Whelan Ward

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Whelan Ward
Personal information
Full name Lawrence Whelan Ward
Date of birth (1929-06-15) 15 June 1929 (age 87)
Place of birth Ovenden, England
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1954 Bradford City 149 (37)
1954–1955 King's Lynn
1955–1959 Bradford Park Avenue 108 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Lawrence Whelan "Polly" Ward, (born 15 June 1929) was an English professional footballer who played as a striker for both Bradford clubs.


Born in Ovenden, England, Whelan Ward was a diminutive striker, standing just 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m), who had unsuccessful trials with Bradford Park Avenue, Leeds United, Hull City and Halifax Town. He was signed by Bradford City manager David Steele, who had him on schoolboy forms at Huddersfield Town, from Ovenden in November 1948.

Ward made his City debut on Christmas Day 1948 against Oldham Athletic. He spent six seasons at Valley Parade scoring a total of 37 league goals and five FA Cup goals in 156 appearances. He was the club's top goal-scorer in 1951–52 and featured in the club's smallest attacking line-up against Darlington in October 1962.[1]

He moved to King's Lynn in August 1954 but returned to Bradford the following year to sign for City's rivals Bradford Park Avenue. He spent four seasons with Park Avenue, returning to non-league football in August 1959 with Nelson.


  1. ^ Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903-1988. Breedon Books Sport. p. 144. ISBN 0-907969-38-0.