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stoke canary, May 29, 2013 in Main Discussion - Norwich City
Of course in those days city would always sell any player if
One day after seeing city play in London, went to Liverpool
I got into conversation with Ron, and asked him why his
I also seem to recall towards the end of his career, he
A player I loved watching, and as others have stated the
Two goals from a 3-3 home draw with Man City in 1965. A massive far-post header (harder and further than a Julien Brellier shot...) from a left-wing cross. A turn on the half way line to flummox the central defender, a run, and an emphatic finish from outside the penalty area that the goalie may have seen.RIP.
When I was a boy money was in short supply in my family. However, if I was fortunate enough to get a birthday or Christmas present that was special, everyone who was kind to me knew that a football annual book would draw joy from me more than anything else. I would study those books for hours reading the history and looking at the beautiful photographs/illustrations, the great players in history from past decades in their wonderful club colors swooping down on goal just evading the tackle of an opposing defender, equally resplendent in their own color. As I studied the determination on their faces and read the background of the clubs and players such as Tommy Lawton, Alex James, Stanley Matthews and the like, I would fantasize about he colors I would wear one day.
Even in those early years I knew the kind of footballer I wanted to be. Talented, determined, fair, unselfish. When Ron Davies arrived at Carrow Road and made his mark for the club he was all of the things that I had imagined as a young boy that I wanted to be. He ran like a gazelle. He was good with his feet but when the ball arrived in the air in the opponents penalty area you could always sense the heightened anticipation of the crowd. Ron seemed to have that wonderful ability of rising effortlessly in the air and, when his head connected with the ball, you expected the ball to fly fast and true. My favorite striker ever in a Norwich shirt. Rest in peace Ron.
66 goals in just 126 games for us. If only he''d still been with us when we finally made the big-time. I believe he scored at an even faster rate for Southampton in the top division. Sir Matt Busby described him as the best Number 9 in Europe. Accolades don''t come much higher.
One of my favourite football quotes was Geoffrey Watling''s from when he signed him. "If you fail your medical we''ll sack the doctor".
RIP Ronald Tudor Davies of Flint.
After the GIVE IT TO RON appeal they published an interview on the website. I hope this link works ok, I haven''t watched it back. It''s the great man in later life with his memories..
[quote user="ricardo"]Oh dear, so shocked to hear this news. Ron was a big part of my youthful City supporting life in the 1960''s. I remember we signed him from Luton for £35k, a big fee in those days and in his first game he scored in a come from behind victory, against Scunthorpe I believe.When I got home I told my dad that I had seen a future star of the game and I wasn''t wrong. He went on to score 30 goals that season.From the first moment you saw Ron you knew he had something a bit out of the ordinary. I have watched City for almost 60 years but never have I seen a better header of the Ball than Ron Davies. He could hold the ball up, score with both feet and had a big physical presence and in the air he was totaly supreme.Nowadays somebody like that would cost you £ 40 or £50 million. How we ever let him go for a derisory £55k will always remain a mystery to me.Ted McDougal might have been a better goalscorer but in my opinion Ron Davies was the most complete Centre Forward ever to wear the yellow and green.Farewell Ron, I have wonderful memories of you and I''m proud to say that I saw you play.[/quote]
A fantastic player who will never be forgotten. It broke my heart when we sold him.
[quote user="Dr Crafty Canary"]The finest centre forward to ever have worn the yellow and green. I watched him put four past us for Luton Town at Kennilworth Road and he was simply magnificent. When we signed him I couldn''t quite believe it and was mortified when we gave him away to Saints. About a week earlier Wynn Davies had moved from Wrexham to Newcastle for £100k reportedly and he wasn''t the player big Ron was although he was the preferred choice for Wales.
No, it was hyperbole. Insular hyperbole. Davies was a very good player but hardly, to name just one European centre-forward of the time, in Florian Albert''s class.
[quote user="Dr Crafty Canary"]The finest centre forward to ever have worn the yellow and green. I watched him put four past us for Luton Town at Kennilworth Road and he was simply magnificent. When we signed him I couldn''t quite believe it and was mortified when we gave him away to Saints. About a week earlier Wynn Davies had moved from Wrexham to Newcastle for £100k reportedly and he wasn''t the player big Ron was although he was the preferred choice for Wales. Ron was the complete centre forward and Busby''s assessment of him was not hyperbole, just the simple truth at that time. Thank you Ron for the memories. You were, still are and probably always will be my choice as City''s greatest ever player.[/quote]
Totally agree with that.
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