Roy was born in Brownhills, then in Staffordshire, now part of West Midlands, and began his playing career as an apprentice at West Bromwich Albion in 1950, signing professional terms in 1952. Between then and 1958 he made 54 appearances for the club in the Football League scoring six goals.
In 1958, Roy transferred to Notts County, where he made 123 appearances (37 goals) between then and 1962.
In June 1962 Roy was signed by Posh Manager Jimmy Hagan for £5,000. He made his debut for the Posh in the 3-3 draw against Bournemouth on the opening day of the 1962/63 season. Despite Manager’s Jimmy Hagan’s sacking in October 1962, Roy kept his place in the team under new Manager Jack Fairbrother. Whilst at the Posh Roy showed his creative skills and scored 20 goals in 80 league appearances in the 1962/63 and 1963/64 seasons.
On 2 July 1964 Roy signed for Crystal Palace but after only four League appearances (plus 3 in the FA Cup) he moved into non-league football with Weymouth in 1965.
In total he made 261 appearances scoring 63 goals in the Football League, for West Bromwich Albion, Notts County, Peterborough United and Crystal Palace.
Roy finished his playing career at Weymouth and after a brief career as a journalist, became youth development officer at West Bromwich Albion, a post he held from 1973 to 1986.
Roy died on 29 August 2012, aged 77; he had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
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