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Tue 01 June 2010, 12:00|Tottenham Hotspur

Ken Flint, who passed away recently at the age of 86, was a left sided forward who spent three years on our books.

Ken Flint, who passed away recently at the age of 86, was a left sided forward who spent three years on our books.

He scored once in five Second Division games during 1948 and went on to enjoy regular League action with Aldershot during the 1950's.

Born at Selston, Nottinghamshire on November 12, 1923, Kenneth Flint attended Bagthorpe School and gained representative honours for Nottinghamshire Schoolboys.

On leaving school he signed amateur forms for Notts County and followed his father into the local mining industry. Whilst his father worked down the pits Ken was employed on the pitface. His work meant that he was not called upon to joined the armed forces during the war.

Ken made seven appearances for Notts County during season 1943-44, finding the net against Derby County during February, 1944. He played a further seven games the following season and had a spell with Leicester City prior to signing for Bedford Town. He had two seasons with the Southern League outfit before joining us on June 28, 1947.

Ken had an unusual introduction to life at White Hart Lane. He continued his work as a miner under the Essential Works Order, spent Monday to Friday each week working at the Nottinghamshire pitface and travelled to London on a Saturday to play for us.

Paid a £10 signing on bonus on joining us, his weekly mining wage for 1947-48 was supplemented by our contribution of £3 per week. On turning professional full time his remuneration increased to eight pounds and ten shillings (£8.50) the following season and to £10 per week during 1949-50.

Ken made his Spurs debut in a 3-2 win for our London Combination reserve team at Swansea Town on August 23, 1947 and scored his first goal in a 5-0 home win over Brentford reserves on October 15, 1947.

Ken's total of 98 competitive appearances in our colours, scoring 40 goals, included five Football League appearances, netting one goal. They came during an 18 day spell towards the end of his first season with us.

He made his Second Division debut in a goalless draw at Millwall on March 26, 1948, scored our equalising goal just before half time in a 3-1 victory at Leeds United eight days later and then faced Luton Town, Fulham and Nottingham Forest in home fixtures.

On April 19, 1948 Ken was a member of our London Challenge Cup winning side which defeated Fulham 3-1 at White Hart Lane.

Having only played on the left wing during his first season at Tottenham, Ken also made appearances at inside left during his second and third campaigns which were split between our reserve and ‘A' teams. He scored 15 goals in 17 appearances during 1949-50 for our third XI as they won the Eastern Counties League Championship. His final game in our colours was at Bury Town on May 6, 1950.

Ken joined Aldershot on July 27, 1950 - as part of an exchange deal which brought Ron Reynolds to White Hart Lane - and quickly established himself as a crowd favourite at the Recreation Ground.

After five years service the Hampshire club awarded him a testimonial match and it was our 1950-51 team which provided the opposition under an "All Star XI" title. The past and present Tottenham side won 3-0 on October 17, 1955. The following year Ken was selected to play for the Third Division South against their Northern counterparts.

His eight years at Aldershot yielded 324 Football League appearances and 70 goals. In addition, he notched 11 goals in 30 cup matches. His appearance total currently stands fourth in their all time list and his goals tally eighth.

A brief spell with Leyton Orient from June, 1958 saw him make four senior appearances, his final League outing being at Sheffield Wednesday on September 20, 1958. Released by Orient the following month he returned to Southern League action with Bath City and helped them to the title during 1959-60. He subsequently had a stint with Sittingbourne.

Ken worked for Brooke Bookmakers at Enfield, continuing his playing career with their Tic Tacs team in the Waltham & District Sunday League until the age of 57. He also maintained a keen interest in the Brimsdown Rovers club. A low handicap golfer, he turned out for the Brimsdown cricket team.

Having lived at Enfield since coming to Tottenham, Ken was a well known figure in the area. He remained a bachelor and is fondly remembered by friends as an entertaining character who kept everyone amused.
Following a short illness, Ken Flint passed away at Barnet General Hospital on May 21.

His funeral service takes place this Friday, June 4, at Enfield Crematorium, Great Cambridge Road, EN1 4DS at 3.45 p.m. It is followed by a gathering at The Sun & Woolpack, 640 Hertford Road, Enfield, EN3 6LZ.