len duquemin - fact file
1945 - 1957 forward
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Born in Guernsey on 17th July 1924.
A self-critical forward, who had fine scoring record for the club, Len Duquemin was a solidly built, but pacy forward when the ball was played in front of him.
Invited to Spurs for a trial in January 1946, Len Duquemin made an immediate impact and was snapped up to become an important part of the Spurs team of the 1950s.
When WWII started, he was a schoolboy in Guernsey under German occupation. Worked as a gardener at the Vimiera monastery where the monks only spoke French, which Len learned and this came in useful on Tottenham's1948 tour of France.
Spotted by Ted Zabelia in Guernsey and he recommended him to Spurs. Joined the club in February 1946 as an amateur and in a match programme, it said the club "believe that he will develop into a centre forward of more than average ability." Well, that was certainly true, as his robust style and devastating finishing saw him be the first choice centre forward for several seasons. Not only was Len a well respected player, but always displayed a very sporting attitude. Duquemin made his debut in 1946 and made steady progress as his Tottenham career continued. Leading the line well and showed raw power when a sniff of a goal was in the air, but could show the delicate touch when required to lay the ball off to a team-mate. Liked nothing more than to receive the ball with his back to goal, play it wide to the wings and then charge into the middle to receive the cross.
After finishing his playing days with
Bedford, Len went on to manage Hastings United and Romford.
Died on 20th April 2003.
NICKNAME : The Duke
Lived in Tottenham and ran a newsagent,
tobacconist and confectionery shop in Northumberland Park at the High
|What they said about Len Duquemin|
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|What Len Duquemin said about ...|
... his time at Tottenham Hotspur ... 21.04.1973 (THFC Programme)
“I was always happy as a Spurs
player and was well treated. My most precious moments from
those playing years were winning the Second Division
championship in 1950 and the League title the following
year. I suppose my biggest disappointment was never playing
at Wembley. I played in those three Cup semi-finals, all at
Villa Park, but we lost after a close struggle each time.”
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