1-1965-00.00-Ian CollardBorn this day 70 years ago in the North East of England. This County Durham boy was born the 31st August 1947 in South Hetton and joined the Albion as a Junior in June 1962 signing professional forms in November 1964.

A midfielder who played 97 games including 7 as a substitute, scoring on 8 occasions. One of those games was in the 1968 Cup Final when we beat Everton by 1 goal to nil. Ian made his debut in September 1964 against Burnley.

Ian was also a member of the Wembley 1967 losing League Cup final side. He left for Ipswich in May 1969 for £55,000, this deal saw Danny Hegan move in the opposite direction. Unfortunately injury in 1976 curtailed his career but the wanderlust took him coaching in Kuwait, USA, Australia and finally back home in Ipswich.

Ian has long retired and still lives in Ipswich with his wife Sonia, though spending months in the warmer climes of Tenerife.

2-1965-Ian Collard

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 70TH. HAPPY BIRTHDAY IAN