Ronnie Cope

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Ronnie Cope
Personal information
Full name Ronald Cope
Date of birth (1934-10-05)5 October 1934
Place of birth Crewe, Cheshire, England
Date of death 27 August 2016(2016-08-27) (aged 81)
Playing position Centre half
Youth career
1950–1951 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1961 Manchester United 93 (2)
1961–1963 Luton Town 28 (0)
000?–? Northwich Victoria ? (?)
Teams managed
1965–1966 Northwich Victoria
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ronald "Ronnie" Cope (5 October 1934 – 27 August 2016) was an English footballer from Crewe, Cheshire, who played as a centre half-back in the Football League for Manchester United and Luton Town.[1]

Cope played four times for England Schoolboys in 1950.[2] He joined Manchester United as an amateur in the same year, turned professional in 1951, and made his debut for the club on 29 September 1956 against Arsenal at Highbury.[3] However, he only gained a regular first-team place after the Munich air disaster.[4] He lost his first-team place to Bill Foulkes in October 1960,[citation needed] and left United for Luton Town in August 1961 on a £10,000 transfer. He left the professional scene two years later, although he continued to play at non-league level for Northwich Victoria and also served the Cheshire club as manager.[3]

His father, George, had played for Crewe Alexandra F.C.

His cousin James Makin also played for Crewe Alexandra F.C.

He has 3 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren including the 3 oldest Emily,Jamie and Josh Hart the others are unknown

Ronnie died on 27 August 2016.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Ron Cope". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Roberts, Jan (16 June 2004). "Local heroes". Ellesmere Port Pioneer. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Ronald Cope". MUFCInfo. Mark Graham. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "1957/58". Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  6. ^ COPE RONALD : Obituary

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