Roy Swinbourne, English footballer, Died at 86


Royston Harry “Roy” Swinbourne was born on August 25, 1929, in Denaby Main, Yorkshire, England and died on December 27, 2015, Kidderminster, England.

He was an English footballer.

Swinbourne played as the center forward in the Football League for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Roy was capped once by England, B.

Roy had started out at the Wath Wanderers, the Yorkshire-based nursery club of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In 1944, he went south to play with the Wolves.

Roy made his debut on December 17, 1949 in a 1–1 draw with Fulham.

Roy Swinbourne came to the fore during the 1950–51 season, replacing Jesse Pye in the attack, and finished as top goal scorer with 22 goals.

He has a score of 24 in the 1953–54 season, this was a career best and helped the Wolves gained their first ever league championship.

It was Roy himself, who scored twice in the final game, a 2–0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur that confirmed the title.

In 1955, Roy scored for England B in a 1–1 draw against their German counterparts.

Roy’s career came to an halted when he damaged his knee while hurdling over a posse of the cameramen on the pitch side at Luton Town’s Kenilworth Road ground in November 1955.

Roy was forced to undergo surgery on the injury, as he started to play too early.

He was never able to resume his playing career and was forced to announce his retirement in May 1957.

While he was with Wolverhampton Wanderers, He won the First Division championship in 1954.

Roy Swinbourne passed away on December 27, 2015 due to a long battle with vascular dementia.