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Ditchburn remembered

Legendary Spurs goalkeeper Ted Ditchburn was honoured in a special ceremony at his former school on Friday.

Legendary Spurs goalkeeper Ted Ditchburn was honoured in a special ceremony at his former school on Friday.

Pupils at Lawn Primary School in Northfleet watched as a memorial plaque was unveiled by the deputy major, Cllr Lyn Milner, in a ceremony attended by local MP Adam Holloway and Phil Sonsara, Chairman of Ebbsfleet United. The club was represented by John Fennelly, Head of Publications.

Ted, whose family moved to the area in 1926, subsequently played for our famous local nursery side Northfleet United (now Ebbsfleet) and signed as a professional with Spurs in 1939.

He went on to play for England and to star in our 'Push and Run' side that won the Second Division Championship in 1950 and then went on to lift the League title the following season.

Despite losing seven years of his career to the Second World War, he was amazingly consistent and hardly missed a game until his retirement in 1958.

As a result, he sits third in the list of the players who played the most games for us behind Steve Perryman and Pat Jennings.