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OBITUARY: ARTHUR ELMES

Posted on 10 January 2006  - 12:00

We were sorry to learn of the passing of Arthur Elmes who was on our books from 1944 until 1951.

We were sorry to learn of the passing of Arthur Elmes who was on our books from 1944 until 1951.

A diminutive left winger, he progressed through the Tottenham Juniors set up to feature in our reserve and ‘A’ teams, scoring 13 goals in 70 competitive appearances. On leaving us he had a six year spell with Chelmsford City.

Born at North Finchley on December 29, 1927, Arthur Stanley Elmes first played at White Hart Lane on Easter Monday, 1945. He was a member of the Tottenham Juniors ‘B’ team who defeated Campbell 1-0 to win the London Minor Cup Final. Further honours followed during 1945-46 with Tottenham Juniors lifting the North London Alliance League Division Two title, the Middlesex Junior Cup and Tottenham Charity Shield.

Having made his Football Combination debut against Crystal Palace on September 14, 1946, Arthur was upgraded from amateur to professional status on December 29, 1946. He spent his National Service with the Army and played in representative matches against the Belgian Army, B.A.O.R. and the French Army.

On demobilisation during 1948 he found a regular berth in our ‘A’ team, gaining winners medals for the Eastern Counties League title and East Anglian Cup in 1949-50. At a shade over five feet six inches tall, and weighing eight stone 12 pounds, he was of ideal proportions for the wing role. He scored three goals in 15 outings for our reserve team plus 10 in 55 games for our third XI.

Arthur joined Southern League club Chelmsford City during August, 1951. No doubt his new employers had been impressed when he scored a hat-trick on our visit to New Writtle Street for an Eastern Counties League fixture on April 11, 1951!

His six years with the Essex club yielded 61 goals in 224 games. They awarded him a benefit match on May 4, 1956 when Alf Ramsey took a full strength Ipswich Town team to Chelmsford. He was released by City a year later.

Arthur, always a staunch Spurs supporter, lived at Finchley until moving to Burnley about five years ago to be closer to his grandchildren. He passed away suddenly at his home on December 30, the day after his 78th birthday.

Arthur is survived by his wife June, son and daughter-in-law Keith and Lesley, grandchildren Donna, Steven, Ben and Samantha, plus sisters Joan, Sybil, Audrey and Margaret and brothers Alan and Geoffrey.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.