T R E V O R F O R D
Born in Swansea in 1923, Ford's early career moulded him as a full-back, which position he filled with Swansea Schoolboys. Continuing his footballing career during the war, and serving with the Royal Artillery, he was pushed into an attacking role and never looked back, scoring 41 goals during the transitional 1945-46 season. Such form gained him his first cap of 38 in the Victory International versus Northern Ireland, and Aston Villa won the race to sign him thereafter. Subsequent offers from Columbian and Portugese clubs were turned down, but in 1950 Ford moved to Sunderland. He was then acknowledged as "an aggressive, thrustful centre-forward, a fine opportunist and a noted charger of goalkeepers", but his partnership at Roker Park with Len Shackleton was not considered a happy one despite his respectable goal tally. At this juncture, serialisation in a Sunday newspaper of a book by Ford, exposing "under-the-counter payments", led to his suspension by the Football League. This served only to broaden his horizons however and he spent three happy and successful years in Holland with PSV Eindhoven, scoring 51 goals in season 1957-58. Although returning to the UK when his suspension was lifted, Ford was unable, due to a knee injury, to continue playing. His Wales International goal scoring tally of 23 is a record shared with Ivor Allchurch which still stands to this day.
The following twelve lots comprise International Caps and Jerseys including six swop jerseys awarded to
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In the Home Internationals this season Wales were defeated by Scotland 3-1 and England 1-0. However, they managed to defeat Ireland 2-0.