Focus On; Ron Yeats

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Ronald Yeats, (born 15 November 1937) is a Scottish former association footballer. He was a key defender in the rejuvenation of Dundee United in the early 1960s. He then spent a decade at Liverpool captaining them to six trophies in the mid-1960s. He later had three years as player/manager at Tranmere Rovers. Yeats was also player/manager at Barrow and Santa Barbara Condors. He also made appearances for the Scotland national team.
Yeats, a stockily-built 6 ft 2 in central defender, was bought by manager Bill Shankly in 1961 from

United for a fee of around £20,000 and was immediately installed as captain. When Yeats was signed, Shankly was so impressed with the physical presence of his new player that he told waiting journalists “The man is a mountain, go into the dressing room and walk around him”. Shankly later described Yeats’s arrival, along with that of striker Ian St John also in the 1961 close season,[5] as the “turning point” as Liverpool began their quest to compete with — and beat — the best in England and in Europe.


  • Full Name: Ronald Yeats
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of Birth: 15.11.1937
  • Birthplace: Aberdeen
  • Nation: Scotland
  • Club Career: Liverpool
    • Period: 1961-1971
    • League Games, 358
    • League Goals, 13
    • Previous Club: Dundee United
      • Transfer Fee: £20.000
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