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Class of 51

23 February 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Manager Arthur Rowe used just 19 players when we won the Division One title for the first time in season 1950-51. Now, 65 years on, we pay tribute to each one. Here John Fennelly spotlights the contribution of squad quartet SID TICKRIDGE, DENNIS UPHILL, CHARLIE WITHERS and ALEX WRIGHT.

SID TICKRIDGEsid_tickridge_200x150
Games: 1. Goals: 0.

Sid would go on to play another century of senior games for us in a Spurs career that started in our junior ranks in the early 1930s yet the war would delay him from turning professional until April, 1946.

Born in Stepney, the energetic full-back made his debut for us in the localised war league during a break from his service in the Royal Navy.

He became a first team regular from 1947 but left for Chelsea after another four years and later played for Brentford.

Sid hung up his boots in January, 1957, and later returned to Spurs as a youth team coach.

dennis_uphill_200x150DENNIS UPHILL
Games: 2. Goals: 1.

Another key shadow squad player, Dennis is former miner who came through the ranks with us after joining as an amateur in March, 1948, before moving up to full professional status the following year.

Born in Bath, he had a brief spell with Finchley ahead of joining the White Hart Lane groundstaff but would only make six first team appearances for us in almost four years due to the intense competition at inside-forward.

Moved to Reading in February, 1953, as part of the deal that brought Johnny Brooks to Tottenham and would score regularly in the lower leagues for a succession of clubs.

CHARLIE WITHERScharlie_withers_200x150
Games: 4. Goals: 0.

Although used sparingly this season, Charlie would go on to achieve near legendary status at White Hart Lane making 164 first class appearances between 1948-56.

A versatile performer who specialised at right-back, the Edmonton-born player was with us from 1939 but only signed pro in October, 1947, when he was demobbed from the army.

A powerful and committed defender who tackled like thunder, he was a key element in our Division Two championship-winning side of 1950 but then lost his place to Arthur Willis for much of this memorable season in our history.

The England ‘B’ international moved into non-league football in June, 1958, and later managed his local side Edmonton.

alex_wright_200x150ALEX WRIGHT
Games: 2. Goals: 1.

One goal in two outings will always be considered a good return at this standard. But that would prove to be Alex’s total in a Spurs shirt.

However, his single goal in this history-making season was crucial as it came on his debut at home to Chelsea and was the winner in a 2-1 home win.

He kept his place for the following game, a goalless draw at Stoke, as he continued to ably deputise for the injured Len Duquemin and Syd McClellan.

The Scots born centre-forward joined us from Barnsley in September, 1950, but was gone within a year when he joined Bradford Park Avenue.