Ted Ditchburn - Tribute

Mon, December 26, 2005 - 16:07, Diary, Administrator,

Ted Ditchburn - Tribute

Ted Ditchburn, goalkeeper in the Push and Run team of 1949-50-51, was rated by those lucky enough to have seen him play as Spur's greatest ever ‘keeper. He made 505 senior appearances for the club between 1940 and 1958, held the club record of 418 League games from 1957 until 1975, and remains the record holder in terms of consecutive appearances with 247 in the league plus a further 22 in the FA Cup.

Ted joined the club groundstaff in 1937 and featured for nursery club Northfleet United and in the reserve and ‘A’ teams prior to the war. He signed professional forms during May, 1939 and made his senior debut against Chelsea 12 months later. Serving in the RAF Ted played twice for England in wartime internationals and travelled far and wide with service teams Wanderers and the Tommy Walker XI.

A model of consistency, Ted missed just a handful of games between 1946 and 1954. Given his Full international debut against Switzerland in 1948, Ted gained six caps over the next eight years and was a member of the 1950 World Cup squad in Brazil. He also gained Second and First Division title medals in 1949-50 and 1950-51. In addition to his Full caps, Ted also won two 'B' caps, plus representative honours for the Football League XI, FA XI and Football Combination XI.

Released by the club in 1959 Ted joined Romford as player/manager and ended his career in 1965 with a stint at Brentwood Town. For a number of years Ted ran a sports outfitters shop in Romford. He lived in retirement at Wickham Market, Suffolk with his wife Joan.

Born at Gillingham on October 24, 1921, Edwin George Ditchburn passed away in Suffolk on December 26, 2005.


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