Monday Oct 19, 2009
It was with deep sadness that the club learned of the death of former club captain Ron Sims who passed away last Friday in Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham. 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 and was pronounced dead at 11.15pm on Friday evening.
After leaving Liverpool FC Ron played for Birmingham City and Halesowen Town then when aged 26 years old he signed for the Lambs in 1960 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 1966 except for the FA Cup which the team reached the second round proper for the first time in the clubs history.
Rons last game was on the 10th May 1969 and was his 395th game for the club. With 8 appearances as a sub also to be added Ron scored 20 goals during his career at the Lamb.
In 1984 Ron returned to the club in the role of 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 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 voted into the Heritages Project all time top players list for the Lambs Legends cards and will always be remembered with great affection by those fans, officials and players who were lucky to have known him.
The Coroner had not signed the death certificate at the time of writing so there are no details of the funeral available at the time of posting this story, please contact Rod Hadley via firstname.lastname@example.org if required in the meantime.
It is our intention to pay Ron a further tribute in a forthcoming programme.