David Ford (footballer)

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David Ford (born 2 March 1945) is a former professional footballer, who played for Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United, Sheffield United and Halifax Town. His career lasted from 1965 to 1976 during which time he made 245 league appearances with 15 as substitute and scored 42 goals. He was an attacking right sided player.

Ford was born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, he joined Sheffield Wednesday as an 18-year-old in 1963 and made his debut in the 1965–66 season against Sunderland on 23 October, coming off the bench to become the first ever substitute used by Wednesday in a League match.[1] He scored his first goal in a 1–0 home league victory over Fulham on 20 November 1965. Ford’s career really took off in the latter stages of that first season when he scored 13 goals in 18 league and cup matches between 5 March and 14 May. His goals helped Wednesday reach the 1966 FA Cup Final, he scored in the fifth round victory over Huddersfield Town and twice in the quarter final win at Blackburn Rovers. Ford’s greatest career moment happened in that year's F.A Cup final when he scored after 57 minutes to put Wednesday 2–0 up against Everton and on the way to victory after their goalkeeper Gordon West spilled a fierce shot by John Fantham and Ford followed up to slide the ball into the far corner, however Wednesday were defeated as Everton came back to score three times and win the trophy.[2]

David Ford’s second season (1966–67) for Wednesday was also a success he finished the season joint top scorer with John Ritchie with 15 goals. He won two caps for the England Under 23 team during that season playing against Wales in a 8-1 win at Molineux and against Scotland in a 1-3 defeat at St James' Park.[3] Tragedy struck during 1967 when he was involved in a serious car accident in which his fiancee was killed.[1] Ford took a long time to recover from the accident making only 14 appearances during the 1967-68 season and he was eventually sold to Newcastle United in December 1969. Ford made 26 league appearances in his 14-month stay with Newcastle, scoring three goals.[4] He returned to play in Sheffield in January 1971 when he joined Wednesday’s city rivals Sheffield United. He was not a regular in the United side making only 21 league appearances and scoring twice in over two years.[5] He moved to Halifax Town in July 1973 and played there for three seasons making 83 league appearances and scoring six goals. He was released by Halifax in May 1976 ending David Ford’s professional career.[6]

David Ford has been running his own plumbing and heating business in Sheffield for many years and he is part owner of the Champs sports bar on Ecclesall road in the city.

David Ford appeared on the BBC television football quiz "Quiz Ball" in the winter of 1967 representing Sheffield Wednesday along with fellow player Gerry Young, assistant manager John Marshall and celebrity supporter Stan Barstow.[7]

He also now owns the Cross Sythes Pub in Totley.

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  1. ^ a b "Images of Sport: Sheffield Wednesday", Nick Johnson, Tempus Publishing (2003), ISBN 0 7524 2720 2 Details debut and car accident.
  2. ^ Owls Archive. Gives details of Sheffield Wednesday career.
  3. ^ England Football Online Gives details of Under 23 caps.
  4. ^ Newcastle Fan Site. Gives details of Newcastle career.
  5. ^ Sporting Heroes - David Ford. Gives details of Sheffield United career.
  6. ^ Owls Archive. Gives details of full career.
  7. ^ Quiz Ball 1967-1968. Gives details of appearance on Quiz Ball.