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Ron Jones, MBE
(ABGS 1946 - 1950)
Ron (right) practising with Lynn Davies for the British 4x110 relay team in 1964
Ronald Jones was born in Cwmaman in August 1934. He has spent a lifetime in the
world of sport and, in his youth, was an athlete who competed internationally for
Great Britain. He was one of the most talented sprinters of his generation.
As a boy he lived in Brynhyfryd, Cwmaman and attended Glynhafod Primary School.
At the age of 12, he transferred to Aberdare Boys Grammar School.
Ron’s career in sport is long and distinguished. He competed in three Olympic
games, 1960, 1964 and 1968, captaining the British team in Mexico in 1968. He also
represented Wales in four Commonwealth Games. In 1963, he was a member of the British
team that equalled the world record for the 4x100 metres relay, and a member of the
relay team that reached the Olympic Games final the following year. His team for
the Tokyo 1964 event included Lynn Davies, Peter Radford and Menzies Campbell. Ron
made 35 full international match appearances for G.B.
After retiring from athletics, Ron’s career turned to management
and training in association football. He was a fitness coach at QPR introducing techniques
which were unheard of at the time but commonplace nowadays. In the late 70s he was
appointed managing director at Cardiff City to run the club with particular attention
to the financial side of the business. He was brought back in 1997 as a fitness coach
to improve the running ability of several players. In the 1980s Ron spent some time
in the south of England with Portsmouth F.C. From 1982 to 1985, he made a substantial
contribution to the Sports Council for Wales. Since retiring, he has worked tirelessly
for Sports Aid Wales, who help develop and encourage youth sport in the Principality.
He raised significant sums of money for this organisation and has been involved in
the distribution of £500,000 to young athletes.
Ron lives with his wife Pam in Cambridgeshire, and in December 2000, he was awarded
the MBE for his services to Sport.
In March 2008, Ron was honoured at a tribute dinner organised by past students
John Cynon Davies and Ken Griffiths. There is an account and pictures of this occasion
on the reunion section of this web-site.