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Hall Of Fame: Ron Henry

Posted on 8 June 2004  - 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).

Hall Of Fame: Ron Henry (1954-65)

Inducted: March 2004

A Spurs man through and through, Ron Henry was an ever-present in the 1960-61 double team and is still helping out in the Academy on matchdays - 50 years after joining the club as an amateur.

He played for Harpenden and Redbourne before signing professional terms at Spurs in January 1955.

Henry made his debut at centre-half in 1955 but struggled to shift out Mel Hopkins from the side, replacing him briefly in February 1958 only for Hopkins to return to the side.

However, Hopkins was injured again in November 1959 and this time Henry didn't surrender the position, missing just one of the next 188 games during which he collected two FA Cups, the league and the European Cup Winners Cup.

Stocky, strong and determined in the tackle, Henry had intelligent positional play and, like his full-back partner Peter Baker, unfussy distribution.

His consistent performances were rewarded with an England cap in what was Sir Alf Ramsey's first game in charge but he didn't play for his country again with Ray Wilson around.

Briefly skipper after Danny Blanchflower's departure, knee trouble proved his downfall in the mid-1960s and he finally dropped down to the reserved following the arrival of Cyril Knowles in 1965.

He moved into coaching the club's juniors following his retirement and although moving direction into business, he has continued to help out the Academy on matchdays.