Vibart, Ronald

Birth Date

4th April 1879


Sidmouth, Devon



Biographical Text

Ronald Vibart, a goalkeeper, played for Exeter City in the Plymouth and District League before the club turned professional in 1908. Often in trouble with the law, he died by his own hand in 1934. 

After a spell living in Argentina he made his Exeter City league debut against Millbrook Rangers on 10 November 1906 and, in a season of great change in which forty-two players appeared (including six goalkeepers), he played in a dozen league games up until the end of February. Not appearing thereafter, little is known of the rest of his football career. 

Educated at Harrow and Cambridge, he was a footballer, a cricketer and boxer. Getting into various misdemeanours, including an arrest for driving a pony and trap without lights along Sidwell Street, he became a publican and a cattle dealer before serving in the Public Schools battalion of the Middlesex regiment during the Great War. Arrested for desertion in 1917, he later played cricket for Devon before being charged with a range of criminal offences in the early 1930s. He took his own life, through the administration of poison, in Taunton (where he had played much club cricket), in 1934.





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