Stephen Ford (footballer)

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Stephen Ford
Personal information
Full name Stephen Ford
Date of birth 29 August 1914
Place of birth South Kirkby, Yorkshire, England
Date of death 1992
Playing position Defender
Youth career
South Kirkby Common Road
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1933 South Kirkby
1933–1933 Sheffield Wednesday
1933–1937 Rotherham United
1937–1952 West Ham
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stephen Ford (29 August 1914 in South Kirkby, Yorkshire – 1992) was an English footballer who played as a centre half and later as a full-back.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Ford began his career as a junior with South Kirkby Common Road,[2] before joining South Kirkby.[3] In January 1933 he joined Sheffield Wednesday,[4] but after just two months at Sheffield Wednesday he moved to Rotherham United.[5] In January 1937 West Ham United paid around £3,000 (a record fee)[6] to beat many other clubs to the signing of Ford from Rotherham, where he had only missed two first team matches in four seasons.[7]

Wartime football[edit]

During World War II Ford worked in a colliery whilst making guest appearances primarily for West Ham,[8] where he played in the 1940 Football League War Cup Semi-final win against Fulham.[9] In 1943 he made guest appearances for Hartlepool United.[10]

Coaching career[edit]

After ending his League career in 1951, he spent time as manager of Western League team Penzance.


Ford was the older brother of footballer John Ford, who played for Stoke City and Gainsborough Trinity.[11]


  1. ^ "Wednesday Sign A Centre Half". Sheffield Independent. 11 January 1933. p. 10. 
  2. ^ "Rotherham United". Sheffield Independent. 16 March 1933. p. 10. 
  3. ^ "South Kirkby Colliery (Almost) Complete History". Matthew Thomas. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Wednesday Sign A Centre Half". Sheffield Independent. 11 January 1933. p. 10. 
  5. ^ "Rotherham United". Sheffield Independent. 16 March 1933. p. 10. 
  6. ^ "Big Fee for Ford". Hartlepool Northern Daily Echo. 14 January 1937. p. 19. 
  7. ^ "Transfer Market". Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette. 14 January 1937. p. 11. 
  8. ^ "West Ham in Thriller". Sports Argus. 25 May 1940. p. 1. 
  9. ^ "Today's Football". Liverpool Daily Post. 1 June 1940. p. 4. 
  10. ^ "Pools Team". Hartlepool Northern Daily Echo. 24 September 1943. p. 3. 
  11. ^ "Stoke Player Joins Trinity". Lincolnshire Echo. 29 July 1938. p. 3. 
  • Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 84. ISBN 1-903135-50-8. 
  • Steven Forde,, last accessed 15 January 2007