Portsmouth Player 1964 - 1969 Manager April 1970 – May 1973
Caretaker Manager September 1974
Ron Tindall moved to Portsmouth from Reading in 1964 and played in almost every position on the field during his time as a player at Fratton between 1964 and 1970. He started out as a centre-forward, but was later moved back into defence. Tindall played out the remainder of his career at Portsmouth, making 162 league appearances before retiring in 1969.
At the end of the 1969/70 Season, George Smith was moved upstairs to become General Manager and Ron Tindall was appointed manager of Portsmouth. But he was hampered by the club's financial problems and had left the job by 1973. He was later made caretaker manager of Portsmouth for two games in 1974 following John Mortimore's departure.
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I began my life as a professional sportsman by having a trial with Reading.
The manager was Ted Drake, who told me he would have signed me, but he was just about to take charge of Chelsea.
He took me to Stamford Bridge and when I wasn’t playing for the youth team I worked in the club office. I signed as a professional in 1953 and the following October started national service in the Royal Air Force.
I was still in uniform when Chelsea won the first division title in 1955. The weather ruined my one chance of playing in that championship side.
I was called up for a match against West Bromwich Albion but when I arrived at the ground I found the match was postponed because of snow.
I eventually made my league debut in November 1955 – ironically, at home to West Bromwich Albion. We won 2-0 and I scored my first goal.
I stayed at Chelsea until November 1961, mainly playing up front alongside Jimmy Greaves, but I played at left-back on occasions. The best winger I ever faced was Stanley Matthews. Whenever he took me on he beat me.
After eight happy years at Stamford Bridge I moved to West Ham where I teamed up with their manager Ron Greenwood, who I had known at Chelsea.
My stay at Upton Park lasted only a year and I signed for Reading who were then in the old third division. We were nearly relegated in my first season but we managed to stay up on goal average.
All this time I was a Surrey cricketer, which meant I was busy all the year round.
In 1964 I was ready to turn my back on English football and take up a coaching post in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and return each summer to play cricket.
But instead I signed for Pompey and it was all through Jimmy Dickinson.
He was still playing for Pompey at the time and told me that he was sure the manager, George Smith, would want to take me to Fratton Park if I was interested. So I decided not to go to South Africa and ended up at Pompey instead.
George Smith was happy to allow a clause in my contract to state that I would be free to play cricket when the two seasons overlapped. I was made very welcome by my new team-mates and I settled in at Fratton Park very quickly. We had a good set of lads in all my 11 years with the club. here were no loud mouths or anyone who said they weren’t going to do this or that.
We didn’t always win but everyone was prepared to just get on with the job. Just as had happened at Reading, Pompey avoided relegation on the final day of my first season. We drew 1-1 away to Northampton Town in Jimmy Dickinson’s last match. Because of our predicament, George Smith asked Surrey Cricket Club if I could play in the last few matches and they readily agreed.
In 1966 I ended my cricket career after taking 150 wickets and hitting more than 5,000 runs. The main reason for this was because I harboured ambitions to become a football manager and wanted to concentrate fully on that aim.
Towards the end of the 1966-67 campaign I was made Pompey captain and in the summer appointed player-coach. I thought I was going to lead the side to promotion to the first division in ’67-68, but after leading the second division in mid-season we ended up in fifth place. I was being groomed for the manager’s position and in April 1970 I was given the job, with George Smith being made general manager.
I was in the job three years before John Deacon became club chairman and made me general manager, with John Mortimore, my best friend in football, taking over as team manager. Early into the ’74-75 season, Mr Deacon sacked John Mortimore and I took over team affairs until a new manager – Ian St John – was appointed.
I continued as general manager, but the club was in such a financial mess that I was given the push in April 1975.
Being back at Fratton for the Wigan game nearly brought tears to my eyes
I was secretary of Waterlooville Golf Club for a while when out of the blue I was offered the job of director of coaching for Western Australia. At first I didn’t know what to do but my wife and I decided I should go to try it out for six months.
Initially, I went on my own but once there I never looked back. My wife came out to join me and we have lived in Australia ever since.
My main role to begin with was to develop the game Down Under and I had to get football going in the schools. I was awarded the Order of Australia medal and this year received the Western Australia Citizen of the Year for sport.
I’m also the Patron of Pompey Down Under – the Australia branch of the Pompey Supporters’ Club. There are a lot of Pompey fans out here and 46 travelled to the FA Cup final in May.
Finally, I want to say what a wonderful moment it was for me when I walked out on to the Fratton Park pitch before the match with Wigan Athletic while I was on holiday in England. It nearly brought tears to my eyes.
Pompey fans world-wide will mourn the passing of former captain and manager Ron Tindall, who passed away in his sleep on 9 September 2012 after a long illness. Ron served Pompey admirably for ten years both on and off the field.
RAF and goals
Ronald Albert Ernest Tindall was born in Streatham, South London on 23 September 1935. He played his youth football with Camberley and joined Chelsea as a professional in 1953 and the following October started national service in the Royal Air Force - two years later would score on his league debut against West Bromwich Albion. At the time Chelsea were Football League Champions for the only time!
He was to form a potent strike force at the end of the fifties with a young Jimmy Greaves; in 1960/61 they scored fifty nine goals between them. However Ted Drake the manager left shortly after and Greaves was off to Italy. New boss Tommy Docherty then sold Ron to West Ham and after a short period at the Boleyn he moved again to Reading in 1962.
Meanwhile Pompey were having no goal scoring problems with Ron Saunders regularly hitting twenty to thirty goals a season but in September 1964 Saunders was sold to Watford and manager George Smith decided that Ron Tindall could bridge the gap left by the prolific scouser. This was a move that Jimmy Dickinson play a major role in by putting the two parties together.
Sadly though Ron drew a blank and at the time became a bit of a laughing stock among fans. It was in fact fifteen games before he found the back of the net at Bolton and before long Smith turned to a young Ray Hiron to wear the number nine shirt.
Smith though had other plans for Tindall and knowing he was a good footballer decided to try Ron at full back where he had some experience during his Chelsea days - he was an instant success and would finish his career as a defender and club captain. It total Ron played 162 League games for Pompey and scored seven goals - quite a number from centre half.
His last Pompey game was against Bolton on 10 January 1970 and things were about to make a big change in his career. In March that year George Smith was moved to General Manager after some disappointing results and the directors asked Ron to take over as boss - a post he had been groomed for, for some time.
Ron was to be Pompey manager for the next three seasons in Division Two and although they were not exceptional seasons, he managed the best he could with the very limited resources made available to him and did the job with a smile on his face.
The spring of 1973 brought some major changes to the boardroom at Fratton Park and a certain Bramdean John Deacon joined the board and wanted to pour in significant resources. He moved Tindall upstairs to become General Manager and appointed John Mortimore as the new boss. Deacon then went about making his big money signings, Peter Marinello, Paul Went and Ron Davies etc.
1973/74 started badly though and Mortimore was to last just over a year before he was sacked and Ron asked to take charge while a new manager was found. That man was to be Ian St John and Ron had just two games before the Scot arrived.
In April 1975 the board sacked Ron for the simple reason that the money had run out. He then decided to look to pastures new one day when in his role as Secretary to Waterlooville golf club he was was offered the job of director of coaching for Western Australia.
It was in Perth that Ron was to remain for the rest of his life and to win a new legion of friends and admirers.
Writing books and producing videos on coaching the beautiful game. He was also happy to talk to the legion of ex-pat fans in the Perth area about the game in general and Pompey in particular.
It was in 2008 that Ron was to receive his greatest accolade when in the Australia Day honours list he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to Sport.
Ron was also inducted into the Western Australia Soccer Hall of Fame in 2002 and won the Eunice Gill Australian Soccer Coaching award in 1991.
As I have seen one Australian comments today 'A pioneer of professionalism in coaching in our country - way before 'badges' came into fashion.` That probably sums up Ron`s contribution to Aussie soccer quite succinctly.
As Bob Brown, in Perth, Western Australia, told me 'Ron received this award for his services to sport in Australia and it was fully deserved and those in the football community felt the loss greatly as he was quite fit and playing golf regularly until being struck down with alzheimer's disease.'
PHOTO: Ron wearing his Order of Australia Medal which is the equivalent to the C.B.E (picture kindly supplied by Bob & Betty Brown)
Leather on willow
Ron`s other love was cricket and he had a contract at Chelsea which allowed him to play cricket rather that football where the seasons overlapped. He played for Surrey and during the fifties they were County Champions for seven consecutive seasons and had a team full of star names - Jim Laker, Peter Loader, Tony Lock, the Bedser Twins and Peter May to name a few. Ron thus struggled to make too many appearances. Curiously both Lock and Loader would emigrate and play in Western Australia in the 60s.
Ron was awarded his County Cap in 1962 after six years at the club and would play on until 1966 - he had no such `Cricket first` contract with Pompey. His career statistics show he scored more that 5,000 runs and took 150 wickets.
Ron did make the odd return to his native country later in life and in 2008 He was also introduced to the Fratton Park crowd before the Wigan game while of holiday.
Ron served for many years as the Patron of Pompey Down Under, the Aussie Supports group.
Ron was without doubt a man who put a great deal into football without taking much in return and will be sadly missed. Vital Pompey offer their condolences to his family and friends.
Monday September 10, 2012
Portsmouth Football Club were saddened to hear of the death of former Blues captain and manager Ron Tindall.
He passed away peacefully in his sleep in Perth, Australia at the age of 76.
After arriving from Reading, Ron played in almost every position during his time as a Pompey player between 1964 and 1970. He started primarily as a centre-forward, but was later moved back into defence. He even twice took over as goalkeeper for the injured John Milkins in games against Wolves and Watford.
When Ron ended his playing days in 1970 he was ready to retire and become Pompey’s full-time coach, a role he had already combined with that of captain. But instead he became the club’s manager when previous boss George Smith moved upstairs.
One of Ron’s most memorable matches in charge came against eventual double-winners Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup in 1971.
Tindall’s side provided the Gunners with their stiffest test, drawing 1-1 at Fratton Park before narrowly losing 3-2 in the replay at Highbury.
When John Deacon took over as chairman in 1973, John Mortimore was appointed as manager with Tindall becoming general manager, a role he retained until 1975.
Shortly after, Ron – who also played cricket for Surrey – emigrated to take up the post of director of coaching for Western Australia.
Everyone at Pompey would like to send their deepest condolences to Ron’s widow Anne and all of his family and friends
September 10, 2012
Pompey are mourning another of their highly-regarded former players and managers.
Former Pompey captain and manager Ron Tindall passed away in his sleep in Perth, Australia at the age of 76.
Tindall joined the Blues from Reading and played in almost every position on the field during his time as a player at Fratton between 1964 and 1970. He started out as a centre-forward, but was later moved back into defence.
Tindall twice played in goal in place of the injured John Milkins in games against Wolves and Watford.
A Pompey spokesman recalled: 'When Ron ended his playing days in 1970 he was ready to retire and become Pompey’s full-time coach, a role he had already combined with that of captain. But instead he became the club’s manager when previous boss George Smith moved upstairs.
'One of Ron’s most memorable matches in charge came against eventual double-winners Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup in 1971. Tindall’s side provided the Gunners with their stiffest test, drawing 1-1 at Fratton Park before narrowly losing 3-2 in the replay at Highbury.
'When John Deacon took over as chairman in 1973, John Mortimore was appointed as manager with Tindall becoming general manager, a role he retained until 1975. Shortly after, Ron – who also played cricket for Surrey – emigrated to take up the post of director of coaching for Western Australia.
'Everyone at Pompey would like to send their deepest condolences to Ron’s widow Anne and all of his family and friends.'
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tindall played youth football for Camberley Wanderers when the club formed in 1950. He began his senior career when he joined Camberley F.C. in 1952 at the age of 16. He only made two appearances for the first team before joining Chelsea's new youth system in 1953. Two years later, he scored on his full debut for the club against West Bromwich Albion in the First Division. Within a year, Tindall had established himself in the Chelsea first team and, though the side's form was often erratic, he struck up a prolific strike partnership with the emerging Jimmy Greaves. In the 1960-61 season, they scored 59 goals between them (16 for Tindall, 43 for Greaves), a club record which still stands.
By the end of 1961, both Greaves and manager Ted Drake had left Chelsea and Tommy Docherty was appointed in Drake's place; Tindall became surplus to requirements as Docherty concentrated on re-building the Chelsea side around the new generation of youngsters. He was sold to West Ham United in November 1961 in part exchange for Andy Malcolm. He ended his Chelsea career with 69 goals from 174 games, making him 17th in Chelsea's all-time goalscorers list.
Tindall's time at West Ham was brief, and he soon moved on to play for Reading, where he scored 12 goals in 36 league games before moving to Portsmouth in 1964. Tindall played out the remainder of his career at Portsmouth, making 162 league appearances before retiring in 1969. He was appointed manager of Portsmouth in 1970, but was hampered by the club's financial problems and had left the job by 1973. He was caretaker manager of Portsmouth for two games in 1974 following John Mortimore's departure.
Upon signing for Chelsea, Tindall negotiated a special arrangement with the club, whereby he was allowed to miss the first and last months of the football season in order to play cricket for Surrey. Tindall was an all-rounder, a right-handed middle order batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler. His first-class career with Surrey lasted from 1956 to 1966, though he only played in three matches prior to 1960. He was awarded his county cap in 1962.
He scored 5446 runs in first-class matches at an average of 24.86, including two centuries and with a highest score of 109 not out. He reached one thousand runs in a season for the only time in 1963. He took 150 wickets at 32.38, with best figures in an innings of 5-41. Easily his most successful season with the ball was 1962, when he got his chance after the retirements of the Surrey off-spinners Jim Laker and Eric Bedser and took 66 wickets at 23.92. He played in ten List A matches between 1963 and 1966, all in the Gillette Cup. In those matches he scored 218 runs at 24.22, with a top score of 73. He bowled a total of only 22 overs in the ten matches, taking only two wickets and conceding 118 runs.
Later life and death
He emigrated to Western Australia in 1977 to take the job of director of the state's football coaching. He lived there for the remainder of his life. In 2008 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to sport. He died in September 2012, just before his 77th birthday.