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Sep 13, 2019, 8:05 AM
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South Wales Argus
Calls have been made for a former Auschwitz prisoner of war to be awarded a posthumous Wales cap.
Ron Jones, who became well known after speaking of his ordeals during the Second World War as well as becoming the country’s oldest poppy seller, died this week aged 102.
While incarcerated at a sub camp of Auschwitz in the Second World War, the former soldier played as goalkeeper for the Welsh Prisoner of War football team at the site.
Former Argus editor Kevin Ward has now led calls for the Football Association of Wales to recognise Jones sporting experience by awarding a posthumous cap - which is something players receive at the end of every season if they have represented their country.
Mr Jones son, Leighton, welcomed the suggestion, saying: "I think it would be appropriate for this to happen.
My father loved football. He supported Newport County and played for various teams before being sent to Auschwitz. The horrors of the place and cruelty which he witnessed must have played heavy on his mind. He was one of Newport’s finest. A fitting tribute would be to award him a posthumous Welsh cap to recognise that. Ron was able to play as goalkeeper for the Welsh team there and show his captors that he and his teammates could play the glorious game in the most dreadful of circumstances.”
(This post was edited by John Treleven on Sep 13, 2019, 8:11 AM)