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Alf Ramsey

Southampton FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC

32 appearances, 3 goals, 3 penalties

P 32 W 18 D 9 L 5 F 85: A 48
70% successful

1948-53

disciplined: none
captaincies:
three
minutes played:
2826

Profile

Full name Sir Alfred Ernest Ramsey
Born 22 January 1920 at 6 Parrish's Cottages, Five Elms Farm, Dagenham, London [registered in Rochford, Essex, March 1920]. To Herbert Henry and Florence (née Bixby).
Heattended Becontree Heath School.attended Becontree Heath School.
Married to Victoria Welch [registered in Southampton, December 1951].
Died: 28 April 1999 in an Ipswich nursing home, aged 79 years 96 days [registered in Ipswich, April 1999].
Died following a heart attack, having battled Alzheimer's Disease and Prostrate Cancer. He was buried in Old Ipswich cemetery (left) on 7 May 1999.
Height/Weight: 5' 8¼", 12st. 8lbs [1950].

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies: x

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Began his career with Essex schools and Five Elms FC. Also played Army football when he signed amateur forms with Portsmouth FC, whom he played for through the wartime. He went onto Southampton FC, signing amateur forms in 1943, turning professional in August 1944. He went on to play in ninety league matches, scoring eight goals before he joined Tottenham Hotspur FC in May 1949 for £21,000. Another 226 league appearances followed, and another 24 league goals, until his retirement in August 1955.
Club honours Football League DivisionTwo winnersTwo winners 1949-50; Football League Champions 1950-51; FA Charity Shield winner 1951;
Individual honours Football League (six appearances)
Distinctions One of a handful of players who has a road named after him. Sir Alf Ramsey Way runs alongside the Portman Road stadium, formerly named Portman Walk.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s): After retiring from playing, Ramsey immediately took up the management mantle at Ipswich Town FC on 8 August 1955. He remained in charge, with relative success until 29 April 1963. In his final season, 1962-63, he took charge of Town and England simultaneously. He remained manager of England until he was sacked in May 1974.  He did not return to football straightaway, instead, only becoming consultant to Birmingham City FC, a position he resigned in March 1978, although he had become their director and for a time, caretaker manager. In 1979, he became a technical advisor to Turkish side. Panathinaikos FC. Afterwhich, he returned to England and into retirement.
Club honours: Football League Division Three (South) winners 1956-57; Football League Division Two winners 1960-61; Football League Champions 1961-62; FA Charity Shield runners-up 1962; FIFA World Cup Winners 1964-66; UEFA European Nations Cup Third Place 1966-68;
Individual honours: x

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 676th players (677) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-back
First match No. 244, 2 December 1948, England 6 Switzerland 0, a friendly match at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, aged 28 years 314 days.
Last match No. 284, 25 November 1953, England 3 Hungary 6, a friendly match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 33 years 307 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1950; British Championships 1949-50, 1950-51, 1951-52, 1952-53;
Team honours British Championships winners 1949-50, shared 1951-52, 1952-53;
Individual honours England B (one appearance)
Distinctions Knighthood for services to football 1967; Sports Coach UK (formerly the National Coaching Foundation) Mussabini Medal and Coaching Hall of Fame 1998; Football Association Hall of Fame 2002.

Beyond England

In the fantasy world, Sir Alf became the caretaker manager of Melchester Rovers FC in Christmas 1981. Although he only held the position for a few matches, few could honestly fill the boots of Roy Race after he had been shot. Alf himself contributed a few articles to the Daily Mirror throughout the 1980's, but eventually, ill-health took a hold. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.202/Various Media.

 

Alf Ramsey - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Pens Capt. Disc.
- 32 12 32 0 0 2826 3 942 min 0 3 three none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Alf Ramsey - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 15 8 5 2 48 27 +14 0 4 3.20 1.80 70.0 +6
Away 14 9 4 1 35 19 +16 1 3 2.50 1.357 78.6 +8
Neutral 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1
All 32 18 9 5 85 48 +35 3 8 2.656 1.50 70.3 +13

 

Alf Ramsey - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 28 15 9 4 74 41 +31 2 8 2.643 1.464 69.6 +11
Red 3 3 0 0 11 6 +5 0 0 3.667 2.00 100.0 +3
Blue 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
All 32 18 9 5 85 48 +35 3 8 2.656 1.50 70.3 +13

 

Alf Ramsey - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
WCF 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1
World Cup 4 2 0 2 3 2 +1 2 2 0.75 0.50 50.0 =0
British Championship 10 6 3 1 25 14 +11 0 2 2.50 1.40 75.0 +5

Note that the 1949-50 records of the World Cup and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

Friendly 19 11 6 2 58 32 +24 1 5 3.053 1.684 73.7 +9
All 32 18 9 5 85 48 +35 3 8 2.655 1.50 70.3 +13

 

Alf Ramsey - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP/BC 1948-50 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
WCP All 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
World Cup Finals Tournament
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1950 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1
WCF All 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1
World Cup
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1950 4 2 0 2 3 2 +1 2 2 0.75 0.50 50.0 =0
WC All 4 2 0 2 3 2 +1 2 2 0.75 0.50 50.0 =0
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC/WCP 1949-50 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1950-51 3 2 0 1 10 6 +4 0 0 3.333 2.00 66.7 +1
BC 1951-52 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 0 1 1.667 0.667 83.3 +2
BC 1952-53 3 1 2 0 9 6 +3 0 0 3.00 2.00 66.7 +1
BC All 10 6 3 1 25 14 +11 0 2 2.50 1.40 75.0 +5
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 4 2 0 2 3 2 +1 2 2 0.75 0.50 50.0 =0
BC 10 6 3 1 25 14 +11 0 2 2.50 1.40 75.0 +5

Note that the 1949-50 records of the World Cup and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

All 14 8 3 3 28 16 +12 2 4 2.00 1.143 75.0 +5

 

Alf Ramsey - Match History
 Club: Southampton F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 32 full capsx

Age 28
1 244 2 December 1948 - England 6 Switzerland 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start 2
 Club: Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - 31 full caps  
Age 29
2 252 30 November 1949 - England 2 Italy 0, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW Start 2
Age 30
3 253 15 April 1950 - Scotland 0 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC/
WCP
AW Start 2
4 254 14 May 1950 - Portugal 3 England 5, Estádio Nacional, Lisboa tour AW Start 2
5 255 18 May 1950 - Belgium 1 England 4, Stade du Heysel, Bruxelles AW Start 2
6 256 25 June 1950 - England 2 Chile 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Rio WCF NW Start 2
7 257 29 June 1950 - USA 1 England 0, Estádio Raimundo Sampaio, Belo Horizonte NL Start 2
8 258 2 July 1950 - Spain 1 England 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Rio NL Start 2
9 259 7 October 1950 - Ireland 1 England 4, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start 2
10 260 15 November 1950 - England 4 Wales 2, Roker Park, Sunderland HW Captain 2
11 261 22 November 1950 - England 2 Yugoslavia 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HD Captain 2
Age 31
12 262 14 April 1951 - England 2 Scotland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL Start 2
13 263 9 May 1951 - England 2 Argentina 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 2
14 264 19 May 1951 - England 5 Portugal 2, Goodison Park, Liverpool Fr HW Captain 2
15 265 3 October 1951 - England 2 France 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HD Start 2
16 266 20 October 1951 - Wales 1 England 1, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AD Start 2
17 267 14 November 1951 - England 2 Ireland 0, Villa Park, Birmingham HW Start 2
18 268 28 November 1951 - England 2 Austria 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HD Start 70 2
Age 32
19 269 5 April 1952 - Scotland 1 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Start 2
20 270 18 May 1952 - Italy 1 England 1, Stadio Comunale di Firenze, Firenze tour AD Start 2
21 271 25 May 1952 - Austria 2 England 3, Praterstadion, Prater, Wien AW Start 2
22 272 28 May 1952 - Switzerland 0 England 3, Hardturm Sportplatz, Z├╝rich AW Start 2
23 273 4 October 1952 - Ireland 2 England 2, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Start 2
24 274 12 November 1952 - England 5 Wales 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW Start 2
25 275 26 November 1952 - England 5 Belgium 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 2
Age 33
26 276 18 April 1953 - England 2 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HD Start 2
27 277 17 May 1953 - Argentina 0 England 0, Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires - abandoned after 36 minutes tour AD Start 36 2
28 278 24 May 1953 - Chile 1 England 2, Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago AW Start 2
29 279 31 May 1953 - Uruguay 2 England 1, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo AL Start 2
30 280 8 June 1953 - USA 3 England 6, Yankee Stadium,New York AW Start 2
31 282 21 October 1953 - England 4 Rest of the World 4, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HD Start 89 2
32 284 25 November 1953 - England 3 Hungary 6, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HL Start 57 2

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