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Tony Francis

Tony Francis

1990-1998
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142 CFC Games Played

103 CFC Goals

Date of Birth
1 April 1969
Recruited From
Norwood
Collingwood Debut
Round 1, 1990
Height:
171cm
Weight:
74kg

Biography

A cheeky rover with great acceleration, Francis enshrined himself in Collingwood history when he tied with Scott Russell for the club’s Best First Year Player Award in the premiership year of 1990.

Francis crossed to Collingwood after two years with the Norwood seniors in the SANFL, and it proved a fairytale end to a season that began disastrously when he copped a six week suspension for kicking West Coast’s Murray Rance in his first game.

He gave Collingwood much needed bite around the packs and his great breakaway pace made him a menace to the opposition.

In 1991 he was Collingwood’s best and fairest and was chosen in the All-Australian team.

A classy footballer and a regular selection in the SA State of Origin side, Achilles problems affected him in 1992, but his willingness to tear into packs meant he was always dangerous.

His fearless style of boring in for the ball led to injuries in later years and his pace was dulled. Thigh and knee injuries restricted him in 1995 then he regained some of his old form in 1996 when he ran third in the club’s best and fairest.

But a pre-season groin injury destroyed his 1997 campaign and after a similarly limited campaign in 1998 he was released by Collingwood.

He had a solid season under Tim Watson at St Kilda in 1999, kicking the winning goal against the Western Bulldogs at Waverley Park in round four, but then retired and returned to South Australia.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1990-1998 142 103 6 52%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1990 16 15 12 191 112 44 303 2

1990 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 West Coast L 6 7 1 13 2 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne W 2 1 9 10 4 19 2 View match >
Round 11 Brisbane W 3 9 13 22 2 View match >
Round 12 Geelong W 1 1 10 5 1 15 2 View match >
Round 13 Richmond W 1 1 15 7 6 22 2 View match >
Round 14 West Coast W 9 7 5 16 2 View match >
Round 16 Sydney W 3 12 8 1 20 2 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs L 1 3 5 8 2 View match >
Round 19 Essendon L 1 1 11 2 2 13 2 View match >
Round 20 Hawthorn L 2 14 10 3 24 2 View match >
Round 21 Fitzroy W 15 2 2 17 2 View match >
Round 22 North Melbourne W 1 2 16 8 3 24 2 View match >
Qualifying Final West Coast D 0 1 15 7 2 22 2 View match >
Qualifying Final West Coast W 2 0 15 4 2 19 2 View match >
Semi Final Essendon W 1 1 17 8 4 25 2 View match >
Grand Final Essendon W 0 1 15 9 8 24 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1991 21 17 16 417 169 48 586 2

1991 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs W 2 3 19 5 2 24 2 View match >
Round 2 West Coast L 0 1 18 11 2 29 2 View match >
Round 3 Fitzroy W 14 7 1 21 2 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda D 1 20 6 1 26 2 View match >
Round 5 Brisbane W 1 21 9 3 30 2 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne L 1 14 9 2 23 2 View match >
Round 8 Richmond L 1 22 10 6 32 2 View match >
Round 9 Geelong L 14 7 4 21 2 View match >
Round 10 Hawthorn L 1 1 17 6 3 23 2 View match >
Round 12 Carlton L 1 16 3 3 19 2 View match >
Round 13 Essendon W 1 21 3 2 24 2 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 6 25 15 2 40 2 View match >
Round 15 Adelaide W 3 30 10 2 40 2 View match >
Round 16 Western Bulldogs W 2 1 23 13 2 36 2 View match >
Round 17 West Coast L 3 16 3 1 19 2 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy W 1 1 13 8 3 21 2 View match >
Round 19 St Kilda W 25 5 1 30 2 View match >
Round 20 Brisbane W 1 22 11 1 33 2 View match >
Round 21 Melbourne W 1 21 14 3 35 2 View match >
Round 23 Richmond W 23 6 1 29 2 View match >
Round 24 Geelong L 23 8 3 31 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1992 21 8 12 292 141 75 433 2

1992 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 2 Brisbane W 0 0 6 5 3 11 2 View match >
Round 4 Essendon W 0 0 10 4 5 14 2 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne W 1 1 13 11 3 24 2 View match >
Round 6 Hawthorn L 1 0 11 5 1 16 2 View match >
Round 7 North Melbourne W 2 3 18 7 8 25 2 View match >
Round 8 Carlton L 0 0 9 3 3 12 2 View match >
Round 9 Adelaide W 0 0 13 5 5 18 2 View match >
Round 10 Geelong W 0 0 21 5 6 26 2 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy L 0 0 18 4 3 22 2 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda L 0 0 17 10 5 27 2 View match >
Round 13 West Coast W 0 1 6 5 11 2 View match >
Round 14 Western Bulldogs W 0 1 16 13 2 29 2 View match >
Round 16 Richmond W 1 1 20 16 5 36 2 View match >
Round 17 Brisbane W 1 15 2 5 17 2 View match >
Round 18 Sydney W 1 1 20 9 4 29 2 View match >
Round 19 Essendon W 2 12 4 2 16 2 View match >
Round 20 Melbourne L 12 7 5 19 2 View match >
Round 21 Hawthorn L 13 6 6 19 2 View match >
Round 23 Carlton W 12 5 2 17 2 View match >
Round 24 Adelaide W 1 1 18 8 1 26 2 View match >
Elimination Final St Kilda L 1 0 12 7 1 19 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1993 18 13 19 253 108 64 361 2

1993 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Western Bulldogs W 1 1 19 6 2 25 2 View match >
Round 2 Geelong W 0 0 15 9 8 24 2 View match >
Round 3 Essendon W 2 2 21 8 1 29 2 View match >
Round 4 St Kilda L 0 1 13 8 8 21 2 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 0 0 14 2 2 16 2 View match >
Round 7 Adelaide W 1 2 19 8 5 27 2 View match >
Round 8 Hawthorn W 12 3 6 15 2 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy L 1 1 11 3 3 14 2 View match >
Round 10 North Melbourne L 15 6 6 21 2 View match >
Round 11 Melbourne L 1 9 6 15 2 View match >
Round 12 Brisbane W 3 1 12 5 3 17 2 View match >
Round 13 West Coast L 7 3 3 10 2 View match >
Round 14 Richmond W 2 9 5 4 14 2 View match >
Round 16 Western Bulldogs W 2 2 24 10 2 34 2 View match >
Round 17 Geelong L 1 10 7 3 17 2 View match >
Round 19 St Kilda W 1 3 17 11 3 28 2 View match >
Round 21 Carlton L 2 10 2 5 12 2 View match >
Round 22 Adelaide L 2 16 6 22 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1994 18 10 12 257 94 52 351 2

1994 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 1 7 4 1 11 2 View match >
Round 2 Carlton W 1 10 3 2 13 2 View match >
Round 3 Western Bulldogs W 13 4 6 17 2 View match >
Round 5 Essendon L 1 9 6 2 15 2 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne L 15 4 6 19 2 View match >
Round 12 Richmond L 10 2 4 12 2 View match >
Round 13 West Coast W 1 1 17 3 3 20 2 View match >
Round 14 Brisbane L 1 16 7 1 23 2 View match >
Round 15 Sydney W 1 15 9 4 24 2 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 2 2 16 5 4 21 2 View match >
Round 17 Carlton L 9 3 1 12 2 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs L 1 1 21 3 4 24 2 View match >
Round 20 Essendon W 2 18 8 6 26 2 View match >
Round 21 Melbourne W 13 11 3 24 2 View match >
Round 22 Geelong W 1 2 26 7 33 2 View match >
Round 23 St Kilda L 15 7 1 22 2 View match >
Round 24 North Melbourne L 1 12 5 2 17 2 View match >
Qualifying Final West Coast L 3 0 15 3 2 18 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1995 8 3 3 79 49 12 128 2

1995 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 9 Melbourne L 1 1 7 6 2 13 2 View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy W 1 1 2 2 View match >
Round 17 West Coast L 1 11 6 2 17 2 View match >
Round 18 Geelong W 11 7 18 2 View match >
Round 19 Essendon L 13 5 1 18 2 View match >
Round 20 Hawthorn W 0 0 16 5 4 21 2 View match >
Round 21 Richmond L 0 0 8 7 2 15 2 View match >
Round 22 Sydney L 2 1 12 12 1 24 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1996 20 20 12 288 144 46 432 2

1996 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Carlton L 2 3 2 5 2 View match >
Round 2 Melbourne W 1 1 19 6 3 25 2 View match >
Round 3 Sydney L 1 13 5 18 2 View match >
Round 4 Fremantle W 1 15 9 5 24 2 View match >
Round 5 Essendon W 1 0 19 4 1 23 2 View match >
Round 6 Adelaide W 2 1 19 9 2 28 2 View match >
Round 7 St Kilda L 12 5 4 17 2 View match >
Round 8 Brisbane L 3 2 13 9 3 22 2 View match >
Round 9 Geelong L 1 15 9 24 2 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne L 5 2 2 7 2 View match >
Round 13 Richmond L 1 9 1 9 2 View match >
Round 14 Hawthorn L 1 1 11 4 3 15 2 View match >
Round 15 North Melbourne W 1 15 12 1 27 2 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 1 2 13 12 5 25 2 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 1 17 9 4 26 2 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda L 1 21 13 2 34 2 View match >
Round 19 Fremantle L 2 12 9 3 21 2 View match >
Round 20 Essendon L 1 20 6 1 26 2 View match >
Round 21 Adelaide W 1 19 10 3 29 2 View match >
Round 22 Brisbane W 2 1 18 9 3 27 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1997 10 8 9 74 65 17 139 2

1997 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 4 Carlton L 4 4 8 2 View match >
Round 6 Adelaide W 1 2 12 6 1 18 2 View match >
Round 14 Geelong L 1 1 3 4 3 7 2 View match >
Round 15 Fremantle W 2 10 2 12 2 View match >
Round 16 Port Adelaide L 1 9 8 2 17 2 View match >
Round 17 Melbourne W 4 2 12 4 1 16 2 View match >
Round 18 St Kilda L 1 2 13 8 3 21 2 View match >
Round 19 Carlton L 1 1 8 2 10 2 View match >
Round 20 Essendon W 5 13 4 18 2 View match >
Round 21 Adelaide L 6 6 1 12 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1998 10 9 7 81 84 19 165 2

1998 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 8 Melbourne L 1 2 8 1 10 2 View match >
Round 9 Port Adelaide L 1 8 9 2 17 2 View match >
Round 10 Fremantle W 1 1 9 14 3 23 2 View match >
Round 11 North Melbourne L 1 1 10 11 4 21 2 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda L 5 5 4 10 2 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn W 2 1 6 2 1 8 2 View match >
Round 17 West Coast L 5 5 10 2 View match >
Round 20 Essendon L 1 11 6 17 2 View match >
Round 21 Carlton L 1 2 8 13 3 21 2 View match >
Round 22 Sydney L 1 2 17 11 1 28 2 View match >
Legend
  • #Guernsey
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • DDisposals
  • MMarks
  • TTackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 142 103 102 1932 966 377 2898
Avg/Game   0.73 0.72 13.61 6.80 2.65 20.41
Legend
  • GPGames Played
  • GLGoals
  • BBehinds
  • KKicks
  • HHandballs
  • TTackles
  • DDisposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

923

Draft
1988 National AFL Draft by Collingwood
Total AFL Games
161
Total AFL Goals
108
CFC Debut
Round 1, 1990
CFC Last Game
Round 22, 1998
Recruited From
Norwood
Full Name
Tony Francis

Awards

  • Life Members
    2003
  • Most Improved Player
    1991
  • x2
    Wrecker Award
    1992, 1993
  • Best First Year Player (Harry Collier Trophy)
    1990
  • E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1991
  • Premiership
    1990
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