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Rover of the Day: Ronnie Dodd

25 April 2020

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Ronnie Dodd born April 25, 1911

Coming from Chester-le-Street and being recruited from non-League football in the North East, Ronnie made a huge impression in his debut season, 1933-34. The bustling centre-forward scored 24 goals in 34 League games and the following season he helped Rovers to the Third Division (North) title, with 11 goals in 24 appearances. Injuries restricted his Rovers career after that before he moved to Walsall in 1937 and then to New Brighton just before the outbreak of World War Two. Although returning to play for Rovers as a wartime guest player, Ronnie suffered serious injuries while on active service which cut short his playing career and ultimately his life, as he died in 1955 aged only 44. His record for Rovers stands at an impressive 39 goals from 70 senior games.

Ronnie is pictured third from the left on the front row.

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