Vizard Ted Image 14 Bolton Wanderers 1925

Vizard Ted Image 14 Bolton Wanderers 1925


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Born in Cogan, near Penarth, left winger Ted Vizard had played for Cogan Old Boys in 1907 and Penarth in 1908 before he joined Bolton Wanderers in September 1910 from Barry Town, making his Football League debut against Gainsborough Trinity that November, helping them to promotion to the First Division in his first season as Second Division runners up. From there, he never looked back making the outside left position his own for the next 18 seasons. In total, he made 512 appearances for the Trotters scoring 70 goals through to his final appearance at Sunderland in March 1931, aged 41, becoming the oldest player to play for the club (a record only broken in 1995 by Peter Shilton).

Described as “one of the most consummate artists in football” and “one of the daintiest and craftiest outside lefts in the country”, during his time at Bolton, he appeared in the 1923, 1926 and 1929 FA Cup Finals, all three victoriously. Vizard also won 22 international caps for Wales between 1911 and 1926, scoring once. In April 1933 Vizard gave up his position as coach of the ‘A’ team with Bolton Wanderers in order to become the manager of Swindon Town, a position he held until May 1939 when he left the club to take the reins at Queen’s Park Rangers, succeeding Billy Birrell.

Due to the outbreak of the Second World War causing the suspension of League football, he never had the chance to manage them in a competitive game. Despite this they were relatively successful in wartime football and in 1944 he replaced Major Frank Buckley as manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was appointed Wolves manager in April 1944, and despite taking them to third place in the First Division in the first peacetime season in 1946-47, and he was replaced as manager by Stan Cullis in the summer of 1948.




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