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30 May 2014

The Iron are sad to learn that former striker Ray Powell has passed away aged 89.

Born in Swansea, the forward played for Swansea Town, making 18 league appearances and scoring five times between 1947 and 1951.

He signed for Scunthorpe in August 1951 and only played for United during the 1951/52 season, making 31 league appearances and scoring 14 goals.

His son, Mark Powell said: "He was a centre forward for the Iron and scored twice in the second round of the 1951/52 FA Cup against Millwall that took them into a third round tie against a Spurs side that included Ramsey, Nicholson and Ditchburn.

"Dad played for Kettering Town and was player manager for a spell at Wellingborough Town after leaving Scunthorpe, but he always talked fondly of his time with the club and fortunately we have many large black and white proofs and newspaper cuttings to remind us of his times there. These, along with his scrapbook will be on show to his friends and family next week at the funeral.

"After finishing his playing career, Dad moved to Essex and worked in London as a Company Secretary for a burglar alarm company that eventually became part of Securicor. He enjoyed his time there, but as you can imagine, it never equalled the enjoyment and pride he felt at stepping out onto the pitch as a professional footballer. Despite taking me to West Ham over the years (another claret & blue) the first thing he did after the game was to look for the Scunthorpe and Swansea results.

"I’m pretty sure there will not be many, if any at all, Scunthorpe fans that would remember watching my Dad play, or even remember his name, but I felt compelled to just let the club know, and would also like to personally thank you for providing him with all the happy memories that were a source of great comfort and enjoyment to him in his later years."

Our thoughts are with Ray's family at this sad time.

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