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Birmingham City legend Trevor Francis cuts his sons out of his will – here’s why

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The recent news about Trevor Francis reportedly leaving his estranged sons out of his will saddened many, especially those who admired him as a football icon. Francis, Britain’s first £1million footballer, passed away at the age of 69 in July last year due to a heart attack while at his holiday home in Marbella.

Throughout his career, Francis was a prolific forward, globally known for winning two European Cup titles with Nottingham Forest in 1979 and 1980. He made 626 career appearances, scoring 231 goals.

Francis is widely regarded as one of Birmingham City’s greatest ever players. He spent nine years at St Andrew’s, playing 330 times for Blues and netting 133 times before making a groundbreaking transfer to Forest in 1979.

Many refer to Francis as Blues’ greatest-ever player.

Family fued

According to reports, Trevor Francis left £1.9m in his will, but his estranged sons were not included as beneficiaries. His wife, Helen, had passed away two years earlier from cancer.

In his will, Francis stated: “I wish to make it clear in this my will that I have not included my children as beneficiaries due to the fact that we have become estranged following family differences over the last several months. Neither of my children are financially dependent on me.”

The football icon’s estate in Britain has been left to his brother Ian and sister Carolyn. Despite their estrangement, his two sons, James and Matthew, gathered in Marbella last year to pay tribute to their father at his funeral.

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