Ron Cooper

Born 28th August 1938 in Thorney, Peterborough

Ron who was two-footed and could play anywhere in defence, played a total of 163 games for the Posh is truly a legend in his own right. Older fans  remember him fondly as part of that fabled 1965 FA Cup side that reached the 6th Round, sweeping aside Arsenal and Swansea along the way.

Exit from the competition came in unfortunate fashion – beaten 5-1 at Chelsea by a side boasting the likes of Bobby Tambling and Terry Venables.

A first team players for 10 years, Posh chief executive Bob Symns presented Ron with a framed long service certificate in 2013.

After leaving Posh, Ron had a couple of seasons with Corby Town and then, a four-year stay at  Stamford, where he renewed his relationship with Stamford boss Norman Rigby, a former Posh colossus.

Did you know: Ron never became a full time professional and was quoted as saying “Just never got round to it. Mind you that wasn’t a handicap. I was very fit.”  In fact Ron joined his team mates in Blackpool for a week’s training during that epic FA Cup run, he had to give up his £15 weekly farm wages!