Football Statues No 33 (in a series of several): Ivor Allchurch (1929 – 1997)
The ‘Golden Boy of Welsh Football’ enjoyed a 32-year career in which he played 691 league games finding the back of the net on 249 occasions – an impressive goal every three games.
Excepting four years at Newcastle United, and three at Cardiff City, the majority of his career was spent with his home town club Swansea Town – now Swansea City – were he is still holds the all-time club record scoring record with 166 league goals.
Capped 68 times by Wales he scored 23 times for them too, including two goals in fives games at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.
Held in high esteem by his peers, Sir Matt Busby once said that “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.”
This statue, paid for by funds raised by the Swansea City’s Supporters Trust was erected in his honour outside the Swan’s Liberty Stadium and unveiled in October 2005.