Dave Latchford

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Dave Latchford
Personal information
Full name David Barry Latchford[1]
Date of birth (1949-04-09) 9 April 1949 (age 68)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1964–1966 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1977 Birmingham City 206 (0)
1977–1979 Motherwell 8 (0)
1979–1980 Bury 2 (0)
1980–1981 Barnsley 0 (0)
1981–1983 Redditch United
1983–1985 Cheltenham Town
1985 East Worle
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Barry Latchford (born 9 April 1949) is an English former footballer who made 208 appearances in the Football League and 8 in the Scottish League playing as a goalkeeper. He is the older brother of former England international striker Bob Latchford and Celtic goalkeeper Peter Latchford.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

Latchford was born in Kings Heath, Birmingham. He joined Birmingham City from school in 1964 and signed professional forms once he turned 17. He was called up for the England Youth squad but was not capped; the other goalkeeper in the squad was Peter Shilton. He kept goal for Birmingham in the FA Youth Cup final of 1967, in which the club were beaten by Sunderland.[3]

Latchford made his League debut in April 1969 in a 2–1 win at Bury, but with Jim Herriot, Paul Cooper and Mike Kelly also at the club it took another four years for him to establish himself as undisputed first choice. Even then manager Freddie Goodwin brought in Welsh international Gary Sprake, but Latchford soon regained his first team place, eventually losing it permanently when new manager Willie Bell brought in Jimmy Montgomery.[4] He left for Motherwell in 1977, followed by spells at Bury, Barnsley, and in non-League football.[3]

After retiring from playing football he became a funeral director, and later became superintendent of cemeteries in Solihull, while coaching for a time at Solihull Borough.[3]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dave Latchford". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Dave Latchford". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 105. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  4. ^ Matthews, pp. 204–08, 212.