Ron Atkinson

football player, manager and commentator (born 1939)

Ronald Frederick Atkinson (born 18 March 1939), commonly known as Big Ron,[2] is an English former football player and manager. In the 1990s and early 2000s, he was one of Britain's best-known football pundits.

Ron Atkinson
Atkinson in 2007
Personal information
Full name Ronald Frederick Atkinson[1]
Date of birth (1939-03-18) 18 March 1939 (age 83)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Position(s) Wing half
Youth career
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1959 Aston Villa 0 (0)
1959–1971 Oxford United 384 (14)
Teams managed
1971–1974 Kettering Town
1974–1978 Cambridge United
1978–1981 West Bromwich Albion
1981–1986 Manchester United
1987–1988 West Bromwich Albion
1988–1989 Atlético Madrid
1989–1991 Sheffield Wednesday
1991–1994 Aston Villa
1995–1996 Coventry City
1997–1998 Sheffield Wednesday
1999 Nottingham Forest
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He spent his playing career at Oxford United.[3] As a manager, he won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983 and 1985 and the Football League Cup with Sheffield Wednesday in 1991 and Aston Villa in 1994.


  1. Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 32. ISBN 9781852916657.
  2. McGavin, Harvey (22 April 2004). "Ron Atkinson quits ITV after his racist remarks are heard on air". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  3. "Ex-U's boss: 'I can't believe my pal Ron has gone in the Celebrity Big Brother house'". Oxford Mail. 24 August 2013.