Ron Davies (footballer, born 1932)

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Ron Davies
Personal information
Full name Ronald Thomas Davies
Date of birth (1932-09-21)21 September 1932
Place of birth Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Date of death December 2007 (age 75)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Full-back
Youth career
Merthyr Tydfil
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1958 Cardiff City 32 (3)
1958–1964 Southampton 162 (0)
1964–1967 Aldershot 85 (1)
1967–???? Andover
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ronald Thomas Davies (21 September 1932 – December 2007) was a Welsh professional footballer who played as a full-back for Cardiff City and Southampton in the 1950s and 1960s.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Merthyr Tydfil, he started his career as an amateur with Merthyr Tydfil, before signing for Football League First Division team Cardiff City in October 1952. It was until the 1955–56 season that he made his debut for the first team, generally at full back although he was occasionally pressed into service as a forward. In his time with Cardiff he made a total of 32 appearances scoring three goals.

In March 1958, Ted Bates signed him for £7,000 to replace the recently retired Len Wilkins. He soon proved to be a worthy successor and was an ever-present during the Saints' 1959–60 Third Division championship season. According to Holley & Chalk's "The Alphabet of the Saints" he was "unlucky not to gain international recognition during his spell with the club".[1]

He adjusted well to football in the Second Division and missed only one game in 1960–61, but the following season he had to vie for the No.2 shirt with Roy Patrick before losing out altogether to Wales international Stuart Williams in September 1962. For the next two seasons he spent most of his time in the reserves. His final first team outing was on 4 January 1964 in an FA Cup match at The Dell against Manchester United. After a total of 185 appearances for the Saints, without ever scoring, he was transferred to Aldershot in August 1964.

After three seasons at Aldershot he moved to lower league football with Andover. He managed the Winchester Snooker Centre before retiring to Wales in 1997. In his later life he suffered with Alzheimer's disease.[2] His death was reported in December 2007.[3]

Honours[edit]

Southampton

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 93. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  2. ^ Bull, David (22 December 2007). "Ron Davies and John Hollowbread". Saints official matchday programme: p. 45. 
  3. ^ "Saints mourn Ron (Report of his death)". saintsfc.co.uk. 11 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-13.