The man who lifted Liverpool's first ever FA Cup has been voted into 40th position on our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop countdown…
Date of birth: November 15, 1937 Place of birth: Aberdeen Nationality: Scottish Position: Central defender Years at the club: 1961-71 Signed from: Dundee United Left for: Tranmere Position in 2006 poll: 29
'He's a colossus' roared Reds manager Bill Shankly when he introduced Liverpool's new Scottish centre-back Ron Yeats in the summer of 1961 - truer words have rarely ever been spoken.
Shankly's ambition to drag his team out of the Second Division and back into the top flight became a reality with Yeats, commanding and unmoveable, as the defensive foundation.
"Ron Yeats was one of the cornerstones at Liverpool - his coming, along with Ian St John around the same time, was the very beginning of Liverpool's rise. They did more for the rise than anybody else," explained the boss years later.
Handed the captain's armband within months of arriving on Merseyside, Yeats' impact was instant; the defender missed just one league match in 1961-62 as the Reds cruised to promotion with an eight-point advantage.
Softly spoken off the pitch, Ron's formidable attributes - powerful in the air, strong in the tackle and possessing recovery speed in an emergency - provided all of his necessary talking when the action kicked off.
He skippered the team to championship glory during 1963-64, a season in which Liverpool's defensive record far exceeded any other team in the division. The feat was repeated two years later, but Yeats and co would achieve a landmark in between times.
The club's previously frustrating and futile quest for a first FA Cup triumph was ended on May 1, 1965; Ron - sporting the new all-red strip - was the man to lift the trophy, with Leeds eventually downed after extra time at Wembley.
A second First Division title for Shankly's first great Liverpool team was secured in 1965-66. Yeats was ever-present throughout the campaign as the Reds conceded just 34 goals in 42 fixtures.
The centre-back maintained his place in the team to reach a decade of service for the club, before accepting the opportunity to become player-manager at Tranmere during the final days of 1971.
Appearances: 454 Goals: 16 Honours with LFC: 2 First Division titles (1963-64, 1965-66), 1 FA Cup (1964-65), 1 Second Division title (1961-62) Did you know? Yeats was made an 'honorary Scouser' by the mayor of Liverpool in 2009 Where is he now? Retired and living locally