Springett in 1962
|Full name||Ronald Deryk George Springett|
|Date of birth||22 July 1935|
|Place of birth||Fulham, London, England|
|Date of death||12 September 2015 80)(aged|
|Place of death||Kingston upon Thames, England|
|1955–1958||Queens Park Rangers||88||(0)|
|1967–1969||Queens Park Rangers||45||(0)|
|1959–1966||The Football League XI||9||(0)|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Ronald Deryk George Springett(22 July 1935 – 12 September 2015) was a football goalkeeper for Sheffield Wednesday, QPR and England.
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Springett has been described by The Independent as a clever, consistent, "brave and agile goalkeeper", with an excellent positional sense. Despite his small stature and lack of physicality, which gave him a slight disadvantage against larger, more physical centre-forwards, he was "adept at choosing the precise moment to smother shots at the feet of attackers, accepting that such plunges would result in occasional injuries. Swift of foot, deftly assured with his hands and adept at judging when to leave his goal-line, he could be a gloriously entertaining performer, though for all his acrobatics, his lack of height occasionally made him vulnerable to sudden long shots." Regarded as one of England's greatest ever goalkeepers, he was known for his determination, athleticism, and the "thoroughness of his preparation, as he kept a notebook in which recorded the preferred spot-kick methods of all his leading opponents".
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