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Funeral of world's oldest football coach

Ivor Powell was the world's oldest football coach during his time with Team Bath Photo: Phil Walter/EMPICS Sport

The funeral service of Ivor Powell MBE, the long-serving football coach at the University of Bath, will take place in Bath later (Tues).

Powell, who was the world's oldest football coach during his time with Team Bath, passed away at the age of 96 earlier this month after a short illness.

Few manage to leave this world with a biography or legacy as impressive as Ivor Powell. Coal miner, international footballer, Second World War veteran and MBE. Even fewer will be remembered so fondly by so many.

In an age of mega-money football that's often criticised for losing it's common touch, Ivor Powell's passing really does mark the end of an era. His dedication and sheer enthusiasm for the game should, however, transcend his death.

Many of the generations of young sportspeople, friends and family, will join in a tribute event at the University of Bath Sports Training Village after the funeral to pay their respects.

That's where a statue of Powell stands proudly to honour the man who coached both Bath City and the university's Team Bath over a 37 year period.

In 2006 he became the Guinness World Record holder for being the world's oldest working soccer coach and he retired in May 2010 at the age of 93.

The university also set up the Ivor Powell Sports Scholarship Fund to support undergraduates who are gifted both academically and in their chosen sport.

He was just 17 when he made the moved out of his native Welsh coal mines and into playing professional football in London for Queens Park Rangers.

Powell became one of the finest players of his generation in a career that also took him to Blackpool and Aston Villa, who paid a record £17,500 transfer fee to secure his services.

He moved to Bath in 1964 and there began his extraordinary coaching career at Bath City before working at the university.

Ivor Powell is survived by his two children, Jean and Billy, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.