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Minute's applause for Ralph

Posted on 28 December 2010  - 12:00

Fans attending today's match against Newcastle are advised that we shall be holding a minute's applause before kick-off to pay tribute to Ralph Coates, our legendary former winger who sadly passed away on December 17.

Minute's applause for Ralph

Fans attending today's match against Newcastle are advised that we shall be holding a minute's applause before kick-off to pay tribute to Ralph Coates, our legendary former winger who sadly passed away on December 17.

Born at Hetton-Le-Hole, in County Durham, on April 26, 1946, Ralph started out with Burnley, making his league debut for them in December, 1964.

His excellence as a winger/wide midfield player was quickly recognised by England at Under-23 level and he had already won two senior international caps before he moved to Spurs in a £190,000 transfer in May, 1971.

A mobile and energetic player, Ralph made his debut for us at Wolves in August, 1971, and went on to make 248 appearances for us in all competitions, scoring 24 goals.

He was a member of the Spurs team that won the UEFA Cup in 1972 and reached the final of the same competition two years later. However, his most memorable moment came at Wembley in 1973 when he went on as substitute against Norwich City and scored the only goal of the game.

Our players will also wear black armbands as a mark of respect.

A reminder that we kick-off at 3pm.