Ron Wylie

Ron Wylie
Personal information
Full name Ronald M. Wylie
Date of birth (1933-08-06) 6 August 1933
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Right half / Inside forward
Youth career
Clydesdale Juniors
1948–1950 Notts County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1958 Notts County 227 (35)
1958–1965 Aston Villa 196 (16)
1965–1970 Birmingham City 128 (2)
Teams managed
1981-1982 Bulova
1982–1984 West Bromwich Albion

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ronald M. Wylie (born 6 August 1933) is a Scottish former football player, coach and manager. He played as a right half or inside forward for Notts County, Aston Villa and Birmingham City, making more than 550 appearances in the Football League, and more than 700 in all competitions. As a manager, he took charge of West Bromwich Albion between 1982 and 1984.

Playing career

An inside-forward, Wylie made his name at Notts County before transferring to Aston Villa in 1958. Wylie spent seven years at Aston Villa, establishing himself as the midfield schemer in the side, which won the Second Division title and promotion to the First Division in the 1959–60 season and achieved League Cup success a year later. Highly regarded by the club's fans, he was not capped by Scotland, likely due to the abundance of quality midfielders available at the time. In 1965, he transferred to Birmingham City. Considered past his best when he made the move, he went on to play nearly 150 games for the club, was appointed club captain, and retired in 1970 at the age of 37.[1]

Management career

On retirement as a player, Wylie joined the coaching staff at Aston Villa before moving to Coventry City, first as coach and later as assistant manager. He took an advisory post in Cyprus before returning to England where he was appointed manager at West Bromwich Albion in 1982.[1] With Ron Atkinson being replaced by Ronnie Allen, the club had sold players such as Bryan Robson, Remi Moses and Peter Barnes, leading to a decline in the club's fortunes. The side began the 1982–83 season well, winning 7 of the first 11 and were in contention for a UEFA Cup place for much of the season, but a late slump in form saw them finish 11th (the last time the club finished in the top half of the top flight until the 2011-12 season).

The following season, West Brom's form was mediocre although the side were always several points clear of the relegation zone. Wylie left the manager's position in February and was replaced by Johnny Giles.

He returned to Aston Villa to take charge of the reserve team, later working as a scout before yet again rejoining Aston Villa as community liaison officer,[1] a post which he held until retirement in 2003.[2]

Personal life

Wylie's grandson, Alex Grove, plays rugby union for Worcester Warriors and the Scotland national team. Though born in England, Grove qualifies for Scotland through his Glasgow-born grandfather.[3]


  1. 1 2 3 Matthews, Tony (2000). The Encyclopedia of Birmingham City Football Club 1875-2000. Cradley Heath: Britespot. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-9539288-0-4.
  2. Ricketts, Peter (29 March 2003). "Fairway focus - Wylie way to attract sponsors" (reprint). Birmingham Mail. NewsBank. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  3. Reid, Alasdair (9 November 2009). "Alex Grove owes Scotland debut to genes of his grandfather, Ron Wylie". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 November 2009.
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