Kingswinford, Staffordshire born inside left Ray Westwood began his football career with Stourbridge in 1927, playing for Brierley Hill Alliance in 1928 and having trials at Aston Villa before signing for First Division Bolton Wanderers in March 1930. He made his Football League debut against Manchester City in March 1931. He played around half of Bolton’s matches the following season but really established himself as a mainstay of the first team in Bolton’s relegation season of 1932-33 when he second top scored to Jack Milsom with 13 goals. In 1933-34 he managed 25 goals as Bolton finished third, only topped again by Milsom, and the following season his 33 goals, including 4 goals against Barnsley in October 1934, helped fire Bolton back to the First Division as Second Division runners up. They also got to the FA Cup semi final where they lost in a replay to West Bromwich Albion at The Victoria Ground, Stoke.
By this stage he had become very much Bolton’s star man and Westwood was first capped by England in September 1934 when he played in a 4-0 win over Wales at Ninian Park, Cardiff, and he went on to win 6 caps between then and October 1936. In November 1937, Chelsea offered £12,000 to take Westwood to Stamford Bridge. It was turned down. He continued to play both sides of the Second World War for Bolton, losing some 7 years of his playing career to the War, and notably scored 8 goals, including a hat-trick against Liverpool, in 9 appearances in the 1946 FA Cup before Bolton lost in the semi final to Charlton Athletic at Villa Park. He joined Chester in December 1947 after 145 goals in 336 appearances for The Trotters, and scored 13 goals in 40 appearances for The Seals before finishing his career with non league Darwen in 1948.
He was the uncle of Duncan Edwards, the legendary Manchester United and England wing half “Busby Babe” who died in the Munich air disaster in February 1958.