Player #408

Appearances:

127

Starts:

127

Goals:

61

Seasons:

5

Trevor Ford
Trevor Ford

Source: Football card #6 Trevor Ford issued by J F Sporting Collectibles, Leicester under the Football Personalities 1940s/50s series, second series.

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Trevor Ford
Trevor Ford

Source: Football card #6 Trevor Ford issued by J F Sporting Collectibles, Leicester under the Football Personalities 1940s/50s series, second series.

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Trevor Ford

Position

Centre Forward

From

1946-47

To

1950-51

IMAGE CREDIT

Trevor Ford

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

22
23
24
25
26

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D1

Appearances

127
9
36
35
39
8

Starts

127
9
36
35
39
8

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

61
9
18
14
18
2

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

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Trefor Ford

Birth Date

Monday, 1 October 1923

Birth Place

Swansea, Glamorgan

Birth Country

Wales

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Swansea City

From

For

£9,500

On

January 1947

Previous Clubs

Powys Avenue School |
Swansea Boys |
Tower United |
1942-47 Swansea Town |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Sunderland

For

£30,000

On

October 1950

Subsequent Clubs

1950-53 Sunderland, |
1953-56 Cardiff City |
1957-60 PSV Eindhoven |
1960-61 Newport County |
1960-61 Romford (L) |

Trevor Ford
Trevor Ford

Source: Football card #6 Trevor Ford issued by J F Sporting Collectibles, Leicester under the Football Personalities 1940s/50s series, second series.

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Trevor Ford
Trevor Ford

Source: Football card #6 Trevor Ford issued by J F Sporting Collectibles, Leicester under the Football Personalities 1940s/50s series, second series.

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1946-51 Aston Villa, £9.5k, 127 | 61 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Alex Massie |
George Martin |

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 18 January 1947

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 18 January 1947

Arsenal (a), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 25 January 1947

Final Appearance

Saturday, 14 October 1950

Huddersfield Town (a), Division One

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 14 October 1950

Honours

Played for the Villa

Height

(5ft 11.5 in) 1.82 m

Foot

International Team

Wales

Died

29 May 2003, Aged 79

Trevor Ford

Player #408 for Aston Villa, Trefor Ford, known as Trevor Ford, played as a centre forward for the club. Trevor played for Villa between 1946-47 and 1950-51 making 127 appearances and scoring 61 goals.

Trevor was born in Swansea on 1 October 1923 and made his debut appearance for Villa on Saturday, 18 January 1947 at the age of 23.

Bought from Swansea Town on the back of his reputation as a goalscoring centre forward during War time football, as he was leading marksman in the country in 1945-46 with 41 goals to his credit.

Villa had signed Trevor in January 1947 for £9.500 plus inside forward Tommy Dodds.

Described as a “fearsomely physical” forward Trevor scored consistently for Villa, finishing as the club’s top scorer for three consecutive seasons between 1947 and 1950. His speciality was a spectacular charge at the goalkeeper - something modern football has outlawed but which was a post war stock in trade of forward play.

Trevor translated his regional league form into League football proper being fast and clever with the ball at his feet. Ford was however not just a goalscoring as his ball skills meant he was often found out on the wing with an ability to centre to his team-mates with unerring accuracy.

As a striker of skill and merit Ford developed into one of the best centre forwards in the League and became the recognised leader of the Welsh international side.

A great hearted and enthusiastic centre forward who plied his trade as a constant thorn in the side of the opposing defence.

Yet although Ford was a talented player he was not one without his faults - a gripe about the relative ambition of post war Villa saw him transferred to Sunderland in October 1950 for the sum of £30,000, breaking the British transfer fee record at the time. Unsurprisingly the transfer was not well received by the Villa support with Trevor playing his last game for the club on Saturday, 14 October 1950 aged just 27.

His stay at Sunderland was equally unhappy as his acrimonious relationships with team-mates and club officials continued and he simply swapped mid table safety with Villa for mid table safety with Sunderland in 1950-51 and fell well behind his former club the following season before transferring to Cardiff City in 1953. That move saw a relegation fight in 1954-55 and 1955-56 before he moved to Dutch football with PSV Eindhoven where the goals dried up as Villa won the FA Cup for a record seventh time.

Judgement and harmony then were not comfortable bedfellows of Ford and so it was to continue when he suspended by the Football League following an investigation into illegal payments he received from Sunderland to circumvent the then maximum wage.

During his time with Villa, Trevor played under managers Alex Massie and George Martin.

Trevor passed away in Swansea on 29 May 2003 aged 79.