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.