Tributes paid to former Swans hero
A FORMER Swansea Town player and member of the coaching staff, who once came on as a sub for the great Stanley Matthews in a Great Britain team, has died.
Roy Saunders — dad of Wrexham boss and former Wales striker Dean — made almost 100 appearances for Swansea Town before going on to become player-manager at Ammanford.
He then went on to join the Swans coaching staff and later became involved in matchday hospitality at the Liberty Stadium.
It is believed that 78-year-old Mr Saunders had been ill for some time before his death.
Swansea City director Dave Morgan said: "Many people will have fond memories of Roy. Our thoughts are with Dean and the rest of the family at this time."
The ex-England youth wing-half began his career as an amateur with Hull. At 17 he joined Liverpool and made 150 appearances for the Reds. During his time at Anfield he came on as a substitute for Stanley Matthews in an exhibition match between a Great Britain XI and a Rest of the World team. He joined the Swans in 1959 and made his debut against arch-rivals Cardiff. He made 94 appearances for Swansea — netting three goals — and played in the club's 1961 Welsh Cup Final triumph.
He later joined the club's coaching staff, and when the team moved to the Liberty Stadium he teamed up with ex-star Alan Curtis to work in hospitality in the Morfa Legends Lounge.
Wrexham Football Club issued words of support to their manager and his family.
A statement said: "Everyone at Wrexham Football Club would like to express their sympathy following the news that Roy Saunders has passed away.
"He will certainly be missed by his family, and Dean in particular would always turn to his father for advice during his career as both a player and now a manager.
"The Saunders family and Roy's friends are in our thoughts at this very sad time."