Ron Atkinson's Height
5ft 10 ½ (179.1 cm)
Peak height was 6ft 0 (182.9 cm)
'Big Ron' was a former footballer and manager of teams such as Manchester United, Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa.
5ft 8 Rob and Big Ron @ Sportsmania 2011
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Average Guess (8 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 11.56in (181.8cm)
Current: 5ft 10.09in (178cm)
Nik Ashton said on 3/Feb/20
@ Tubbs - That’s interesting!
World Citizen said on 17/Dec/18
Looks 176 177
Sandy Cowell said on 12/Dec/18
@ littlesue - He does look a very well-built fellow!
littlesue said on 11/Dec/18
He was always known as 'Big Ron' when he managed my team, West Brom. He was at least 6ft, would go on about 5ft 10 now though.
Sandy Cowell said on 10/Dec/18
Another R Atkinson, ay? I bet he's not as funny as Rowan, but he is of similar height, at least he used to be!
5ft10.5 now, and 6ft for Ron's peak.
Nik said on 2/Jun/17
He's tall for a man of his generation!
Tubbs said on 23/Jan/17
Met him on Friday with Barry Fry, Ron is 5'11 these days, Barry around 5'8.
Gaga said on 31/Aug/11
Rob always lose posture in photos, around an inch, 2 cm on average.
Physics Enemy said on 24/Aug/11
I agree Rampage; Rob is losing 3cm with his posture here. If Rob straightened out, Big Rob would look 176 cm. I don't think he's over 5' 10", I'd actually suggest 5' 9.5".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 15/Aug/11
If Rob was to straighten up, Ron would look 175cm-176cm max.
I don't he's over 5ft10 these days. Most likely a little below in fact. Was a good manager though!
Chaz said on 15/Aug/11
The avarage mans height in the Uk in 1950s was only 5'7.5''he was called Big because he was nere 13st and was known as Tank he had a big frame most players were not more than 9-10st then there not much over 11st now.
A said on 14/Aug/11
@Shaun: You don't have to be tall, muscular, or fat to be called "Big somebody". When I was in high school a lot of people started calling me "Big Jay" and I'm only 5'8" and 130 pounds and don't fit into any of the tall, fat, or muscular categories lol. I don't know why they call me "Big Jay" for, some of my friends just started calling me that and it just became a nickname that stuck I guess. Also look at Rappers Big Boi who is only 5'6"ish and Big Sean who's only 5'7" and neither of them are tall, muscular, or fat either.
Candyman said on 14/Aug/11
Thats one heck of a tan.
Shaun said on 13/Aug/11
That said his build and face is not too disimilar to John Wayne's even if 4 inches shorter...
Shaun said on 13/Aug/11
Of course 5'11" plus is the start of tall range but I would never call anybody Big somebody under 6'2" unless they were hugely muscular or fat at 6'.
Shaun said on 13/Aug/11
@Helga and Little Sue. I know to you females 6' seems tall but being 6'1.5" myself I tend to have a different perspective I guess. John Wayne is what I'd call a big man and he was close to 6'4" in the 1960s. I find it odd that people a certain 6' is pretty tall can it barely 2 inches above the average. I agree that 6' flat is the start of tall range but not the range I'd call "big".
littlesue said on 12/Aug/11
Remember though he was first called 'Big Ron' back in the 60's when he was a centre half. 6ft was pretty tall then, also the 'big' referred to his large shoulders and frame
Robby D. said on 11/Aug/11
I am surprised. I always thought he was over 6'0".
James said on 11/Aug/11
6ft is not a 'big' amount above average in the UK so its not particurley big generally speaking. i'd described 183cm as above average/tall. A 183 or 184cm man can look very normal when surrounded by legit 6'2 guys.
5'9-5'10 is very average i agree.
Lenad said on 11/Aug/11
between 5'9 and 5'10 is about average
James said on 9/Aug/11
6ft is not that big but it is tall and still above average. i would describe 6'4 as 'prettey big'.
With a big personality and standing at a tall height he could have given the illusion of being taller than he really was for sure.
said on 7/Aug/11
Well he was kinda big at 6ft when younger. 5'10.5 is not short and with a build like his he could still look imposing.
[Editor Rob: 2 crew members commented when they saw him 'he's not very big'.
I guess in his prime he had a big personality, big build and 6ft is pretty big]
miko said on 6/Aug/11
Helga said on 6/Aug/11
Well it says in his prime he was 6 foot tall so that is probably where the "Big Ron" nickname came from. Naturally he has lost some height as he has aged.
Shaun said on 5/Aug/11
I must admit I thought he was about 6'4" to get the "Big Ron" name. I thought he was like John Wayne size.
littlesue said on 5/Aug/11
Well he was 6ft in his prime which is pretty tall, he also had a big stocky build, also I think he had a big personality, loud and bubbly and fairly outspoken though not as cutting as Clough was.
Shaun said on 4/Aug/11
What was with all the "Big Ron" names. Hardly very big is he.
A said on 4/Aug/11
Looks 5'10" in photo.
Dean 5ft 9.25 said on 3/Aug/11
Looks more like 177-178cm than 179cm if no shoe difference?
Triplescrew said on 3/Aug/11
I see 5'10", Rob what did he look like to you? Was he standing straight?
James said on 3/Aug/11
littlesue said on 3/Aug/11
We used to call him Big Ron when he was at West Brom, one of the best Managers we had there. I see James Cordern is to play him in a Football film. I bet Ron is not too keen on that!!