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Trevor Ford (October 1, 1923 - May 29 2003) was a Welsh international center forward who played for Aston Villa, Cardiff City, Sunderland and Swansea Town. He was born and died in Swanseamarker.


In October 1950, 27-year-old Ford was the subject of British football transfer record when he signed for 'Bank of England' club Sunderland for £30,000 from Aston Villa. He was a footballing celebrity at the time due to his prolific scoring record. He made 128 appearances for Villa between January 1947 and October 1950 scoring 61 goals.

At Sunderland, he failed to gel on the pitch with team-mate, and former record-breaking signing Len Shackleton. He signed for Cardiff City in December 1953 for £29,500, a club record fee at the time. He spent 3 years at the club before retiring, aged 33. Ford still holds the club record for the fastest goal scored, which he set on 23 October, 1954 against Charlton Athletic, after just fifteen seconds. After leaving the club in 1956 he revealed in his autobiography that he was involved in an illegal-payments scandal while at Sunderland, which saw the club suffer heavy financial penalties; Ford was temporarily suspended from the game.

After deciding to come out of retirement, with the suspension in place he was forced to look overseas for a club, signing for Dutch club PSV Eindhoven. He eventually won his case for reinstatement, returning to The Football League with a brief spell at Newport County. He ended a long-career playing his football at Romfordmarker.

He was capped 38 times for Wales, becoming their all-time joint aggregate goal-scorer with 23 goals. He was not included in the Welsh squad for the 1958 World Cup following his suspension from the game.

References

  • All the Lads - A complete who's who of Sunderland AFC, Garth Dykes & Doug Lamming, 1999
  1. "Football great Ford dies" BBC Sport Retrieved on 31 October, 2008



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