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Ron Jones, Cwmaman - Athletics and Football administrator

Ron Jones, who was born in Cwmaman, 1934 and was educated at Aberdare Intermediate School (the old Grammar school adjacent to Aberdare Park) before joining the R.A.F where his Athletic career took off.

In a 16-year career he was the Welsh 100yds champion 8 times, and 220/200 metres champion 6 times. He held the Welsh 100 metres record of 10.4 sec for a remarkable 24 years 1967-1991. He represented Wales in 4 Commonwealth Games. 1967 saw him become British 100-metre champion and he represented Great Britain in 35 full Internationals.

He took part in 2 Olympic Games and captained the Mexico team the European Games / Championships also saw him represent Great Britain on 3 occasions. On retiring from athletics he became a football administrator, first with Queen's Park Rangers then Cardiff City and Portsmouth between 1976 and 1989.

He was a member of the Sports Council of Wales, 1982-1985, also the chairman of the Sports Development Committee.