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Ivor Allchurch

Cardiff City footballer Ivor Allchurch in training.  17th April 1964. Image courtesy of Mirrorpix.

Cardiff City footballer Ivor Allchurch in training.
17th April 1964. Image courtesy of Mirrorpix.

As the ‘Golden Boy of Welsh Soccer’ Ivor Allchurch enjoyed a long and distinguished career. As a skilful inside-forward he thrilled crowds with his wide range of passing, a hypnotic body swerve and deadly shooting.

Joining Swansea City in 1947, he went on to play until 1968 with Newcastle United and Cardiff City before re-joining Swansea. In 691 league games he scored 249 goals including 17 hat-tricks. In 1966 he received an MBE for services to football.

For Wales, he was a key part of a golden generation who went to the World Cup finals in 1958. He scored 23 goals in 68 games and his number of caps was a record until 1986.

"He had the lot, including a marvellous temperament and would have been a sensation in the game today." Cliff Jones

Although retiring from league football in 1968 at the age of 38, Allchurch continued playing in non-league and local football until his fiftieth year. A statue of Allchurch now stands outside Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium, following his passing in 1997.

Principal Clubs: Swansea City, Newcastle United, Cardiff City
Honours: MBE for Services to Football
Caps: 68 (Wales), 23 goals

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