Former West Bromwich Albion player Stan Rickaby dies aged 89

Albion are mourning the loss of former player Stan Rickaby, who has died aged 89.

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Rickaby, left, takes on Chelsea in September 1950. Picture courtesy of West Bromwich Albion.

The right-back made 205 appearances for the club, scoring twice during five years at The Hawthorns.

The England international also collected a 1954 FA Cup-winners’ medal after playing in every round before missing out on the final due to injury.

Albion will pay tribute to the defender at Saturday’s home game against Manchester United.

The club said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with Stan’s family and friends at this difficult time.

“The club will pay tribute to Stan’s career at Saturday’s home game with Manchester United.”

Stan emigrated to Australia in 1969 where he stayed.

His death, shortly before his 90th birthday, cuts the final connection with Albion’s grandly-named ‘team of the century’ of 1953-54, the side coming within a whisker of carrying off the 20th century’s first League and FA Cup double, an ambition only halted by an injury crisis in the final weeks of the campaign and they finished runners-up to Wolves.

Along with goalkeeper Norman Heath, Stan missed out on the FA Cup final at Wembley when Albion beat Preston 3-2.

Born in Stockton-on-Tees, Rickaby joined Albion from Middlesbrough for £7,500 in February 1950, initially as reserve to Jim Pemberton.

But he soon replaced him, playing 143 consecutive league games from August 1950 to November 1953.

His first goal came on Christmas Day 1952, in a 3-2 defeat at Bolton, the second in a 4-2 triumph over Sheffield Wednesday in February 1954.

After missing out on the Cup final, he returned to the side at the start of the following season, though he was now embroiled in a real fight for the shirt with Stuart Williams, while the youthful Don Howe was also appearing on the horizon.

Leaving Albion at the end of the 1954-55 campaign, aged 31, he was player-manager at Poole Town for a time, and later played for Weymouth and Newton Abbott Spurs before retiring in 1964 and going into business.

Comments for: "Former West Bromwich Albion player Stan Rickaby dies aged 89"

Cyril

Stan Rickaby was one of the classiest players it's been my pleasure to see. The balance, the timing of the tackle, it was there to perfection. We certainly were blessed with right backs at that time.

PS: Just look at the density of that crowd, all standing, no problems whatsoever.

Was that a legacy of the recent war ?

ManInsider

Bit before my time but i enjoyed the read,as we say they dont make um like Stan anymore,RIP.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Last of that great team I grew up hearing about.

RIP Stan.

CantelloRocket 78

We were once having a clear-out at the old Throstle Club, and I came across a glossy photo of Stan and Norman Heath posing with the F.A. Cup, they sadly missed the final through injury, but were beaming with pride having made a valuable contribution to winning it that season-

R.I.P. Stan, much respect to an important member of a greatly admired squad.

Shropshirebaggy

RIP Stan, thoughts with his family at this sad time.

Old Wulfrunian

I recall Stan Rickaby playing in the same WBA team, if my memory serves me correctly, as the great Ray Barlow. In those days there were few bookings or sending offs, it was a team game with merely an exchange of handshakes when goals were scored. If only we could turn the clocks back.....

RIP Stan.

OW

baggiebloke

The passing of the final living member of the Team Of The Century allows us to reflect on how our national game has progressed over the decades, or not, as the case may be.

I am pleased to possess a signed copy of Stan's book, Upover and Downunder. If you get chance, read it. Would be appreciated by Baggies and general football fans alike.

RIP Stan, you will be given an appropriate send-off on Saturday against United.