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Bedford Jezzard

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Full nameBedford Alfred George Jezzard
Date of birth19 October 1927
Place of birthClerkenwell, England
Date of death21 May 2005(age 77)
Playing positionForward

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Bedford Alfred George Jezzard, (19 October 1927 21 May 2005), was a football player. Jezzard's teenage years coincided with the Second World War, and he began football as an amateur with Croxley Boys and later Watford, for whom he made three FA Cup appearances. Upon the resumption of peacetime football, Jezzard spent his entire professional career as a striker at Fulham, during the 1940s and 1950s. He holds the club's post-war record for league goals scored in a season 38 in 1953 54. He also won two England caps in 1954 and 1955. His Fulham career lasted only from 1948 to 1957, due to an irreversible injury. During his time at Fulham, he was picked for the London XI in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

"Beddy" Jezzard later managed Fulham from 1958 until 1964, taking them back into the First Division. He became discontented with the changes in football culture in the mid-1960s essentially the abolition of the maximum wage (through teammates Jimmy Hill and Johnny Haynes), which led to the concentration of power in the hands of the richer clubs and retired to run a pub.

He died in May 2005 at the age of 77, and had been ill with multi-infarct dementia for some time before his death.

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