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Tony Ford (footballer born 1959)

Personal information
Full nameAnthony Ford
Date of birth14 May 1959(age 57)
Place of birthGrimsby, England
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionMidfielder

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Anthony "Tony" Ford MBE (born 14 May 1959 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire) is a former English footballer. Through most of his career, Ford was a right-sided midfielder, but in the later years of his career, he was converted to right-back. In a career that spanned 26 years, Ford played no less than 931 league matches, which is the all-time record for matches played in the English league by an outfield player. Only goalkeeper Peter Shilton (1005 matches) has played more. Ford is in fact only one of two outfield players to play in English football to have ever passed 1000 games in competitive matches (league and cup) with the other being Graham Alexander.

The only league ground he had not played on when he retired was White Hart Lane.

However, he never played in the Football League First Division or the FA Premier League.

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