Ron Burgess

Mon, March 14, 2005 - 16:18, Diary, Administrator,

The Tribute Trust were saddened to hear of the passing of former captain Ron Burgess.

This was taken from the official site:

We were saddened to hear today 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 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.


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