- Damien Francis
Damien Francis Personal information Full name Damien Jerome Francis Date of birth 27 February 1979 Place of birth Wandsworth, England Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Playing position Defensive midfielder Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls)† 1997–2003 Wimbledon 97 (15) 2003–2005 Norwich City 73 (14) 2005–2006 Wigan Athletic 20 (1) 2006–2008 Watford 47 (6) Total 237 (36) National team 2003 Jamaica 1 (0) * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
After Norwich were relegated at the end of their first season in the Premiership after a disappointing campaign, Francis made the decision to end his two year stay at Carrow Road but remained in the Premiership by securing a transfer to promoted Wigan Athletic.
Despite Wigan's success in finishing 10th in the Premiership and reaching the League Cup final, it was a disappointing spell professionally for Francis, who did not feature as much as he would have liked to. He signed for newly promoted Watford for a fee of £1.5 million at the start of the 2006-2007 season.
On debut against Everton, he claimed a goal, only for it to be ruled an own goal by Alan Stubbs by the Premier League's Goals Panel. Francis would go on to feature regularly for Watford that season, playing 39 times and scoring four goals. These included a goal in Watford's run to the FA Cup semi-finals, against Ipswich Town in the fifth round. On 21 April 2007, in a game against Manchester City Francis injured his cruciate knee ligaments, an injury that was expected to keep him out for around six months. As a consequence of the 1-1 draw in that game, Watford were relegated. Francis injury actually kept him out for 18 months. He failed to fully recover from the injury and was forced to retire from football on 3 October 2008.
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