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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 December 2005, 09:24 GMT
Spurs mourning death of Ditchburn
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Former Tottenham and England goalkeeper Ted Ditchburn has died aged 84 after a long illness, the club has confirmed.

Ditchburn, who won six England caps, joined the club from Northfleet in 1939 and was an ever-present in the 1950-51 championship-winning side.

Between April 1946 and March 1954 he missed just two games, clocking up 247 consecutive appearances. He went on to play more than 400 times for Spurs.

After leaving Tottenham, he played for Romford and Brentwood Town.

Ditchburn played a major role in Arthur Rowe's 's 'push-and-run' side.

Instead of kicking the ball upfield to the forwards, Ditchburn would use his accurate throwing to start Tottenham's attacks and keep possession.


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