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1948-1953            forward

FULL NAME :  DENNIS UPHILL

Born on 11th August 1931 in Bath, Somerset, England.

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Dennis Uphill was an inside forward who played for Spurs between 1948 and 1953 and served the club honourably over that time.

Uphill was spotted by Spurs playing for the Peasdown Colliery Miners Welfare team in the Western League.

He originally signed as an amateur with Tottenham in March 1948 and was loaned out to Finchley to get some first team action.  Came back to the club in 1948 and made his A team debut on 29th January.  He made quick progress through the Eastern Counties side and into the Football Combination team.

Signed as a professional on 23rd September 1949, with 25 going to his first club and a further 75 was paid at the end of the 1950-51 season.

Undergoing his National Service, Dennis was a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and he was chosen to represent the Army in football matches.

His league debut came in a home game against Sunderland in a 1-1 draw on 23rd September 1950.  Having made six first team appearances for the team and scored two goals, Dennis signed for Reading on 2nd February 1953 and Johnny Brooks made the opposite journey to White Hart Lane.  At Elm Park, Uphill netted 42 goals in 92 league matches for the Biscuitmen, before moving to Coventry City in October 1955 and had a good goal-scoring record for the Sky Blues.

Moving on quickly to Mansfield Town in March 1957, Dennis spent a fruitful period there before he joined Watford and helped them to promotion from the Fourth Division.  Joining Crystal Palace in October 1960, he again was part of a promotion winning side, as the Eagles soared out of Division Three thanks to his goals for the team and the experience he brought with him.

Uphill dropped into non-league football in April 1963 with Rugby Town and then moved around to Romford, Dartford and Croxley Casuals.  He retired from the game after suffering a broken collar-bone.

Went into the turf accountancy game being a licence holder of a bookmakers in Watford and then ran his own removal company until he retired from work in 1995.  He stood as a conservative candidate in the local council elections for Watford Borough Council.

Dennis died in Watford on 7th February 2007.

 

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (amateur) 1948 100 - - -
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (professional) 23rd September 1949 - 23rd September 1950  v Sunderland  (First Division) (home) drew 1-1 6 2
Reading 2nd February 1953 Exchange - - -
Coventry City October 1955 - - 49 16
Mansfield Town March 1957 - - 83 38
Watford June 1959 - - - -
Crystal Palace October 1960 - - 62 17

Honours
Eastern Anglian Cup winners medal 1949-50
Football Combination Championship winners medal 1952-53

 

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