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Fred Ford (footballer)

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Date of birthFebruary 10, 1916
Date of death1981

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Fred Ford (Born 10 February 1916 - Died 1981) is a former footballer and manager.

Ford played for a number of clubs before becoming the manager of Bristol City in 1960, he had previously also coached the England B team and Under-23 side. He remained in charge of City until 1967 when he moved to Swindon Town for the first time as a coaching assistant.

Ford moved to City's rivals Bristol Rovers in 1968 and took up the post of team manager until 1969 when he was appointed manager at Swindon.

Swindon had just won the 1969 League Cup and promotion to Division Two but Danny Williams had left the club without a coach. Ford joined Swindon in July 1969, with the team preparing for both the 1969 Anglo-Italian League Cup and the 1970 Anglo-Italian Cup, competitions they went on to win under Ford's stewardship.

The teams performance the following year led to the board signing Dave Mackay with a view to him taking on management, Mackay refused to usurp Ford and remained a player until Ford's eventual dismissal on 1 November 1971.

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