Rew, Roy (Ronald)

Birth Date

26th May 1924


Belfast, Northern Ireland



Biographical Text

Roy Rew was a 24 year old centre-forward playing for Bristol-based side, Sea Mills, when he signed amateur forms at Exeter City in the Autumn of 1948. 

He scored on his debut for the Grecians’ reserve side as they defeated Gulidford 2-0 on the 30th of October 1948 in a Southern League fixture, but initially turned down a professional contract with the Grecians.

Roy had netted 56 goals for Sea Mills in the 1947-48 season and a further 16 prior to signing for Exeter. He had been spotted playing for a Bristol and District League XI.

A commercial traveller, by trade, he was, originally reluctant to sign as a professional, however after a game on November the 27th against Hastings, where " he had scored Exeter City's first goal, one of the finest ever seen at St James' Park" he was persuaded to sign. On the 27th of December 1948, Boxing Day, he scored a hat-trick against Torquay United at home in front of 4 400 fans in 5-0 win in the Southern League. In February he scored four times against Hereford, away from home in a 6-0 win. 

His only game for the City first team that season was in a 3-0 home win over Millwall in April 1949 and he was again on the score sheet, although this was to be his only senior goal for the club. 

He scored a hat-trick in the final pre-season practice game on the 13th of August 1949.

He was the Exeter City's leading scorer in the Southern League in 1949/50 with 10 goals.

Roy made two more league outings in 1949-50 against Notts County and Leyton Orient, both away, but was released at the end of the season when he signed for Glastonbury.
He continued scoring for Glastonbury, scoring four times in an FA Cup qualifying match against Bideford in the 1950/51 competetion.

It is believed that Roy died in Octobet 2014 in Essex.






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