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Ronnie Clayton

Blackburn Rovers FC

35 appearances, 0 goals

P 35 W 19 D 9 L 7 F 91: A 48
67% successful

1955-62

disciplined: none
captain:
five
minutes played:
3150

Timeline

  Ronald Clayton
Birth 5 August 1934 in Preston, Lancashire [registered in Preston, September 1934].
Attended Ribbleton Avenue Methodist School and Fishwick Secondary Modern, Preston
Marriage to Valerie Elizabeth Smith, at All Souls' Church, Blowick, Southport, Monday, 25 March 1957 [registered in Southport, March 1957].
with children Russell A.
(1959), Cheryl G. (1960) and Howard F. (1963)
  "Clayton is to be married at All Souls, Blowick, Southport, on Monday, March 25th to Miss Valerie Elizabeth Smith, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Smith of 251, Wennington-road, Southport. They are to take over a newsagent business in Darwen. The bride is a comptometer operator and was formerly a shop assistant at Southport. The bridegroom is the younger son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Clayton, 68, Garsdale-road, Ribbleton, Preston. His best man will be his elder brother, Kenneth, who is the Rovers' left-half."
Death 29 October 2010 at Royal Blackburn Hospital, Blackburn, Lancashire, aged 76 years, 86 days. Lived in Wilpshire.
Funeral 9 November 2010; Service held in Blackburn Cathedral, family service held at Pleasington Cemetery, where he is buried.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies A Slave To Soccer - Ronnie Clayton
 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Played his school football with Preston Schools and Lancashire Youths, and then signed amateur forms with Blackburn Rovers FC in July 1949, turning professional in August 1951 (He missed out on signing for Preston North End FC after the Deepdale club refused to sign Ronnie and his brother Ken!). Left Rovers after 581 league appearances to join Morecambe FC as player-manager in July 1969 until August 1970, when he was sacked one game into the new season.  Joined Harwood Wellington FC late in 1970, before retiring.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1959-60;
Individual honours Football League (ten appearances).
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5'10", 11st 4lbs [1958].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 751st players (751) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
First match No. 300, 2 November 1955, England 3 Northern Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 21 years 89 days;
Last match No. 339, 11 May 1960, England 3 Yugoslavia 3, a friendly match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 25 years 280 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1958;
British Championship
1955-56, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60;
Team honours British Championship winner 1956-57; (joint) winner 1955-56,1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60;
Individual honours England B (three appearances, two captaincies, 1955-57)
England U23 (four full appearances, one captaincy, 1955-57, one unofficial appearance 1955).
"On the day of the announcement of his marriage in Southport next month, Ronnie Clayton, Blackburn Rovers' young-Preston born right-half, was to-day chosen to captain the England Under-23 team to play Scotland Under-23 at Ibrox Park on Tuesday."
Distinctions Died sixteen days after Eddie Baily.

Beyond England

During his Blackburn Rovers career, Clayton ran a newsagent's shop and, after a short spell as player manager of Morecambe, worked as an area manager for tyre company ATS.- Andy Cryer, Lancashire Telegraph, 29 October 2010/An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.67.

 

Ronnie Clayton - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Starts sub on sub off Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
39+ 35 18 35 0 0 3150 0 0 min 0 five none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.

 

Ronnie Clayton - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 18 13 3 2 54 23 +31 0 5 3.00 1.278 80.6 +11
Away 16 6 6 4 37 24 +13 3 3 2.313 1.50 56.3 +2
Neutral 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
All 35 19 9 7 91 48 +43 4 8 2.60 1.371 67.1 +12

 

Ronnie Clayton - Match Record - By Shirt Colour
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 33 18 9 6 87 44 +43 4 8 2.636 1.333 68.2 +12
Red 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
Blue 1 0 0 1 1 4 -3 0 0 1.00 4.00 0.00 -1
All 35 19 9 7 91 48 +43 4 8 2.60 1.371 67.1 +12

 

Ronnie Clayton - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

4 3 1 0 15 5 +10 0 0 3.75 1.25 87.5 +3
WCF 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0 1 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
World Cup 5 3 1 1 15 6 +9 1 0 3.00 1.20 70.0 +2
British Championship 13 7 5 1 29 14 +15 0 4 2.231 1.077 73.1 +6
Friendly 17 9 3 5 47 28 +19 3 4 2.765 1.647 61.8 +4
All 35 19 9 7 91 48 +43 4 8 2.60 1.371 67.1 +12

 

Ronnie Clayton - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP 1956-58 4 3 1 0 15 5 +10 0 0 3.75 1.25 87.5 +3
WCP All 4 3 1 0 15 5 +10 0 0 3.75 1.25 87.5 +3
World Cup Final Tournament
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1958 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
WCF All 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
World Cup
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1956-58 5 3 1 1 15 6 +9 1 0 3.00 1.20 70.0 +2
WC All 5 3 1 1 15 6 +9 1 0 3.00 1.20 70.0 +2
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1955-56 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 0 1 3.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1956-57 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 0 0 2.00 1.00 83.3 +2
BC 1957-58 3 2 0 1 10 3 +7 0 2 3.333 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1958-59 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 0 1 2.00 1.667 66.7 +1
BC 1959-60 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 0 0 1.333 1.00 66.7 +1
BC All 13 7 5 1 29 14 +15 0 4 2.231 1.077 73.1 +6
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 5 3 1 1 15 6 +9 1 0 3.00 1.20 70.0 +2
BC 13 7 5 1 29 14 +15 0 4 2.231 1.077 73.1 +6
All 18 10 6 2 44 20 +24 1 4 2.444 1.111 72.2 +8

Match History

Age 20 under 23  
one unofficial appearance - England Over30s May 1955
 
Age 21  
one appearance - Denmark September 1955
B  
one appearance - Yugoslavia October 1955

 Club: Blackburn Rovers F.C. - 35 full appearances (3150 min) manager: Walter Winterbottom - 35 full appearances (3150 min)x

1 300 2 November 1955 - England 3 Northern Ireland 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   4
2 301 30 November 1955 - England 4 Spain 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   4
  

under 23  
one appearance - Scotland February 1956

3 303 9 May 1956 - England 4 Brazil 2
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   4
4 304 16 May 1956 - Sweden 0 England 0
Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna

tour
AD   4
5 305 20 May 1956 - Finland 1 England 5
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
AW   4
6 306 26 May 1956 - West Germany 1 England 3
Olympiastadion, Berlin
AW   4

Age 22 under 23  
one appearance - Denmark ͨ  September 1956


7 307 6 October 1956 - Northern Ireland 1 England 1
Windsor Park, Belfast
BC AD   4
8 308 14 November 1956 - England 3 Wales 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   4
9 309 28 November 1956 - England 3 Yugoslavia 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   4
10 310 5 December 1956 - England 5 Denmark 2
Molineux, Wolverhampton
WCP HW   4

under 23  
one appearance - Scotland February 1957

11 311 6 April 1957 - England 2 Scotland 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   4
12 312 8 May 1957 - England 5 Republic of Ireland 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley

WCP
HW   4
13 313 15 May 1957 - Denmark 1 England 4
Idrætsparken, København
AW   4
14 314 19 May 1957 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 1
Dalymount Park, Dublin
AD   4
B  
two appearances ͨ  -  Romania & Czechoslovakia May 1957

Age 23
15 315 19 October 1957 - Wales 0 England 4
Ninian Park, Cardiff
BC AW   4
16 316 6 November 1957 - England 2 Northern Ireland 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HL   4
17 317 27 November 1957 - England 4 France 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   4
18 318 19 April 1958 - Scotland 0 England 4
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AW   4
19 319 7 May 1958 - England 2 Portugal 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley

tour
HW   4
20 320 11 May 1958 - Yugoslavia 5 England 0
Stadion
JNA
, Beograd
  AL   4
321 18 May 1958 - USSR 1 England 1, Lenin Stadium, Moskva   AD reserve
322 8 June 1958 - England 2 USSR 2, Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg
WCF
ND reserve
15
323 11 June 1958 - Brazil 0 England 0, Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg ND
324 15 June 1958 - England 2 Austria 2, Ryavallen Stadion, Borås ND
21 325 17 June 1958 - USSR 1 England 0, Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg NL Start

Age 24
22 326 4 October 1958 - Northern Ireland 3 England 3
Windsor Park, Belfast
BC AD   4
23 327 22 October 1958 - England 5 USSR 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   4
24 328 26 November 1958 - England 2 Wales 2
Villa Park, Birmingham
BC HD   4
25 329 11 April 1959 - England 1 Scotland 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
HW   4
26 330 6 May 1959 - England 2 Italy 2
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HD   4
27 331 13 May 1959 - Brazil 2 England 0
Estádio Municipal, Rio

tour
AL   4
28 332 17 May 1959 - Peru 4 England 1
Estadio Nacional Coloso de José Díaz, Lima
AL   4
29 333 24 May 1959 - Mexico 2 England 1
Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
AL   4
30 334 28 May 1959 - United States 1 England 8
Wrigley Field, Los Angeles
Fr AW   4

Age 25
31 335 17 October 1959 - Wales 1 England 1
Ninian Park, Cardiff
BC AD   4 ͨ
32 336 28 October 1959 - England 2 Sweden 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HL   4 ͨ
33 337 18 November 1959 - England 2 Northern Ireland 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   4 ͨ
34 338 9 April 1960 - Scotland 1 England 1
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AD   4 ͨ
35 339 11 May 1960 - England 3 Yugoslavia 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HD   4 ͨ
  

Age 27
355 4 April 1962 - England 3 Austria 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW reserve
  

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