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Roy Cheetham

Personal information
Date of birth21 December 1939
Place of birthEccles, England
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionWinger

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Roy Alexander Cheetham (born 21 December 1939 in Eccles, Greater Manchester) is an English former footballer who played for Manchester City, Detroit Cougars, Charlton Athletic and Chester City.

As a boy Cheetham watched Manchester City and Manchester United on alternate Saturdays. His career began when he signed for Manchester City as an amateur in 1956. Later that year he turned professional. He made his debut in the 1957 58 season in a 2 1 win against Luton Town. In the following match he was given a torrid time by Arsenal's Jimmy Bloomfield, and returned to the reserves. The following season he began to play more regularly, and he progressed to make 137 first team appearances over the course of a decade.

On 30 August 1965 he became the first Manchester City player to be used as a substitute, replacing Mike Summerbee in a match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Cheetham played three times in Manchester City's 1967 68 championship winning season. He moved to Detroit Cougars of the NASL in January 1968. During his season in Detroit he scored three penalties in a single match against Dallas. In total, Cheetham made 17 apps in the NASL. He then returned to England, signing for Charlton Athletic. He did make any first team appearances for Charlton, and transferred to Chester City in December 1968, where he became club penalty taker. He made 124 league appearances at Chester before leaving in 1972, with his final appearance being a goalless draw at home to Crewe Alexandra on 22 April 1972. This marked the end of his Football League career. A second spell in North America followed in the form of a period at Windsor Stars in Canada. He later managed non-league club Great Harwood Town.

In 1999 Cheetham made a trip to Budapest to meet childhood hero Ferenc Puskas, and in 2006 represented Manchester City at Puskas' funeral. As of 2007, Cheetham is treasurer of Manchester City's Former Players' Association.

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