Trevor Francis and Brian Clough
Archive : A million for Francis
In February 1979 Trevor Francis became the first million pound player when he signed for Nottingham Forest.
In 2009, with Manchester City's infinite supply of cash, it's incredible to think that Trevor Francis' transfer caused so much controversy.
In fact, with the figure adjusted with inflation, the fee only comes up to a 'meagre' £3.95 million.
To put it into perspective, Nottingham Forest recently bought Robert Earnshaw for £2.65 million.
Before 1979 no player had ever been bought for a seven-figure fee, the previous record was less than half a million.
Famously Brian Clough wouldn't pay the full million, he stopped a pound short bringing the fee to £999,999.
His reasoning was he didn't want the milestone to go to Francis' head. However, with tax the fee exceeded £1 million.
Francis was worth every penny. His goal in the 1979 European Cup final won Nottingham Forest the trophy, ensuring his place in the club's history.
Watch Trevor Francis, and his glamorous wife, arrive at the City Ground and Clough twiddle his squash racquet throughout the press conference:
last updated: 29/01/2009 at 16:26