|Full name||Ralph Coates|
|Date of birth||26 April 1946|
|Place of birth||Hetton-le-Hole, England|
|Date of death||17 December 2010(aged 64)|
|Place of death||Bedfordshire, England|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ralph Coates (26 April 1946 – 17 December 2010) was an English footballer who played at both professional and international levels as a winger. Coates played for Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient, making 480 appearances in the Football League. Coates also earned four caps for England between 1970 and 1971.
Coates was born in Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham. He was an apprentice colliery fitter and his footballing ability was spotted by Burnley's North-East scout Jack Hixon. Coates joined Burnley on trial in 1961 and after a period as an apprentice turned professional in 1963. He made his first-team debut in December 1964 scoring his first goal in a 2–0 win against Leicester City in March 1965. He would go on to make 261 appearances for Burnley in all competitions scoring 32 goals. After Burnley had been relegated from the First Division in 1971 Coates was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £190,000. He played over 300 games for Tottenham and earned winner's medals for the 1972 UEFA Cup and the 1973 Football League Cup Final where he scored the winning goal in the final. Coates left Tottenham in 1978 and had a short period playing in Australia before returning to play for Leyton Orient where he was also on the coaching staff. He played 84 games in all competitions for Orient scoring 12 goals.
Coates played eight times for England U-23 and four times for England. He was a member of the initial squad for the 1970 World Cup but was not selected for the final squad which travelled to Mexico.
Later life and death
After his football career ended Coates moved into the leisure industry managing leisure centres in Chelmsford and Boreham Wood and was involved with Tottenham Hotspur for over 20 years where he worked as a match-day host.
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