Ronald George Kneebone was born at Maitland Hospital, on the 18th of March, 1937 and attended Port Victoria Primary and Maitland High schools. Apart from football, Ron enjoyed tennis, swimming and shooting in his early days on Yorke Peninsula.
Ron had come to the attention of Norwood as a teenager and was signed by coach Jack Oatey when he visited the area on a coaching mission in 1956. He played a few games in the Reserves, before making his League debut mid-1957 under new coach Haydn Bunton.
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