Teddy Sandford

Teddy Sandford

Edward Albert “Teddy” Sandford (born: 22 October 1910, died: May 1995) was an inside forward. During his professional career he represented West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United.

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Teddy Sandford was born in Handsworth, Birmingham. As a youth he played football for Tantany Athletic, Overend Wesley, Birmingham Carriage Works F.C. and Smethwick Highfield.

In October 1929, while still an amateur, he joined and played for 10 years for West Bromwich Albion, the club that his uncle Abe Jones had represented between 1896 and 1901.

Sandford turned professional in May 1930 and scored on his senior debut in November of the same year when Albion beat Preston North End 3-2 in a Division Two match.

During his first season, he was part of the Albion side that won promotion to the First Division and that also beat Birmingham 2-1 in the 1931 FA Cup Final. In November 1932 he won his only England cap, in a 0-0 draw with Wales at Wrexham.

Sandford scored in the 1935 FA Cup Final, but West Bromwich Albion lost the match 4-2 to Sheffield Wednesday. He joined Sheffield United for £1500 in 1939, before finishing his career with Morris Commercial F.C., retiring in May 1943. He died in Great Barr in May 1995.

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