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Ted Ditchburn

Posted on 27 July 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).

TED DITCHBURN (1946-1959)

The debate will always rage as to who was the greatest Spurs' goalkeeper - Pat Jennings or Ted Ditchburn.

Ditchburn arrived at the Lane from nursery club Northfleet in 1939 but only managed a handful of games during the war years, when he guested for Aberdeen.

But the end of the war signalled an amazing spell between April 1946 and March 1954 when Ditchburn missed just two games - including a record of 247 consecutive appearances.

He was an ever-present in the famous 'push and run' championship side of 1950-51 when he was seen to pioneer the art of starting attacks from the back with his pinpoint throws.

Brave, a great stopper and the possessor of a mighty kick, he won six England caps and was a member of England's 1950 World Cup squad before being hit by injury and eventually leaving for Romford and later Brentwood Town.
Appearances: 418 (Lg), 34 (FAC).