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Former Southampton and Norwich City striker Ron Davies, who was the top scorer in the English top flight in back-to-back seasons in the 1960s at Saints, died on Wednesday.

The former Wales international passed away on the eve of his 71st birthday.

Davies began his career at Chester City before spells at Luton Town and Norwich, where he scored 58 league goals in his two years at Carrow Road.

Southampton signed him for a club-record £55,000 in 1966, and he went on to repay that fee handsomely. A run of 12 goals in ten games helped him finish the season as the First Division's top scorer in 1966-67, a feat he repeated the following season, albeit this time sharing the honour with Manchester United's George Best.

Manchester United would feature again in his career, firstly when he scored all four goals in a 4-1 win at Old Trafford in 1969 - all with his head - and again in 1974 when he signed for the club towards the end of his career.

"Ron Davies, who has died on the eve of his 71st birthday, was esteemed by his outside-left John Sydenham as 'the greatest header of the ball The Dell's ever seen'," Southampton club historians David Bull and Duncan Holley wrote in a tribute on the club's official website. "Few who witnessed Ron's remarkable feats in the late 1960s would disagree with that assessment."

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