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Ron Saunders

Ron Saunders

Clubs played for: Everton, Gillingham, Portsmouth, Watford, Charlton Athletic. (1954-1966).

Born: 1932

Birthplace: Birkenhead

Died:

Position: Striker

Biography: One of the greatest strikers in the club's history, Saunders topped the goalscoring chart for six consecutive seasons. He could shoot equally effectively with either foot and by the time he left for Watford he had scored 156 goals in 259 appearances. Manager George Smith endured a fair amount of criticism when he made the decision to accept 15,000 for the goal machine in 1964. An equally impressive management career followed his on-pitch exploits. Having successfully managed a number of clubs, his highlight must have been leading Aston Villa to the First Division championship in 1980/1.




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