Ronnie Scott, who played in Blyth Spartans’ historic FA Cup run to a fifth round replay against Wrexham at St. James’ Park in 1977/78, has died.
Ronnie, who was in his late 60s, passed away at home on Saturday and had been suffering from cancer.
After signing from Red Row he played at centre half for the Spartans for ten seasons till 1978. He finished his playing career with a brief spell at Ashington.
Ronnie worked as a fitter at Whittle Colliery and then in the coal board workshops in Ashington.
Former Spartans Secretary George Watson said “First and foremost Ronnie was a gentleman. He never had a bad word for anyone and was hard but always fair on the pitch. He is the only player I remember that never missed a training session – and that involved him getting two buses to Croft Park from Broomhill and then two buses back!”
Current Blyth Chairman Tony Platten commented “Ronnie played a huge part, not only in the famous Cup run, but also by establishing the team through the late sixties which set a base for future successes. He was certainly one of the Club’s greats.”
Everyone associated with Blyth Spartans wishes to pass on their condolences to Ronnie’s friends and family.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be made but details will appear on here in due course.