francis Lee, former footballer, was surprised by Michael Aspel at Granada Studios in Manchester.


Francis started his professional career with Bolton Wanderers in 1959. Manchester City manager Joe Mercer signed him in 1967, and in his first season at the club, he scored 16 League goals in 31 appearances, playing a crucial role in the club’s push for the 1967–68 League Championship. The following season he was part of the team which won the 1969 FA Cup.


In the 1969–70 season, Francis was Manchester City's top scorer, an achievement he would subsequently match in each of the next four seasons. His tally that season included one of the most important goals of his career, a penalty in the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup.


He joined Derby County in 1974 and after retiring from playing two years later moved into business. In 1994, Francis became chairman of Manchester City, and was welcomed as a hero by City’s supporters.


“Oh, thank you very much!”

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 881
  • Subject No: 868
  • Broadcast date: Wed 27 Apr 1994
  • Broadcast time: 9.30-10pm
  • Recorded: Wed 23 Mar 1994
  • Venue: Granada Studios, Manchester
  • Series: 34
  • Edition: 15
  • Code name: City

on the guest list...

  • Gill - wife
  • Jonathan - son
  • Nicholas - son
  • Milly - mother
  • Irene - sister
  • Arthur - brother
  • Trevor - brother
  • Brian Horton
  • Manchester City team
  • Gary - son
  • Charlotte - daughter
  • Francis Lee
  • Jack Wilcox
  • Freddie Hill
  • Malcolm Allison
  • Mike Summerbee
  • Tony Book
  • Colin Bell
  • Joe Corrigan
  • Rod Thomas
  • Mick Channon
  • Colin Barlow
  • Bill Openshaw
  • Bobby Charlton
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Bernard Manning
  • Syd Little
  • Eddie Large
  • Kevin Keegan

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production team...

  • Researchers: Mark Linnane, Mandy Nixon
  • Writer: Norman Giller
  • Director: Brian Klein
  • Associate Producer: John Graham
  • Producer: Malcolm Morris
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 34 subjects: Little and Large > Michael Graydon > Jeremy Beadle > Jill Summers > Phyllis Maycock > David Hasselhoff > Bill Kenwright > Richard Briers > Edward Hardwicke > David Cassidy > Frankie Vaughan > Coral Atkins > Charlton Heston > Joe Longthorne > Francis Lee > Edmundo Ros > Ron Moody > Reg Gutteridge > Bob Carolgees > Allan Border > Sydney Samuelson > Dean Bell > Michael Craig > Virginia Elliot > Richard Thorp > Pat Kirkwood