Tributes as wife of Sheffield Wednesday legend Trevor Francis dies after cancer battle

Trevor and Helen Francis with Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough in 1979.
Trevor and Helen Francis with Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough in 1979.
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The wife of Sheffield Wednesday legend Trevor Francis has died after a long battle with cancer.

Helen Francis, a mother of two, is understood to have passed away earlier this week.

Francis during his time at Hillsborough.

Francis during his time at Hillsborough.

Another of Francis's former clubs, Birmingham City, announced the news on its website earlier today.

It said: “Helen was a friend of the club and a popular figure amongst staff, players and supporters over many years.

“Helen and Trevor were married in 1974 and she has been by his side as his rock throughout his career.

“All at Birmingham City FC offer their sincerest condolences to Trevor, sons Matthew and James and the Francis family and friends. RIP, Helen.”

Helen was previously treated for breast cancer, while Trevor, now 62, suffered a heart attack in 2012.

Francis, who became Britain's first million pound player when he joined Nottingham Forest in 1979, came to Wednesday at the end of his career, scoring five goals in 76 appearances between 1990 and 1994 and helping the Owls win the League Cup and also promotion back to the top flight.

After the departure of Ron Atkinson in 1991, Francis took over the Hillsborough hotseat and guided Wednesday to a third-place finish in 1992. T

The following year, Wednesday reached the FA Cup and League Cup finals, losing both to Arsenal, the former after a replay.