Francis Benali

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  • Francis Benali is a Southampton FC legend having played nearly 400 games for the club, games where his commitment, hard working attitude and ferocious, full-blooded tackles made Franny (as he is more affectionately known), a true fans favourite, even famously playing on with a broken arm in one game.

    A recognised pundit and co commentator on numerous channels such as Sky Sports, Sky Sports News, BBC, BT Sport, Channel 5 and Talk Sport Radio, Franny doesn’t hold back when commenting on games and performances, particularly with his beloved Saints.  

    A dedicated fundraiser, during May of this year Franny raised over £1 million in aid of Cancer Research UK when he took on 7 Iron Man distance triathlons in 7 days.   This involved a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles on his bike, then a 26.2 mile marathon – every single day.  He is thought to be the oldest person in the UK to take on an event as intense as this and is now looking for his next challenge…