11 Facts About Alf Sherwood


Alfred Thomas Sherwood was a Welsh international footballer.


Alf Sherwood's qualities were pace, sureness of tackle and a great positional sense.


Alf Sherwood captained Wales to a famous win over England in 1955.


Alf Sherwood was born in North View Terrace, a short distance away from the ground of his hometown club Aberaman Athletic.


Alf Sherwood joined Cardiff City in 1942, from Aberaman Athletic after impressing then manager Cyril Spiers in a wartime friendly.


Alf Sherwood originally played as a wing half but during a match against Lovells Athletic the club was short of defenders so Sherwood was moved to full-back where he was so impressive that he played the position for the rest of his career.


Alf Sherwood was the stand in goalkeeper for both club and country, due to substitutes having not yet been introduced.

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Goalkeeper Ron Howells fractured his thumb while making a save during the match and Alf Sherwood took over in his place, facing a penalty from Scottish international Billy Liddell from which he performed a double save to all but assure Liverpool of relegation.


Alf Sherwood went on to become one of the all-time appearance leaders for the club in all competitions before he was allowed to leave the club by manager Trevor Morris, to join Newport County, in 1956 at the age of 33.


Alf Sherwood went on to confound critics by playing in over 200 matches for Newport as well as adding his last two Wales caps at the club.


Alf Sherwood was selected to play in the Third Division South representative team in 1957.