Born: Aberdeen 15.11.1937
When Ron Yeats stepped off the train at Lime Street in
July 1961 none of the waiting crowd of autograph hunters and
well-wishers needed to ask which of the passengers was Liverpool's new
centre-half. The Reds had been surprisingly secretive about this
transfer from Dundee United, keeping silent about the size of the fee
and suggesting that he would be flying into the city after putting pen
to paper in Scotland.
At 6ft 2in and 14st 5lb, Shankly was for once not exaggerating when he invited the press to take a walk round his new signing. Yeats was a giant of a man. And in all senses, as Anfield was soon to discover. It wasn't his enormous frame and massive physical presence that earned him the club captaincy within five months of his arrival.
He was a genuinely great leader of men. However, it
was the hard outer shell rather than the inner man it protected, which
made Ron Yeats' name and by which he is first remembered; understandably
so as he did cut the most imposing of figures.
He was variously described as the foundation of
Liverpool's success in the 1960s, a tower of strenght in the air and the
rock on which many an opposition attack would founder.
He was the first Liverpool captain to hold aloft the
FA Cup (in 1965), a moment that he later described as the proudest of
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