Members News: Ron Newman RIP (01/05/1933 – 20/02/2021)

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Ron in the Bantams Blue & White kit

We are very sorry to have to report that our veteran member, former ‘Bantams’ forward, Ron Newman passed away last Saturday (20th February) aged 87 after a short illness. The Association and our membership send our sincere condolences to Ron’s family in their time of loss.

Ron was Welshman, born in Pontypridd and started out locally with Ynysybwl FC. He got his Football League break at Northampton Town in October 1953 and ended up making 18 appearances for the Cobblers (5 goals) before being brought to Highfield Road, signed up for the ‘Bantams’ by manager George Raynor in March 1956 with City forward Charlie Dutton going the other way. 

Ron made his debut at Highfield Road in a D3 South game at Highfield Road against Southampton on 17th March 1956 and got a goal within one minute of his debut in a 2-0 win, the other coming from Rons’ fellow Association member, the late Ken McPherson

Ron at Legends Day 2012


CCFC, however, used Ron sparingly and variedly as he wore the No.7, 8 and 10 shirts in his outings in a struggling side! In just over a year with the City, over two seasons, Ron pulled on the first team shirt 13 times and netted only once more before moving on to Torquay United in summer 1957.

At Plainmoor Ron only made four appearances before dropping into non-league action with, successively, Bedford, Rugby Town and Rushden Town. He then became a coach with Wellingborough in 1964 before hanging up his boots and leaving the game.

In civilian life he worked in the insurance industry before a well earned retirement in 1996.

Ron has attended several Legends Days in the past but sadly he has been unable to attend CCFPA events in recent years. Nevertheless Ron’s widow Shiela reminded us that he remained a proud member of CCFPA and enjoyed keeping up with all the news via our Newsletters. 

We will keep members up to date with Ron’s funeral arrangements when we have them to hand and, no doubt, a full appreciation of Ron’s footballing life, penned by CCFPA Chairman (and the club’s official historian) Jim Brown, will appear on this site in due course.

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