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Cliff on the great Ron

Posted on 23 February 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

The late, great Ron Burgess had a huge impact on double-winning winger Cliff Jones.


Spurs legend Ron sadly passed away last week. He famously captained the 'push and run' side that gained promotion in 1950 and then won the First Division championship in 1951, a side including the likes of Bill Nicholson and Sir Alf Ramsey.


Ron, who was capped 32 times and also captained Wales, played 457 games for us between 1936-1954, scoring 56 goals.


Cliff, pictured left after the 1962 FA Cup Final and still going strong at 70, paid tribute to one of the greats.


"My first international for Wales was against Austria in 1954 in Vienna," recalled Cliff, one of the heroes of our great days in the 1960s.


"The left-half for Wales was Ron Burgess, I was outside-left and he certainly looked after me that day. It was my first game but, strangely enough, it turned out to be Ron's last game for Wales.


"In 1954, Ron came down to Swansea Town, where I was playing, in a role as player-coach. He was a great influence on myself, my style of play and my future career.


"He took over as manager in 1957 and in 1958 I moved to Tottenham. He said to me 'son, Tottenham is the place for you to go and play football, but for God's sake, make sure you don't go to the Arsenal!' - that was Ron!"


Having lived every second of the glory, glory years, Cliff is well placed to look at Ron's place in the club's history and he insisted: "Some people say to this day that team was the best team Spurs ever produced, possibly better even than the one I played in in 1961 with Bill Nicholson as manager.


"Of course, Bill was a member of that push and run team and brought a lot of what he learned from Arthur Rowe and Ron Burgess into our side.


"Bill also said the best wing-half that ever played for Spurs was Ron Burgess, that says it all."