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Ron Henry obituary

Footballer whose career with Tottenham Hotspur spanned more than 50 years, as player and coach of juniors

Ron Henry, who has died aged 80, was an essential component of Tottenham Hotspur’s double-winning side of 1960-61. As one half of an enduring partnership with the right-back Peter Baker, he played in every game as Spurs achieved the unprecedented feat of winning both the League Championship and the FA Cup in one season.

Overshadowed by that side’s four world-class players, Danny Blanchflower, Dave Mackay, Cliff Jones and John White, Henry was nevertheless an accomplished footballer who would have been snapped up by any other club. He was a no-frills, error-free left-back who was strong and smooth in the tackle and had a good football brain. His international career was confined to one appearance, in England’s 5-2 trouncing by France in 1963, but as a player and then a coach of juniors, his career with Spurs spanned more than 50 years.

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