Born in Swansea in 1929, Ivor Allchurch made 691 league appearances and had the distinction of being known as ‘The Golden Boy’ of Welsh football. Sir Matt Busby once said of Ivor:
“Ivor never needed a number on his back for identification. His polish, his class could not be missed. He vies with the greatest of all time, yet he has a modesty that becomes him”
He began his career with Swansea Town, making 327 appearances after joining the club in 1947, scoring 124 goals in the process.
He then moved to Newcastle United for around £28,000 playing a further 143 games, before moving on to play for Cardiff City, for whom he scored on his debut in a 4 – 4 draw against Newcastle.
Ivor then went back to his roots, making another 118 appearances from Swansea Town.
In his international career he won 68 caps for Wales, scoring 23 goals. He was also part of the Welsh squad which played in the 1958 World Cup along with his brother Len, a fellow player at Swansea Town.