All Cardiff City FC, Manchester City and football fans are still sad thinking about the departure of our former goalkeeper, 65-year-old Ron Healey, after a fatal fall during a bike ride earlier this year.
This man, who played in Man City and Cardiff City for some years, had two appearances for Ireland’s national team, one of them being a qualifier against England for the World Cup. We’re honoring the man by bringing you some facts about his career.
Ron Healey was born on August 30, 1952 in Manchester. He was a goalkeeper who started with Manchester City, made his debut at 17, making 38 senior appearances. He also played short periods with Coventry City and Preston North End as a loan.
In March 1974 he moved to Cardiff City, initially on loan and then a permanent deal followed, making his debut in a 2–2 draw with West Bromwich Albion. He has 220 appearances for the Bluebirds between 1974 and 1982.
Debut and International Appearances
Healey also played international football for the Republic of Ireland National Football Team. He played against Poland on 24 April 1977 and vs. England in 1980.
Scott Healey, 48, Ron’s son explained to Manchester Evening News that Ron made his debut with Manchester City when he was 18, being the 2nd goalkeeper of the team, because Joe Carrigan was the headline. He quickly decided to move on and go to the Cardiff City Football Club. Scott and his father Ron had a training business for 19 years with the name “Just 4 Keepers”, Scott is the one who still manages the business.
Scott revealed that his father died when he was with a friend out cycling, as he started to practice in the last summer.
Ron previously had a gastric bypass surgery, suffered from heart problems that were detected long time ago, but his death was surprising and shocking because he had a good health and always remained active, training, or playing golf.
A True Supporter
Ron Healey never stop supporting Manchester City, he used to watch all the games that he could, said Scott Healey, because he was born in Wythenshawe, in the south Manchester. After retiring from football, he started to work at Manchester Airport, also worked at the British Steel, and then worked at HMP Styal as a prison officer for over 12 years.
The fans of Cardiff City Football Club, who saw this club legend rise, have paid tribute to Ron Healey through social networks, too. This man will never be forgotten.