Ron Stitfall

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Ron Stitfall
Personal information
Full name Ronald Frederick Stitfall
Date of birth (1925-12-14)14 December 1925
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Date of death 22 June 2008(2008-06-22) (aged 82)
Place of death Cardiff, Wales
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1963 Cardiff City 402 (8)
National team
1952–1957 Wales 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ronald Frederick "Ron" Stitfall (14 December 1925 – 22 June 2008) was a Welsh professional footballer and Wales international. A one club man he played his entire career for his hometown club Cardiff City.[1]

Career[edit]

Born in Cardiff, Stitfall was a keen Cardiff City fan, often attending games at Ninian Park before going on to join the club in 1939, making his debut in a wartime friendly at the age of 14 against Swansea Town.[2] He went on to feature in a number of friendlies for the club before serving in the army for four years during World War II. He eventually returned to play for Cardiff in 1947 and made his professional debut for the club in October 1947 when he started a match against Bradford City at left-back in place of Alf Sherwood who was away on international duty for Wales. The match finished 0-0 due to Stitfall making a last minute goal line clearance to save a point for the Bluebirds.

In his first few years at Cardiff he played in numerous positions, including scoring five times during a spell wearing the number nine shirt as a striker during the 1949-50 season. Despite this he went on to score just eight league goals during his entire league career. For more than a decade he formed a formidable full back pairing with another Cardiff City great and Wales international in Alf Sherwood, who eventually left the club in 1955. In total Stitfall played as a professional for Cardiff for eighteen seasons before retiring.[3] During his career at Cardiff he also played alongside his two brothers at the club. Albert Stitfall made a handful of appearances alongside Ron in the first team and Bob Stitfall played as a goalkeeper for the club and, although he never made a professional appearance for the club, he did play alongside his brothers for the reserve side.

During his career Stitfall gained two caps for Wales, making his debut in a 5-2 defeat against England on 12 November 1952 and winning his second cap five years later against Czechoslovakia in May 1957.[4]

After retiring he became a youth coach at Cardiff, including coaching John Toshack who was in the youth system at the time, before joining the training staff at Newport County. He later went on to become kit manager for the Welsh national side.[5]

Honors[edit]

Cardiff City
1955-56, 1958-59
1959-60

References[edit]

  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 
  1. ^ "FAW mourn defender Ron Stitfall". BBC Sport. 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  2. ^ "Ron Stitfall: stalwart of Cardiff City FC". Independent.co.uk. 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Ron Stitfall". NeilBrown.com. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  4. ^ "In memory:Ron Stitfall". Cardiffcity.co.uk. 24 June 2008. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tribute to Ron Stitfall". Tthisisannouncements.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-12-03.