Alf Ringstead

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Alf Ringstead
Personal information
Full name Alfred Ringstead
Date of birth 14 October 1927
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Date of death 2000
Playing position Outside Right
Youth career
Ellesmere Port F.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950-1959 Sheffield United 247 (101)
1959-1960 Mansfield Town 27 (3)
Total 274 (104)
National team
1951-1959 Republic of Ireland 20 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alfred Ringstead (born 14 October 1927 in Dublin, Ireland – died. 2000)son of jockey Charlie Ringstead was a professional footballer who played in the position of outside right for Sheffield United between 1950 and 1959.

As a 14 year-old Ringstead played his football for Everton junior teams where he received a wage of just three shillings and sixpence. The Merseyside club showed little interest in keeping him and he returned home without any encouragement. After serving in the Army in India, Alf returned to play for Ellesmere Port Town while working as an upholsterer.

In 1950, Alf joined non-league Northwich Victoria in the Cheshire League, and after little more than a handful of games, he had scored eleven goals, and it was while he was with them that he was spotted by Sheffield United. He was watched by United in a match at Buxton and, agreed to sign a few hours after the match had finished.

He was signed by Sheffield United manager Teddy Davison in November 1950, in a double transfer along with fellow winger Derek Hawksworth, for a total outlay of £15,000, with Hawksworth joining two weeks later.

After two appearances in the Central League side, Ringstead made his first team league debut against Coventry City at Bramall Lane on 2 December 1950, scoring with a flying header and, scored in the following two games in Division Two. He was fast, penetrative, determined, eager to take on an opponent, and shared these characteristics with the ability to shoot and centre with power and accuracy with both feet.

He was a good header of the ball, but it was his sense of anticipation for being in the right place at the right time, that brought him so many goals.

He made his debut for the Republic of Ireland against Argentina at Dalymount Park, Dublin, on 13 May 1951, and had such a good game that he won a regular place in the side, building up to a total of 20 international caps.

Ringstead played a significant part in Sheffield United's 7-3 defeat of Sheffield Wednesday in the Steel City derby at Bramall Lane on 8 September 1951, scoring two of the goals in the famous victory. In total, he played 247 league matches for the Blades and scoring 101 goals, in his eight years at Bramall Lane.

Soon after scoring his 101st League goal for Sheffield United, Alf was transferred to Mansfield Town in July 1959. He played 27 matches scoring three goals for the Stags.

He ended his career by joining non-league Frickley Colliery.

References[edit]

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  • They Played at the Lane, Sheffield United Match Day Programme, 17 September 1988.