Fred Ford (footballer)

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Frederick George Luther Ford
Personal information
Date of birth February 10, 1916
Place of birth Dartford, Kent
Date of death 1981
Place of death Bristol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Erith & Belvedere
Charlton Athletic
1946-1947 Millwall 9 (0)
1947-1948 Carlisle United 28 (0)
Teams managed
1960-1967 Bristol City
1968-1969 Bristol Rovers
1969-1971 Swindon Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Frederick George Luther Ford (Born 10 February 1916 - Died 1981) is a former footballer and manager.

Ford played for a number of clubs, including Arsenal, Charlton Athletic, Millwall Athletic and Carlisle United. It was at Carlisle that he began his coaching career. He also became a part-time Staff Coach with the Football Association, where besides being a course instructor, he additionally coached the England B team and Under-23 side.

In 1955 he linked up with a former Charlton colleague, Bert Tann (then manager of Bristol Rovers) and gained widespread recognition for his work as Rovers' first team coach. This prompted Rovers' closest rivals, Bristol City to appointing him as their manager in 1960, He remained in charge of City until 1967 when he moved to Swindon Town for the first time as a coaching assistant.

Ford moved to City's rivals Bristol Rovers in 1968 and took up the post of team manager until 1969 when he was appointed manager at Swindon Town.

Swindon had just won the 1969 League Cup and promotion to Division Two but Danny Williams had left the club without a coach. Ford joined Swindon in July 1969, with the team preparing for both the 1969 Anglo-Italian League Cup and the 1970 Anglo-Italian Cup, competitions they went on to win under Ford's stewardship.

The teams performance the following year led to the board signing Dave Mackay with a view to him taking on management, Mackay refused to usurp Ford and remained a player until Ford's eventual dismissal on 1 November 1971.

He subsequently spent a number of years as Chief Scout and Youth team coach at Oxford United, where he developed a thriving conveyor belt of talented teenage players.

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