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Johnny Jordan

Thu 25 February 2016, 09:00|Tottenham Hotspur

We were saddened to hear of the recent passing of our 1940s inside-forward Johnny Jordan who died in Cambridge on January 9. He was 94.

Born in Bromley, Johnny established a fine reputation as an amateur with Bromley and Grays Athletic and was also on West Ham United’s books. He looked set to play for England at amateur level when he underwent trials with Spurs and so impressed that we immediately offered him a professional contract.

john_jordan250That was in August, 1947, and he went straight into the first team, scoring twice on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday at White Hart Lane.

Skilled in possession and with a good passing range, he went on to score 10 goals in 24 Division Two games for us that season and also played in three FA Cup ties as we reached the semi-finals.

However, that would be his only season at Tottenham because in August, 1948, we received such an excellent offer from Juventus for his signature that we decided to let him go. Unfortunately, it did not go too well for Jordan in Italy and by March, 1949, he was a Birmingham City player.

He then had a year with Sheffield Wednesday before finishing his playing career with Tonbridge in 1951.

We extend our sincere condolences to Johnny's daughter Margaret and grand-daughter Melanie, and to all their family and friends, at this sad time.