Ralph Gubbins

Ralph Gubbins
Personal information
Full name Ralph Grayham Gubbins
Date of birth (1932-01-31)31 January 1932
Place of birth Ellesmere Port, England
Date of death 11 September 2011(2011-09-11) (aged 79)
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
Shell Mex
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1959 Bolton Wanderers 97 (15)
1959–1961 Hull City 45 (10)
1961–1964 Tranmere Rovers 107 (37)
1964–1965 Wigan Athletic 30 (7)
Total 279 (69)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ralph Grayham Gubbins (31 January 1932 – 11 September 2011) was an English professional footballer who played as an inside forward. Gubbins made nearly 250 appearances in the Football League for three clubs between 1952 and 1964, before playing non-league football.


Born in Ellesmere Port, Gubbins played in the Football League for Bolton Wanderers, Hull City and Tranmere Rovers, before playing non-league football with Wigan Athletic.[1]

While at Bolton, Gubbins replaced the injured Nat Lofthouse for the 1958 FA Cup Semi final, scoring both goals that sent Bolton to the final. Lofthouse returned for the final, which Bolton won.[2] He spent one season in the Cheshire League with Wigan, scoring 7 goals in 30 league games.[3]

He died on 11 September 2011.[4]


  1. ^ "Profile". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Former Player Passes Away". Bolton Wanderers F.C. 12 September 2011. Archived from the original on 18 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  3. ^ Hayes, Dean (1996). The Latics: The Official History of Wigan Athletic F.C. Harefield: Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-91-7.
  4. ^ DEATHS Ralph Gubbins

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