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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 October 2005, 11:47 GMT 12:47 UK
Swans unveil Allchurch monument
Ivor Allchurch graced the pitch for Swansea and Wales
Ivor Allchurch graced the pitch for Swansea and Wales
Swansea have honoured one of their finest ever footballers, unveiling a statue of Ivor Allchurch MBE at the city's New Stadium.

Swansea City's Supporters Trust helped raise funds for the life-sized statue of Allchurch, which stands in front of the ticket office.

Allchurch, who died in 1997, won 68 caps for Wales from 1951 to 1966, scoring 23 goals.

The statue was unveiled ahead of the League One match against Oldham.

Trust chairman Ron Knuszka told the club's official website: "To me Ivor was simply the greatest.

"Saturday is a very proud moment, not just for the Trust, but for everyone as fans of Swansea.

"When I first realised that the generosity of the fans would take the idea past a bronze bust to a full life-sized statue, it was a realisation that Ivor really was the greatest player Swansea have ever had."

Allchurch joined the Swans in May 1947, and during his two spells at the Vetch Field scored 164 league goals from 445 appearances.

He also played for Newcastle United and Cardiff City, while brother Len also played for Swansea and Wales alongside his older sibling.


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