9 – New World – An Unlikely Hero – Sir Alf Ramsey
Alf Ramsey came late to professional football, having toyed with a career as a grocer, but it’s hard to think of many people who had a greater impact on the game – either for Spurs or for England.
Arthur Rowe, ‘Push and Run’ title-winning manager between 1949-1955, found a kindred spirit in the reserved, scholarly Ramsey, saying later:
“When I went back to join Tottenham Hotspur as their manager in 1949 it was my pleasure to meet Alf Ramsey for the first time. He was a new boy, like myself, and I was delighted to realise that in him I had a player whom I could talk to, who would help me in the desires I had to build Spurs into the great club I had always hoped it would be. If you can like people on sight, I think we both liked each other.”
Sir Alf Ramsey is featured in the ‘New World’ section of the Opus.
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