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George Ludford was a goal-scorer, who moved back through the team as he got older, but provided valuable service to Tottenham for 27 years, including a spell as a coach after his playing days were over.
Born in Barnet, North London he represented his school and on joining Tottenham at the tender age of 14, George played for the Juniors, before moving into the 'A' side, where he scored on his debut at Leytonstone on 25th February 1932. Signing amateur forms, the forward was loaned out to Enfield in September 1933 and then onto Tottenham's nursery club, Northfleet United, playing under Tottenham stalwart Jimmy Anderson and with Bill Edrich and Vic Buckingham. It was a successful move with medals won for the Kent League championship and the Kent League Cup in 1934-35 and the league championship was Northfleet's again the following season, with Ludford's 101 goals instrumental in the retention of the title. In one spell of four games at Christmas 1935, George hit sixteen goals !!
Returned to Spurs in 1933, but showed little promise at centre forward, so, ever conscious of needing another trade, Ludford got carpentry experience while working on the ground staff at White Hart Lane, but Spurs offered him a professional contract at the end of the 1935-36 season. A stroke of luck came for George when he filled in for a missing player at wing half in a war-time game and shone, making this his new position. However, he showed his versatility by turning out at full back for a few games of the 1949-50 season, standing in for Charlie Withers.
On starting with Spurs, his chances as a forward were limited, so he slotted in at wing half. Displaying strong tackling and consistent form made him a useful member of the squad and his loyal service was appreciated by the Tottenham crowd. Started a game for the first time at the beginning of the following season, but spent the majority of that campaign in the reserves in the Football Combination, where he hit 72 goals in 82 games before his career was interrupted by the onset of the Second World War. George got a job near the Spurs ground and played 171 games during the conflict and scored 78 goals for Reading, Southend United, Fulham, Millwall, Chelsea, Clapton Orient, Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United as a guest player.
On resumption of football following the end of the war, he was reinstalled as a forward until he eased from playing into coaching the 'A' team by the 1950-51 season. In the programme for the Spurs game at home to Stoke City in the FA Cup Third Round on January 11th 1947, an announcement was made that the club had not entered into negotiations with Millwall about swapping Ludford for the Lion's player Jinks, as Tottenham thought to much of Ludford to part with him.
Having spent his career at White Hart Lane, it was perhaps destined that he would join the backroom staff and he found time to take sessions with the teams in the London Midweek League and the Metropolitan and District League, until he was offered the post of manager of Enfield in 1957. His time at Southbury Road lasted for eight years, but during the time under his management, Enfield won the Athenian League in 1962 and 1963, The London Senior Cup in 1961 and the Middlesex Senior Cup in 1962. There was also a Wembley visit in the Amateur Cup Final against Crook Town in 1964, but Enfield were runners-up in their first appearance in the final.
Much as his time at Tottenham had progressed, George took over a s stadium manager at Enfield until his retirement in 1980.