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Ron Burgess

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

We were saddened to hear on Monday of the passing away of our former captain Ron Burgess at the age of 87.

Ron was captain of our Championship winning side of 1951 as well as being captain of the team that won 2nd Division Championship in the previous season.

Also captain of Wales, Burgess actually kicked-off his career as a forward and it was only by chance, when he was called upon while watching a Spurs A match, that he was introduced to the half-back position he made his own.

He made his Spurs debut in 1939 and stayed there for the next 15 years, his appearances only interrupted by injury, national service or international calls.

Always willing to join in every attack, Burgess formed a perfect partnership with fellow half-back Bill Nicholson as we followed our Second Division title in 1949-50 with the big one in 1951.

He eventually took up a player-manager's role at Swansea Town before moving to Watford - where he discovered Pat Jennings - and he also managed Hendon and Bedford Town.

Our condolences go to his family at this sad time.