Full name Ronald Crutchley
Date of birth 20 June 1922
Place of birth Walsall, England
Date of death 1987
Playing position Wing half
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–50 Walsall 62 (4)
1950–54 Shrewsbury Town 146 (1)
1954– Wellington Town (now Telford Utd)
Ronald “Ron” Crutchley (20 June 1922 – 1987) was born in Brownhills
Crutchley joined Walsall Football Club in 1945, where he gained a reputation as a “hard-working defensive wing-half” and he formed part of a middle line which contained Reg Foulkes and Albert ‘Nutty’Newman. He had a useful spell with Walsall and in the two seasons 1944-45 and 1945-46 he made 42 appearences. He was another player who sufferred with injuries while at Walsall, at one time it was thought that his career would be over but it cleared up,( luckily at Shrewsbury he had better luck)! After 62 appearances in four seasons, he joined Shrewsbury Town in 1950. In 1954 he left Shrewsbury and signed for Wellington Town.
After retiring from football he was a popular figure behind his stall in the Bull Ring Market in Birmingham, as well as working with his brother at Crutchleys of Walsall in Littleton Street, they dealt in toys and fancy goods.. He was married twice and had two sons he also had a daughter with a previous girlfriend . After retirement he attended as many matches as he could watching his beloved Saddlers.