Ron Springett

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Ron Springett
Personal information
Full name Ronald Deryk George Springett
Date of birth (1935-07-22)22 July 1935
Place of birth Fulham, London, England
Date of death 12 September 2015(2015-09-12) (aged 80)
Place of death Kingston upon Thames, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Victoria United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1958 Queens Park Rangers 88 (0)
1958–1967 Sheffield Wednesday 345 (0)
1967–1969 Queens Park Rangers 45 (0)
Total 488 (0)
National team
1959–1966 England 33 (0)
1959–1966 Football League 9 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ronald Deryk George "Ron" Springett[1] (22 July 1935 – 12 September 2015) was a football goalkeeper for Sheffield Wednesday, QPR and England.


Springett began his career at QPR in 1953.[2] While at QPR, he was selected to play in the Third Division South representative team in 1957. He moved to Sheffield Wednesday for £10,000 in 1958 and made 384 appearances for Wednesday before returning to QPR in May 1967. As part of that deal his brother Peter, also a goalkeeper, moved to Wednesday from QPR.

Springett made 33 appearances for England,[2] all while at Sheffield Wednesday and until then the most appearances by any Sheffield Wednesday player. He held this club record for 26 years. He made his England debut against Northern Ireland at Wembley in 1959 saving a Jimmy McIlroy penalty just before half-time to help secure a narrow 2-1 victory.[2] He also saved a penalty in a match against Peru in May 1962.[3] He had been the first choice goalkeeper during the 1962 World Cup in Chile.[2] His final cap was against Norway in 1966 shortly before the World Cup finals. At international level, Springett also made 9 appearances for the Football League (squad drawn from players of all Football League teams irrespective of nationality). [4]

He was allocated the No.12 shirt as a member of the England squad, that won the 1966 World Cup by beating West Germany by 4 goals to 2.[2] However, only the 11 players on the pitch during that match received winners' medals. Following a Football Association led campaign to persuade FIFA to award medals to all the winners’ squad members, it was announced by FIFA, on 26 November 2007, that all non-starting members of World Cup winning squads (1930-1974 competitions) would also receive a winners medal. This list included Ron Springett, and so, on 10 June 2009, Springett was presented with his medal by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at a ceremony at 10 Downing Street.[5] Springett was a member of the Sheffield Wednesday team beaten 3-2 by Everton in the 1966 FA Cup Final at Wembley.[2]

He died on 12 September 2015.[2]



Sheffield Wednesday held a testimonial for Ronald Springett on 25 September 1967 at Hillsborough Stadium. (A Sheffield United XI beat a Sheffield Wednesday XI 3-2) The game was watched by 23,070 fans.[6] Following his death, Sheffield Wednesday honoured Ron by featuring him on the cover of the matchday programme and observing a minutes applause prior to the home game against Fulham on 19 September 2015. Wednesday won the game 3-2. In a post match interview, Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal dedicated the win to Springett.


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Ron Springett: England 1966 World Cup squad member dies". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Penalties against Ron Springett". Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ World Cup 1966 winners honoured
  6. ^ Dickinson, Jason (1999). One Hundred Years at Hillsborough (1899-1999). The Hallamshire press. ISBN 1-874718-29-6. 

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