alfie stokes - fact file

1952 - 1959            forward

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Born on 3rd October 1933 in Hackney, East London, England.

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Alfie Stokes was a forward who possessed the happy knack of being able to hit the target when near goal and also possessed a fine scoring rate of 62 goals in 89 games, with 40 in just 65 league matches.

Attended Parmiters School, Victoria Park, Hackney.

Played for non-league Clapton and signed for Spurs on amateur forms in February 1953.

Hit a goal on his Spurs first team debut in a 3-2 away win at Bolton.  However, Stokes' scoring debut counted for little as he failed to stake a regular claim for a place in the side.  However, when he was eventually paired with Bobby Smith, the lithe Stokes came into his own.  His intelligent movement off the ball and instinctive reading of Smith's play meant he was inevitably in the right place at the right time when the ball dropped.

Alfie played for England Under-23s September 1955, becoming the first Spurs player to win a cap at this level, scoring twice against Denmark in a 5-1 win at Fratton Park, describing the cap as the first step to fame that was never realised.
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His 18 league goals in 21 matches in the 1956-57 season helped Spurs to second place behind Manchester United in the First Division and in February 1957, Stokes won an England B cap playing against Scotland and also faced the Scots when he represented the Football League against the Scottish League in March 1957.  On 18th September 1957, his five goals in a 7-1 league win over Birmingham City at White Hart Lane saw Alfie equal the league goal-scoring record at the time and become the only Spurs player to score five goals in a top flight game (until Defoe v Wigan in November 2009).  Stokes won England Under-23 caps and B caps, but never made the senior side and lost out on a place in the Spurs team under manager Bill Nicholson, who did not favour Alfie and he was moved on to Fulham for 10,000 in July 1959 and he scored six times in 15 league matches before moving on to Cambridge City, then Watford (14 appearances, two goals), Nuneaton Borough, Ramsgate Athletic, Hastings United and Guildford City.

While at Spurs Stokes scored 141 goals in 228 reserve and A team matches.

Emigrated to Australia and played for local side Budapest St. George.

Stokes came back to London and lived in Homerton, working as a chauffeur in 1974, still playing in the odd charity match for the Ex-Spurs XI.

Alfie Stokes died on 30th March 2002 in Worthing, Sussex.

 

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (amateur) 1952 ?? 4th April 1953  v  Bolton Wanderers  (away) (First Division)  won 3-2  [scored once] 69 42
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (professional) February 1953 ?? 4th April 1953  v  Bolton Wanderers  (away) (First Division)  won 3-2  [scored once] 69 42
Fulham July 1959 10,000 ??  ?? ??
Cambridge City ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Watford ?? ?? ??  14 2
Nuneaton Borough ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Ramsgate Athletic ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Hastings United ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Guildford City ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Clapton
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
65 League appearances; 40 goals
4 FA Cup appearances; 2 goals
- Other appearances; goals
Fulham

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Cambridge City
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Watford

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Nuneaton Borough
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Ramsgate Athletic
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Hastings United
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Guildford City
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Budapest St. George (Australia)

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
 

Honours
England international
Under-23 -  caps;  - goals
1 B cap; 0 goals
- Cup winners medal 19---

           

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What they said about Alfie Stokes
Alan Mullery ...  1969 ("In Defence Of Spurs")

"Alfie Stokes also spent a season at Craven Cottage.  He was signed fro Spurs for 9,000.  He had tremendous natural ability, but I don't think his heart was really in the game.  He was an England 'B' international and some people would have given their right arm for his talent."
 

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