Frank Lord

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Frank Lord
Frank Lord & George Eastham1.jpg
Lord talking to George Eastham
Personal information
Full name Frank Lord[1]
Date of birth (1936-03-13)13 March 1936
Place of birth Chadderton, Lancashire, England
Date of death June 2005 (aged 69)
Place of death Cape Town, South Africa
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1961 Rochdale 122 (54)
1961–1963 Crewe Alexandra 108 (68)
1963–1966 Plymouth Argyle 69 (23)
1966 Stockport County 27 (18)
1966–1967 Blackburn Rovers 10 (1)
1967 Chesterfield 12 (6)
1967–1969 Plymouth Argyle 6 (2)
Total 354 (172)
Teams managed
1973 Preston North End (caretaker)
197?–197? Cape Town City
1979–1982 Hereford United
1985 Malaysia
1995 Wigan Athletic (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Frank Lord (13 March 1936 – June 2005) was an English footballer who played as a centre forward. He made 354 appearances in the Football League for Rochdale, Crewe Alexandra, Plymouth Argyle, Stockport County, Blackburn Rovers and Chesterfield, and scored 172 goals.

Life and career[edit]

Lord was born in Chadderton, near Oldham, Lancashire.[1] He began his career with Rochdale, where he scored 54 goals in 122 league games during eight seasons with the club.[2] His goal-ratio improved with Crewe Alexandra, who he joined in 1961.[2][3] Lord spent a little over two seasons with Crewe and scored 68 league goals in 108 appearances.[3] He scored four hat-tricks in 1961–62 and eight in total to set a new club record.[3] He signed with Plymouth Argyle in November 1963 and was the club's leading goalscorer in his first season.[3] Lord was also joint-leading scorer in 1964–65 with Mike Trebilcock.[3] In February 1966, he moved to Stockport County after scoring 23 times in 69 league games for Argyle and six more in seven cup ties.[4][5] His form at Stockport, 18 goals in 27 league appearances, prompted a move to Blackburn Rovers later that year.[2]

He scored once in 10 league games for Blackburn before joining Chesterfield in 1967.[1] He returned to Plymouth Argyle in October 1967 to work as a player-coach under the management of Billy Bingham,[3] having scored six times in 12 league games for Chesterfield.[1] While his main role was coaching, Lord did play occasionally when others were injured.[3] He scored two more goals in nine league and cup games in 1968–69 before retiring from playing.[4] Lord went on to coach at Crystal Palace and Preston North End,[3] where he also served as caretaker manager in 1973.[6] He managed Cape Town City in South Africa for several years, where he won the Manager of the Year award in 1977, before becoming Hereford United manager in December 1979; a position he held until September 1982.[3][7]

Lord was the head coach of the Malaysia national team from 1983 to 1985, and applied unsuccessfully for the vacant manager's position at Plymouth Argyle.[3] In 1994, he became assistant manager at Lincoln City and then joined Wigan Athletic as a football co-ordinator.[3] Lord was briefly caretaker manager at Wigan in 1995.[7] He returned to South Africa and settled in Cape Town,[1] where he later worked as a scout for Manchester United.[7] Lord died of a heart attack at his home in June 2005.[1][7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Chesterfield FC : Football League players, 1921 to 2011" (SPREADSHEET). CFC History. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Frank Lord". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Riddle, Andy (2001). Plymouth Argyle: 101 Golden Greats. Westcliff-on-Sea: Desert Island Books. pp. 105–106. ISBN 1-874287-47-3. 
  4. ^ a b "Frank Lord". Greens on Screen. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Knight, Brian (1989). Plymouth Argyle: A Complete Record 1903–1989. Derby: Breedon Books. pp. 304–309. ISBN 0-907969-40-2. 
  6. ^ "Past Managers". Preston North End F.C. 24 January 2012. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Former Bulls chief Frank Lord dies". Hereford Times. 23 June 2005. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Taylor bid mystery". Western Morning News. 18 June 2005. Retrieved 30 July 2013.