'World's Oldest' Soccer Coach Ivor Powell Retires

Welshman decided to hang up his boots.
The man believed to be the oldest football coach in the world, Ivor Powell, is to retire from football.

The 93-year-old, who is coach of Team Bath at the city’s university, has finally called time on his career.

Powell worked in the mines before earning a career in football, playing as an inside left for QPR, Aston Villa and Blackpool in the 30s and 40s - as well as winning 14 international caps for Wales.

The Welshman, whose best man at his wedding was the great Stanley Matthews, became a coach; managing Port Vale, Bradford City and Carlisle United and Greek side, POAK.

Powell even worked as a coach alongside Don Revie at Leeds United before going on to become a coach at Bath City.

He told the BBC: “I feel so pleased and proud of my lifetime, but this is the most important time now.

“I’ve had very happy times and I’ve been very happy at the University of Bath.”

Speaking in 2008 after Powell received an MBE from The Queen at Buckingham Palace, Ged Roddy, Director of Sport at the University of Bath, said: "Ivor is an inspiration to us all.

"He's a tremendous character and he exudes a real passion and enthusiasm for football.
“We're privileged to have had him working at the University of Bath for more than three decades and we're proud and delighted.”

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