Ivor Powell, who was the world’s oldest football coach during his time with Team Bath, has passed away at the age of 96. Powell was one of the finest players of his generation in a career that saw him play for Wales, Blackpool, Queen’s Park Rangers and Aston Villa, the latter paying a record £17,500 transfer for a half-back to secure his services.
Powell, who was capped eight time for his country, started his playing career at QPR in 1937 and also had spells with Aston Villa and Blackpool.
Powell won a place in the Guinness Book of Records for his role as the world’s oldest working football coach in 2006.
He was made an MBE in the 2008 for services to sport.
A statement on the QPR website read: “The club would like to extend its deepest condolences to Ivor’s family and friends at this sad time. May he rest in peace.”
Born on 5 July 1916 in south Wales, he started his working life down the mines and was spotted by QPR playing for South Wales League side Bargoed aged 17.
At his playing peak in 1948, Powell set a record transfer fee for a half-back of £17,500 when he moved to Aston Villa.
He was a team-mate and close friend of Sir Stanley Matthews at Blackpool and was best man at his wedding.