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Ron Flowers

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

49 appearances, 10 goals, six penalties

P 49 W 24 D 12 L 13 F 135: A 70
*(actual F 134: A 69)
61% successful

1955-66

disciplined: none
captain:
three
minutes played:
4342

Timeline

  Ronald Flowers MBE (*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)
Birth Saturday, 28 July 1934 in Edlington, Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Doncaster, September 1934].
Attended Edlington Grammar School
Married to Yvonne M. Hart, at Molineux Hotel, 24 February 1957 [registered in Wolverhampton, March 1957].
Died Friday, 12 November 2021 in Acton Trussell, Staffordshire, aged 87 years 107 days
Funeral Saturday, 20 November 2021 at St. Peter's Collegiate Church, Wulfruna Street in Wolverhampton

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Flowers was spotted playing at school by Doncaster Rovers FC, whilst he was also representing Doncaster & Yorkshire Boys FC. He joined Wath Wanderers FC in Juy 1950, a nursery club to Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, with whom he signed professional forms in July 1952. He remained at Molineux, despite an offer from Aston Villa FC in October 1966, which Villa denied. However, on 1 September 1967, he signed for Northampton Town FC as the new club captain for under £10,000, stepping up to management on 30 May 1968. In July 1969, he played for and coached Telford United FC.
League honours
528+1 appearances, 37 goals
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1952-67 467 appearances 33 goals
debut: 20 September 1952 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2 Blackpool FC 5.
Northampton Town FC 1967-69 61+one appearances, four goals.
debut (division three): 2 September 1967 Torquay United FC 0 Northampton Town FC 0.
last (division three): 29 April 1969 Oldham Athletic FC 1 Northampton Town FC 1.
Club honours Football League Division One third place 1952-53 (20 apps, 1ᵍ), 1955-56 (18, 1ᵍ), Champions 1953-54 (15), 1957-58 (28, 3ᵍ), 1958-59 (31), runners-up 1954-55 (37, 5ᵍ), 1959-60 (35, 4ᵍ); Division Two runners-up 1966-67 (14);
FA Charity Shield
shared 1954, 1960, runners-up 1958, winners 1959;
FA Cup winners
1959-60 (7, 2ᵍ);
European Cup Winners Cup semi-finals 1960-61
;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Brother of John (Stoke City FC, Doncaster Rovers FC, Port Vale FC, 1963-72), Nephew of George (Doncaster Rovers FC, Bradford FC, Tranmere Rovers FC, Rochdale AFC 1929-40).
Honoured with an MBE in the Queen's 2021 New Years Honours List for services to football
Height/Weight 5' 11", 12st. 11lbs [1960].

Source

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

Management Career

Club(s) Flowers was approached to become Mansfield Town FC's new player-manager, but Wolves turned that opportunity. However, after becoming the club captain, he stepped up to the role of player-manager at Northampton Town FC from 30 May 1968 until 13 May 1969, following Town's relegation o the Fourth Division. On 12 July 1969, he played for and coached the newly-named Telford United FC. Resigned on 23 October 1971.

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 746th players (747) player to appear for England.
Position(s) Right/left-half
First match No. 295, 15 May 1955, France 1 England 0, an end-of-season tour match at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris, aged 20 years 291 days.
Last match No. 401, 29 June 1966, Norway 1 England 6, a pre-World Cup warm up tour match at Ullevål Stadion, Ullevål, Oslo, aged 31 years 336 days.
Major tournaments FIFA World Cup Finals 1958 (provisional squad), 1962, 1966;
British Championship 1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1964-65;
Team honours FIFA World Cup winner 1966;
British Championship shared 1958-59, 1959-60, winners 1960-61, 1964-65, runners-up 1962-63;
Individual honours England B (one postponed appearance 1955),
England U23
(unused substitute in 1954, twos appearance 1955)
Distinctions The 65th West Ridian to represent England.
Scored in four consecutive internationals between May and June 1962, a record for a non-forward.
Died exactly a year after Albert Quixall

Beyond England

Resigned from management to concentrate on his sports business in Wolverhampton.  - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.98.


The Numbers
parties Apps comp. apps Starts sub unused Mins. goals ave.min comp. goals Pens Capt. Disc.
tbc 49 25 48 ▲1
▼0
0 4342 10 434 min 4 6 three 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.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
49 24 12 13 135 70 +65 6 9 2.755 1.429 61.2 +9

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 19 12 5 2 59 25 +34 0 4 3.105 1.316 76.3 +10
Away 25 11 5 9 70 38 +32 5 4 2.80 1.52 54.0 +2
Neutral 5 1 2 2 6 7 -1 1 1 1.20 1.40 40.0 -1

Shirt Record

Colour P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 42 21 10 11 117 62 +55 5 5 2.786 1.476 62.2 +10
Red 6 3 2 1 17 4 +13 1 4 2.833 0.667 66.7 +2
Blue 1 0 0 1 1 4 -3 0 0 1.00 4.00 0.0 -1

Competition Record

Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

4 3 1 0 16 2 +14 0 2 4.00 0.50 87.5 +3
WCF 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 1 1 1.25 1.50 37.5 -1
World Cup 8 4 2 2 21 8 +13 1 3 2.625 1.00 62.5 +2

ENP

2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 0 0 1.50 3.00 25.0 -1
ENF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
European Nations Cup 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 0 0 1.50 3.00 25.0 -1
British Championship 15 8 5 2 38 19 +19 1 2 2.533 1.267 70.0 +6
Minor Tournament 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
Friendly 23 12 3 8 72 36 +36 4 4 3.13 1.565 58.7 +4

Tournament Record

World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP 1960-61 4 3 1 0 16 2 +14 0 2 4.00 0.50 87.5 +3
WCP All 4 3 1 0 16 2 +14 0 2 4.00 0.50 87.5 +3

World Cup Final Tournament
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1962 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 1 1 1.25 1.50 37.5 -1
WCF 1966 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 00.0 =0
WCF All 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 1 1 1.25 1.50 37.5 -1

World Cup
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1960-62 8 4 2 2 21 8 +13 1 3 2.625 1.00 62.5 +2
WC 1964-66 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 00.0 =0
WC All 8 4 2 2 21 8 +13 1 3 2.625 1.00 62.5 +2

European Nations Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ENP 1960-61 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 0 0 1.50 3.00 25.0 -1
ENP All 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 0 0 1.50 3.00 25.0 -1

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1958-59 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 0 1 1.50 1.00 75.0 +1
BC 1959-60 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 0 0 1.333 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1960-61 3 3 0 0 19 6 +13 0 0 6.333 2.00 100.0 +3
BC 1961-62 3 0 2 1 2 4 -2 1 0 0.667 1.333 33.3 -1
BC 1962-63 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 0 1 2.667 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1964-65 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 15 8 5 2 38 19 +19 1 2 2.533 1.267 70.0 +6

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 8 4 2 2 21 8 +13 1 3 2.625 1.00 62.5 +2
EC 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 0 0 1.50 3.00 25.0 -1
BC 15 8 5 2 38 19 +19 1 2 2.533 1.267 70.0 +6
25 12 8 5 62 33 +29 2 5 2.48 1.32 64.0 +7

Minor Tournament/Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Taça das Nações 1964 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
TC All 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0

Match History

Age 19 under 23  
unused sub appearance - Italy January 1954
Age 20    
two appearances - Italy January 1955, Scotland February 1955.
B  
postponed appearance - Scotland March 1955

 
 Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. - 49 full appearances (4342 min) 3ᶜ 10ᵍ manager: Walter Winterbottom - 39 full appearances (3442 min) 10ᵍx

1 295 15 May 1955 - France 1 England 0
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris
tour AL   4

The 747th player to appear for England. 
the 25h player from Wolverhampton Wanderers FC to represent England

296 18 May 1955 - Spain 1 England 1, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid   AD party member
297 22 May 1955 - Portugal 3 England 1, Estádio do FC Porto, Oporto AL
   

Age 22 under 23  
reserve appearance - Denmark September 1956

Age 23
England's selectors announced their forty-man squad from whom the final 22 would be selected, on April 22 1958. Of the 18 players who were cut from the squad on 28 May, they included Ron Flowers.

Age 24
2 328 26 November 1958 - England 2 Wales 2
Villa Park, Birmingham
BC HD   6
3 329 11 April 1959 - England 1 Scotland 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   6
4 330 6 May 1959 - England 2 Italy 2
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HD   6
5 331 13 May 1959 - Brazil 2 England 0
Estádio Municipal, Rio

tour
AL   6
6 332 17 May 1959 - Peru 4 England 1
Estadio Nacional Coloso de José Díaz, Lima
AL   6
7 333 24 May 1959 - Mexico 2 England 1
Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
AL (1-1) 31  

England use two substitutes for the first time, Flowers is one of them.

8 334 28 May 1959 - United States 1 England 8
Wrigley Field, Los Angeles
Fr AW 52,69 6

Age 25
9 335 17 October 1959 - Wales 1 England 1
Ninian Park, Cardiff
BC AD   6
10 336 28 October 1959 - England 2 Sweden 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HL   6
11 337 18 November 1959 - England 2 Northern Ireland 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   6
12 338 9 April 1960 - Scotland 1 England 1
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AD   6
13 339 11 May 1960 - England 3 Yugoslavia 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HD   6
14 340 15 May 1960 - Spain 3 England 0
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid

tour
AL   6
15 341 22 May 1960 - Hungary 2 England 0
Népstadion, Budapest
AL   6

Age 26
16 342 8 October 1960 - Northern Ireland 2 England 5
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC AW   6
17 343 19 October 1960 - Luxembourg 0 England 9
Stade Municipal, Stad Lëtzebuerg
WCP AW   6
18 344 26 October 1960 - England 4 Spain 2
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW   6
19 345 23 November 1960 - England 5 Wales 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   6
20 346 15 April 1961 - England 9 Scotland 3
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   6

Ron Flowers is the 32nd player to reach twenty appearances

21 347 10 May 1961 - England 8 Mexico 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW 59 6
22 348 21 May 1961 - Portugal 1 England 1
Estádio Nacional, Lisboa
WCP AD  81 6
23 349 24 May 1961 - Italy 2 England 3
Stadio Olimpico, Roma
tour AW   6
24 350 27 May 1961 - Austria 3 England 1
Praterstadion, Wien
AL   6

Age 27
25 351 28 September 1961 - England 4 Luxembourg 1
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
WCP HW   6
26 352 14 October 1961 - Wales 1 England 1
Ninian Park, Cardiff
BC AD   6
27 353 25 October 1961 - England 2 Portugal 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
WCP HW   6
28 354 22 November 1961 - England 1 Northern Ireland 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HD   6
29 355 4 April 1962 - England 3 Austria 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW 38 6
30 356 14 April 1962 - Scotland 2 England 0
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AL   6

Ron Flowers is the thirteenth player to reach thirty appearances

31 357 9 May 1962 - England 3 Switzerland 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Fr HW 20 6
32 358 20 May 1962 - Peru 0 England 4
Estadio Nacional Coloso de José Díaz, Lima
Fr AW 15 6
 
WCF
left half 6x
33 359 31 May 1962 - Hungary 2 England 1
Estadio Braden Copper Co., Rancagua
NL 60 lh

Ron Flowers is the first goalscorer to score four penalty-kicks

34 360 2 June 1962 - England 3 Argentina 1
Estadio Braden Copper Co., Rancagua
  NW 17 lh

Ron Flowers is the first goalscorer to score five penalty-kicks

35 361 7 June 1962 - Bulgaria 0 England 0
Estadio Braden Copper Co., Rancagua
  ND   lh
36 362 10 June 1962 - Brazil 3 England 1
Estádio Municipal, Viña del Mar
NL   lh

Age 28
37 363 3 October 1962 - England 1 France 1
Hillsborough, Sheffield
ENP HD 57 6

Ron Flowers is the first goalscorer to score six penalty-kicks (record held until 2011)
the 25th player to score ten goals for England - most experienced so far

38 364 20 October 1962 - Northern Ireland 1 England 3
Windsor Park, Belfast
BC AW   6
39 365 21 November 1962 - England 4 Wales 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   6

  manager: Alf Ramsey - ten full appearances (900 min) 3ᶜx

40 366 27 February 1963 - France 5 England 2
Parc des Princes, Paris
ENC AL   6

Ron Flowers is the eighth player to reach forty appearances - fourth youngest

41 367 6 April 1963 - England 1 Scotland 2
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HL   6
369 29 May 1963 - Czechoslovakia 2 England 4, Tehelné pole, Bratislava
tour
AW    
370 2 June 1963 - GDR 1 England 2, Zentralstadion, Leipzig AW    
42 371 5 June 1963 - Switzerland 1 England 8
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel
AW   6
           
Age 29
376 6 May 1964 - England 2 Uruguay 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley
tour
HW    
377 17 May 1964 - Portugal 3 England 4, Estadio Nacional, Lisboa AW    
43 378 24 May 1964 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 3
Dalymount Park, Dublin
AW   5
44 379 27 May 1964 - United States 0 England 10
Downing Stadium, New York City
AW   ͨ 6

Ron Flowers is the 72nd player to captain England

380 30 May 1964 - Brazil 5 England 1, Estádio Municipal, Rio
TC
AL    
45 381 4 June 1964 - England 1 Portugal 1
Estádio Municipal, Rio
ND   4
382 6 June 1964 - Argentina 1 England 0, Estádio Municipal, Rio NL    

Age 30
46 385 18 November 1964 - England 2 Wales 1
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   ͨ 5
47 386 9 December 1964 - Netherlands 1 England 1
Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Fr AD   ͨ 6
389 9 May 1965 - Yugoslavia 1 England 1, Stadion Crvena zvezda, Beograd
tour
AD    
48 390 12 May 1965 - West Germany 0 England 1
Städtisches Stadion, Nürnberg
AW   6
391 16 May 1965 - Sweden 1 England 2, Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg AW    
           

Age 31
400 26 June 1966 - Finland 0 England 3, Olympiastadion, Helsinki
tour
AW
49 401 29 June 1966 - Norway 1 England 6
Ullevål Stadion, Oslo
AW   5
402 3 July 1966 - Denmark 0 England 2, Idrætsparken, København AW    
403 5 July 1966 - Poland 0 England 1, Stadion Śląski, Chorzów AW    
 
WCF
reserve hb 17x
404 11 July 1966 - England 0 Uruguay 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley HD squad member
405 16 July 1966 - England 2 Mexico 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW
406 20 July 1966 - England 2 France 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW
407 23 July 1966 - England 1 Argentina 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW
408 26 July 1966 - England 2 Portugal 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW
409 30 July 1966 - England 4 West Germany 2ᴭᵀ, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW

   

 
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