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QPR legend Powell dies at 96

Queens Park Rangers legend Ivor Powell has died at the age of 96.

Last Updated: 06/11/12 at 12:44 Post Comment

Ivor Powell: QPR legend has died at the age of 96

Ivor Powell: QPR legend has died at the age of 96

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Powell was one of the finest players of his generation, playing eight times for Wales and representing Blackpool and Aston Villa as well as the Loftus Road side.

He made 159 appearances for Rangers in a 12-year spell that was interrupted by the Second World War and was part of the team that clinched the Division Three South title in 1948.

The wing-half left QPR just before Christmas that year, Villa spending £17,500 to sign the tough-tackler who played for them for three seasons before leaving to take on a player-manager role at Port Vale - he also managed Bradford City and Carlisle before settling in Bath.

Powell was awarded an MBE for services to sport in 2007 and worked as a coach at the University of Bath for 37 years until retiring at the age of 93 in 2010 when he was known as the world's oldest football coach.

A statue of Powell stands at the Sports Training Village in Bath, and the university also set up the Ivor Powell Sports Scholarship Fund to support undergraduates who are gifted both academically and in their chosen sport.

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