Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City's Oldest [Mu] Player Dies at the Age of 99

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City's Oldest [Mu] Player Dies at the Age of 99

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CITY'S oldest player and war hero Ron Dellow has died, aged 99.

The pensioner played ten games for the great Blues side of the 1930s, alongside legends like Matt Busby, Frank Swift, Alec Herd and Eric Brook.

And to add to his Boy's Own story, he is then reputed to have flown a remarkable 31 bombing missions over Germany during World War Two, at a time when the average life expectancy for flight crews was five missions.

He was twice forced to ditch in the North Sea as his shot-up plane limped home from raids over Germany.

Crosby-born Ron, who scored twice on his home debut at Maine Road to send City top of the league, was snapped up by City after scoring ten goals in 29 games for Mansfield.

He managed four goals in his 10 City appearances before, in his own words, falling in with bad company, and enjoying a drink or two too many as he tried to recover from an ankle injury.

He moved on to Tranmere, who he helped to promotion, and scored against City, who had been relegated at the same time. …

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