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Cover Story With Ralph Ward

Our players have always been front page news – as John Fennelly’s new series on magazines from the past clearly illustrates. This month: RALPH WARD.

cover-story-1-novemberWe move nearer to home as we feature the front cover of our programme for the visit to White Hart Lane of Southampton for a Division Two encounter on March 28, 1936.

The man portrayed was Ralph Ward, an interesting character who had made his Spurs debut at Upton Park just two weeks before following his move from Bradford Park Avenue.

He had impressed Spurs manager Jack Tresadern when we needed a replay to overcome fellow Second Division outfit Bradford in the fifth round of the FA Cup in the February of that year.

And he certainly played his part in this game as we beat Saints 8-0 with Joe Meek (3), George Hunt (3 – one penalty) and Willie Evans (2) scoring our goals.

A tough tackling full-back, and expert penalty taker, Ward used his physical presence to his and the team’s advantage. He weighed nearly 14 stone yet stood only a little over five feet eight inches tall in his stockinged feet.

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