Ron YeatsRon Yeats is a Scottish former footballer. He was the captain of the first great Liverpool team of the 1960s. Yeats, a stockily-built 6 ft 2 in central defender, was bought by manager Bill Shankly in 1961 from Dundee United for a fee of around £20,000 and was immediately installed as captain as Liverpool gained promotion from the Second Division after eight seasons away from English football's top flight. He made his debut in a 2–0 league victory over Bristol Rovers at Eastville on 19 August 1961, his first goal came 2 years later in the 75th minute of the 1–0 First Division victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on 23 November 1963. When Yeats was signed, Shankly was so impressed and proud of the physical presence of his new player that he told waiting journalists "The man is a mountain, go into the dressing room and walk around him". Yeats lived up to the reputation and the nickname ("The Colossus"). Liverpool won the League championship in 1964 and then picked up their first-ever FA Cup a year later, beating Leeds United 2–1 in the final at Wembley. Yeats was gleeful as his lifted the trophy. Yeats skippered Liverpool to another League title in 1966 and during this period also won two caps for Scotland, the first came on 3 October 1964 in a 3–2 defeat to Wales at Ninian Park Cardiff.
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