Former Swansea schoolboy star Robert Otten passes away
A SWANSEA schoolboy soccer star who helped put the city’s junior side on the map before going on to nurture the game as a referee has passed away.
Robert Otten was part of the last Swansea Schoolboy team to reach the final of the English Schools Cup in 1965 against a Leicester side which contained a young Peter Shilton.
He was to go on to earn a Wales Under 21 cap and play for Swansea Town reserves as well as in the Welsh League.
On hanging up his boots the midfielder or centre forward gave back to the game through becoming a junior referee.
His son Mark said: “He played for Swansea Town reserves and Wales Under 21 before going into the Welsh League and finishing off playing for United, which was a well known side in Townhill.
“After that he was a referee for over 20 years and played for Mynyddbach bowls club.
“Next to his family sport was his life.
“My mother used to say she was a football widow, then a referee’s widow and then a bowls widow.
“He was married to my mother for 42 years and was a fantastic husband as well as a dad.
“He wasn’t just a dad to me, he was my hero.”
Terry Daniels, captain of the schoolboys, said: “Dickie epitomised the Swansea Schoolboy footballer of that time. I will always remember his skill, his enthusiasm and commitment.”
The funeral takes place on Wednesday at Swansea Crematorium 12.30pm.