ralph ward - fact file
1935 - 1946 defender
|Born on 5th February 1911 in Oadby,
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Joined from Bradford Park Avenue in 1936 and played 133 games in the league and FA Cup, scoring 11 goals in the process, with many of the coming from the penalty spot. This figure includes three games which were part of the abandoned 1939-40 season.
Ralph captained the Spurs side during war-time and was the club penalty taker during his time at the club, having a good scoring record from the spot.
Went on to make 366 appearances in 10 years with the club.
He said that when the winner went in against Everton in a 1937 FA Cup tie, the sky could not be seen for hats and programmes being thrown into the air.
A tough nut, Ward sparred with the heavyweight boxer of the late 1920s and 1930s Reggie Meen, who won 55 of his 97 fights.
Left Spurs in 1946 for Crewe Alexandra, where he later took over the manager's duties.
Lived in Oadby, Leicestershire in 1974, running his own successful haulage business for many years.
NICKNAME : "BUTCHER"
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