Ian James Love (born 1 March 1958) is a Welsh former professional footballer who played as a forward. He made 52 appearances in the Football League during spells with Swansea City, Torquay United and Cardiff City.


After playing local league football, Love joined Barry Town in 1979.[2] In two spells with Barry and one with Merthyr Tydfil, he impressed enough to be offered a professional deal by Swansea City in 1986.[3] He scored nine goals in 41 league appearances for the side. He also scored in the first leg of the 1988 Football League Fourth Division play-off Final as Swansea won promotion to the Third Division.[3]

He was sold to Torquay United for £2,000 in March 1989 but left the club soon after. He joined Cardiff City on non-contract terms,[4] making two league appearances before returning to Barry Town.[3]


  1. ^ "Ian Love". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Season Archive". Barry Town United F.C. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 119. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.
  4. ^ "Players of the Past". Swansea City A.F.C. Archived from the original on 24 March 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2018.