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Roy Dwight

Personal information
Full nameRoyston Edward Dwight
Date of birth9 January 1933
Place of birthDartford, Kent, England
Date of death9 April 2002(age 69)
Place of deathLondon, England
Playing positionRight Wing

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Royston Edward Dwight (9 January 1933 - 9 April 2002) was an English footballer.

When he was eight, Roy’s mother died in childbirth, while giving birth to his sister Susan, and following his father’s death, he moved in with his grandparents.

Although a winger, he was renowned for his shooting ability. Dwight scored 54 goals in 72 games for Fulham between 1954 and 1958, including a hat-trick against Liverpool in 1956. In 1957 he was in the London XI that beat Lausanne Sports 2-0 in the semi-final second leg of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup at Highbury. He moved on to Nottingham Forest in the summer of 1958 for a 'substantial' fee.

He opened the scoring after 10 minutes for Forest in the 1959 FA Cup Final against Luton Town. However after 33 minutes, with Forest winning 2-0, Dwight was carried off the Wembley pitch after breaking his leg in a tackle with Luton’s Brendan McNally. Ten-man Forest held on, winning the match 2-1 to become the only team reduced to 10 men by injury to win the trophy.

In 1958-9, his only full season in Nottingham, Dwight scored 26 goals in 41 League and 9 FA Cup appearances for Forest, including 2 hat-tricks. Despite scoring in his comeback game the following March he was not the player he had been before his injury, and he played only twice more for Forest before moving back to play in his native Kent with Gravesend and Northfleet. He returned to league football with spells at Coventry City and Millwall. He later managed Tooting and Mitcham, who had been Forest's 3rd round opponents in their winning FA Cup run.

He married Constance Carver in Dartford in 1954, and was the cousin of pop legend Elton John (Roy’s father Edwin and Sir Elton’s father Stanley were brothers).

Roy Dwight died in London in 2002 at the age of 69.

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