Tuesday Nov 3, 2009
It was with deep sadness that the club learned of the death of former club captain Ron Sims on Friday October 16 in Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham. His funeral takes place today at Sutton Crematorium (Tuesday 3rd November 2009) at 11.00am.
Along with family and friends, many people who knew him from his footballing days will no doubt wish to pay their respects to a true Lambs Legend, and we thought it only fitting to remember Ronnie here on www.thelambs.co.uk
Ron had been admitted to Good Hope after suffering a massive heart attack at home seven days earlier and was moved to the ITU at Heartlands during the week. The family were informed that Ron was not going to recover and had to make the decision to switch off his life support machine. Ron, who had all his close family at his bedside, survived for a further nine hours but was pronounced dead at 11.15pm on Friday evening (Oct 16).
After leaving Liverpool FC Ron played for Birmingham City and Halesowen Town then when aged 26 years old he signed for the Lambs and made his debut on the 20th August 1960.
Ron went on to become the Club Captain and captained the team which won every competition the club entered in the 1966/67, except for the FA Cup, although the team did reach the second round proper for the first time in the clubs history.
Ron's last game was on the 10th May 1969 and was his 395th game for the club along with 8 appearances as a sub. Ron also hit 20 goals during his career at the Lamb. He stayed at the club as trainer during the managerial appointments of Tony Foster and Harold Cox in the early 70s, and in 1984 Ron reprised his role, as trainer, after Dave Seedhouse and Pete Nicholls were appointed First Team Managers.
Ron was the last of the ‘old school' of trainers and with only a bucket and sponge to run on to the pitch with he had all the experience of a long career to fall back on and his diagnosis of an injury was always correct.
After the clubs success at Wembley Ron (pictured front row seated far right with the FA Vase Final squad) retired in the early 90's and was a regular visitor for a number of years.
He was a gentleman who was loved by all of the players who played along side him or those who he treated in the old dressing rooms at the Lamb Ground.
Ron was recently voted into the TFCSC Heritage all time top Tamworth players list and will always be remembered with great affection by those fans, officials and players who were lucky to have known him.