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Roy Dwight

Roy Dwight

Former professional English footballer and cousin of English singer Elton John, Roy Dwight (1933-2002), was in kinship care as a child.

Roy Dwight was about 8 years old when his mother died after the birth of her 3rd child and only daughter, Susan.

Roy, his brother Dave and their father, Ted, moved in with Roy’s (and Elton John’s) grandparents, Edwin and Ellen Wright at 6 Stapley Road, Belvedere, Kent. Ted was sick at the time with tuberculosis. After Ted died, Roy and Dave continued living with their grandparents.

Stanley Dwight, a trumpet player and Elton John’s father, was still living at home and was more like a brother than an uncle to the boys.

Stanley and Edwin both encouraged Roy in his football and between 1954 and 1958, Roy played for Fulham, scoring 54 goals. He also played for the London XI team—created to play in the 1955 to 1958 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup—in 1957.

In 1958, Roy Dwight began playing for Nottingham, scoring 26 goals in 41 games. He later played for Coventry City and Millwall.

During the 1970s, Roy Dwight taught Physical Education at Forest Hill Boys Secondary School.