University of Bath hosts special tribute to football legend Ivor Powell
Representatives from the University of Bath paid tribute to footballing legend Ivor Powell during a special event at the sports training village.
The event followed a funeral service for Mr Powell, who was the world’s oldest football coach during his time with Team Bath.
He died earlier this month aged 96.
Ivor played for Wales, Blackpool, Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers during a distinguished career.
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When he hung up his boots Ivor became a coach and spent 37 years coaching both Bath City and the university’s Team Bath.
University vice-chancellor Dame Glynis Breakwell said: “Ivor was all about determination and success, and doing it in a way which was of the finest quality.
“Ivor leaves us with many, many happy memories and his legacy lives on through the Ivor Powell Award for Coaching Excellence, which is presented at the annual Blues Awards, and also through the Ivor Powell Sports Scholarship Fund.”
His funeral service was held at Haycombe Crematorium and was followed by the tribute event at the University.
Former University head football coach and current manager at Exeter City Paul Tisdale said: “There’s a hole in my life since Ivor’s passing.
“I worked alongside Ivor for seven years as a football coach here at the University.
“Little did I know the influence he would have on helping me form my coaching philosophies and work ethics, Ivor could always lend the most pertinent advice.”
Former University of Bath footballers who were coached by Ivor were among those celebrating his life.