Ronnie Clayton (footballer)

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Ronnie Clayton
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Personal information
Full name Ronald Clayton
Date of birth (1934-08-05)5 August 1934
Place of birth Preston, England
Date of death 29 October 2010(2010-10-29) (aged 76)
Playing position Right half
Youth career
Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1969 Blackburn Rovers 581 (15)
1969–1970 Morecambe
1970–1971 Great Harwood Town
National team
1955–1957 England U23 6 (0)
1955 England B 1 (0)
1955–1960 England 35 (0)
Teams managed
1969–1970 Morecambe (player-manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ronald "Ronnie" Clayton[1] (5 August 1934 – 29 October 2010) was an English footballer who made nearly 600 appearances in the Football League playing for Blackburn Rovers. He was capped 35 times for England between 1955 and 1960, although he failed to score.[2]

Clayton, a right half, began his career with Blackburn Rovers. He made his first-team debut as a 16-year-old in the 1950–51 season, and between then and 1969 made 581 appearances for his only Football League club.[2][3] He then became player-manager of Morecambe, and also appeared for Great Harwood Town before retiring.[4][5]

At international level, Clayton was capped six times for England under-23,[6] once for England B,[7] and 35 times at full international level, including five as captain.[8] He made his international debut against Northern Ireland in November 1955, and won his last cap against Yugoslavia in May 1960.[1] He was part of England's team at the 1958 FIFA World Cup.[9] Clayton died in October 2010.[10]

On 13 August 2011, as a sign of respect to Clayton, it was announced at half-time during the first game of the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League season, that The Blackburn End was to be renamed The Ronnie Clayton End at Ewood Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ronnie Clayton". Englandstats. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Ronnie Clayton". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ronnie Clayton Blackburn Rovers FC". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes Collections. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ronnie Clayton 1969–1970". Morecambe FC – Shrimps Supporters. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Great Harwood Legends Ronnie Clayton". Great Harwood Town F.C. 18 October 2003. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  6. ^ Courtney, Barrie (27 March 2004). "England – U-23 International Results- Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  7. ^ Courtney, Barrie (21 March 2004). "England – International Results B-Team – Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "England's Captains by Match 1946–1960". England Football Online. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "England in World Cup 1958 Squad Records". England Football Online. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "England and Blackburn winger Ronnie Clayton dies". BBCsport. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 

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