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Our players have always been front page news – as our ongoing series on magazines from the past clearly illustrates. This month the man at the front is our former goalkeeper Ron Reynolds.

Cover_mainThere’s not a lot we can tell you about this photograph! Normally we like to set the scene yet all we know here is that Ron Reynolds is the main man! But who were the opposition and did the ball go in?

This issue of Raich Carter’s ‘Soccer Star’ is dated March 12, 1955. We were in Division One at the time and Reynolds replaced Ted Ditchburn for the second half of a disappointing season that would see Arthur Rowe’s side finish 16th in the table.

It would be Rowe’s last campaign in charge but in his final term he gave important debuts to the likes of Danny Blanchflower, Terry Dyson and Ron Henry.

Jimmy Anderson would replace him that summer and continue the rebuilding by bringing in Maurice Norman, Bobby Smith, Terry Medwin and Cliff Jones before Bill Nicholson arrived to pull it all together with the finishing touches that would lead us to the Double.

However, by March, 1960, Reynolds was with Southampton. He joined us from Aldershot in December, 1945, but found it difficult to get a game due to the consistency of England international Ditchburn. Indeed he didn’t make his Spurs league debut until March, 1954!

Ron (pictured below, left), who wore contact lenses, then came under pressure himself from John Hollowbread who took over as Ted’s understudy so no wonder Reynolds headed south after just 95 senior games for us in all that time!

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