The son of Birmingham City legend Trevor Francis has been charged with burglary at a house belonging to former Villa player Lee Hendrie.
James Francis, aged 24, is accused of breaking into a cottage in the grounds of a £1.7 million Warwickshire mansion owned by Hendrie.
He has been charged with burglary and appeared before Leamington magistrates last month and is due to appear at the court again for a committal hearing on January 11.
It is understood Hendrie was not staying in the sprawling six-bedroomed country home, Finwood Lawn, in the leafy village of Rowington at the time of the alleged break-in.
He was living in his main home in Solihull and the incident took place in one of two self-contained cottages in the grounds which was being used as a storeroom at the time.
James Francis has followed in the footsteps of his father and is also a footballer, having played for several clubs, including Halesowen Town, Solihull and Tamworth.
He has also played for Kiddermister Harriers which is Hendrie’s current club.
His father, Trevor, is regarded as a Blues legend who became Britain’s first £1 million player when he transferred from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest in 1979.
This made him a household name and he went on to win the European Cup with Nottingham Forest just months later with Francis famously scoring the only goal in the 1-0 win over Malmo.
Family man Francis won 52 caps for England and later played for Glasgow Rangers and Manchester City before switching to management, which included a spell at his beloved Blues.
Hendrie bought Finwood Lawn for £1.6 million in 2006 and it has been on sale for several months for £1.7 million.
During his glory days at Villa, he played 251 times, scored 27 goals and at the height of his earning power was taking home £24,000 a week. But his success on the pitch was marred by controversy off it a conviction for drink-driving and allegations of womanising by his estranged wife.