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Roger Hynd - 1942-2017

21 February 2017

Crystal Palace FC would like to send their sincere condolences to the family of our former defender Roger Hynd, who passed away on Saturday 18th February aged 75 following a brave battle with cancer.

The nephew of legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly, whose surname was contained in his middle names, Roger joined Glasgow Rangers as a teenager while studying at university to become a PE teacher. He spent a decade with Rangers, mainly as a fringe player, but the rugged defender also had a few games at centre-forward.

When Palace reached the First Division for the first time in 1969, Roger was one of Bert Head’s first signings, joining that June from Rangers for £12,000 as our manager looked to bolster the defence for a more pragmatic approach.

Tough and strong with a fearsome but fair tackle, Roger appeared in our first ever top-flight game at home to Manchester United on 9th August 1969 in the centre of defence where he remained until early 1970 when he started a few games at centre-forward.

With Mel Blyth returning alongside John McCormick Roger was unable to regain his defensive position and he made his last first-team appearance in a total of 38 at the end of February 1970.

That summer Birmingham City made an approach for him and Roger then spent five years with the Blues and, apart from a brief loan spell with Oxford United, then joined Walsall. 

In 1978 Roger returned to Scotland where he resumed his career as a PE teacher.

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