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Flashback - Ron Henry

Club legends recall their playing days in this popular new feature from this season's official matchday programme.

Club legends recall their playing days in this popular new feature from this season's official matchday programme.

Next up - double-winning defender Ron Henry.

Born in Shoreditch, he played for us between March, 1953, and May, 1969, and these days continues to run a nursery in Redbourne, Hertfordshire.

What was your pre-match meal?
Ron Henry: "Haddock and poached egg - I still enjoy it today."

What current player would you have liked to have played alongside?
RH: "I still watch a lot of football on TV and I have to say that I doubt if too many of the current group would get into our ‘Double' side. We were that good. The only one likely to is Ledley King and I'm not just saying that because he's a Spur. His all-round game is wonderful."

What player of your era is worth £30m today?
RH: "I don't think any player is worth that but John White would have gone close. Football lost a special player when he died."

Favourite away ground?
RH: "Portman Road. Ipswich were sponsored by a grass seed merchant so their pitch was always superb and our side needed a good surface."

Most memorable game?
RH: "The 1961 FA Cup Final against Leicester City when I was voted ‘Man of the Match'."

What era saw you at your best?
RH: "The early 60s which was just as well as the whole side hit top form then!"

Most difficult opponent?
RH: "Harry Redknapp, he was a very good player and so quick."

Hardest player you've seen?
RH: "Dave Mackay, he was one hard case and consistently so. He was even like that in training ! I've never seen anyone like him before or since."

How much was in your first pay packet?
RH: "£5 as a pro with Spurs - I only got 25 bob in the army so I was well pleased."

How would your side do in Premier League?
RH: "It's difficult to compare football from different eras but I think we'd do very well because we were a top side. People say it's faster now and the players are fitter but I don't agree. We were very fit and you wouldn't call Cliff Jones slow if you'd seen him play.

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