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Obituary: Kenneth Ronaldson

21 July 2021

The club is saddened to hear of the passing of former player Kenneth Ronaldson...

Born in Edinburgh in 1945, Ronaldson spent 4 years with the Gas between the years of 1965 and 1969.

An electrical engineer by trade, tall, blonde haired Kenny had played for Aberdeen before he became one of seventeen men released in May 1965.

Rovers legendary winger Harold Jarman said when Kenny arrived at Eastville from Scottish football he had great skill but was a nervous performer but said he was the most talented player he had ever played with. Quite a compliment.

When Mansfield Town came to Eastville for a Third Division fixture in September 1967, Ken Ronaldson scored against them after just twenty-eight seconds. It was one of several goals the Scottish winger contributed, also scoring in three consecutive League matches in October 1966 and hitting Rovers’ eighteenth-minute opening goal in the comfortable home win again over Mansfield Town in March 1969..

Ronaldson retired in 1970 while playing for Gillingham, with his last match fittingly coming against Bristol Rovers. He then went on to work for many years in the Kent police force. He married Maureen Duhig in 1971.

He will be treasured by Rovers fans for his attacking and entertaining play, and we send our condolences to his family at this time.

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