Former Roughrider Al Ford attacked outside Regina liquor store

Al Ford, a Reginan well-known to Saskatchewan Roughrider fans, was rushed to hospital Monday night after being assaulted and injured outside a liquor store.

Ford receives broken jaw, other injuries

Al Ford is recovering at home after being assaulted in Regina on Monday afternoon. (Courtesy Ford family)

Al Ford, a Reginan well-known to Saskatchewan Roughrider fans, was rushed to hospital Monday after being assaulted and injured outside a liquor store.

Ford's wife Sally told CBC News it happened in broad daylight at the government liquor store on Albert Street South.

She said her husband was in line to make a purchase at the store and witnessed some young people ahead of him who were refused service.

After Ford, 70, made his purchase and left the store, he was jumped by several assailants, who assaulted him, stole his alcohol and fled.

Al Ford, shown here in 2010, played with the Roughriders from 1965 to 1976. He was the team's coach in 1979 and in the 1980s was in administration with the club. (CBC)

"It was just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time," she said.

Ford received a broken jaw and a cracked orbital bone and spent much of the rest of the day at the hospital. He is now at home recovering.

Regina police said they have made an arrest following an assault at an Albert Street South store at around 4:11 p.m. CST.

They haven't named the victim, but said he's a 70-year-old man who was punched in the face and robbed after leaving the store.

A man, 29, has been charged with robbery, assault and breaching the terms of his release on other court matters. He'll be in provincial court at 2 p.m. CST.

Police said they're also looking for another possible suspect.

Ford is well known to football fans in Saskatchewan. He has two Grey Cup rings — one from his playing days in 1966 and the other from 1989 when he was the team's general manager. He also coached the team in 1979.


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