R.I.P. Ron Davies

‘The finest centre forward in Europe’ – Sir Matt Busby, 1969.

When Rickie Lambert netted his 100th Saints goal earlier this season he joined an elite list of forwards that includes Martin Chivers, Terry Paine, Matthew Le Tissier, Mick Channon and Ron Davies.

Sadly Ron passed away yesterday at his American home, just one day shy of his 71st birthday.

To say Davies was a legend amongst Saints fans would never do it justice. Twice first division top scorer while at the club, Davies grew a fearsome reputation amongst the opposition with his fantastic ability in the air.

Having been too young to see him first hand I asked some of those that did.

‘What a player, had he been playing today he would have been worth £25 million.’

‘Unbeatable in the air. Today’s defenders would be powerless, a great talent and a gent’

Ron Davies. 281 Saints games, 154 Saints goals.
Ron Davies. 281 Saints games, 154 Saints goals.

R.I.P. Ron. Heaven has another Saint.

One thought on “R.I.P. Ron Davies”

  1. I can only echo the comments of the others you asked – I do feel genuinely privileged to have seen him at his peak…and in a team that played such an exciting brand of football. Lovely guy too, we (a couple of 12 year olds) hung around waiting to get his autograph and he always had time to chat and never seemed in a rush to get away- I wish I had those signatures today just for the noatalgic pleasure. A great player, probably the best header of a ball that I’ve seen in any shirt and he played for my team. RIP Big Ron – and thanks!

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