Ralph Ward

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Ralph Ward
Personal information
Full name Ralph Arthur Ward
Date of birth (1911-02-05)5 February 1911
Place of birth Oadby, England
Date of death 1983
Place of death England
Playing position Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Hinckley United ? (?)
1929–1935 Bradford Park Avenue 129 (0)
1936–1938 Tottenham Hotspur 115 (10)
1946–1948 Crewe Alexandra 91 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ralph Ward (5 February 1911 – 1983) was an English professional footballer who played for Hinckley United, Tottenham Hotspur, Bradford Park Avenue, Crewe Alexandra and represented England at schoolboy level. He was born in Oadby, Leicestershire.[1]

Football career[edit]

Ward began his career at Hinckley United before joining Bradford Park Avenue in November 1929 where he played a total of 129 matches as a full back. He transferred to the Spurs in March 1936 and made his debut at White Hart Lane against West Ham United in March of that year. Ward featured in 132 games and scoring on 11 occasions in a war- interrupted career at the club. He became the club captain and penalty taker during the war years. His tough approach to the game earned him the nickname - "The Butcher".[2] [3] Ward moved to Crewe Alexandra in August 1946 where he went on to make a further 91 appearances and netting seven goals. He later went on to manage the side between 1953–55.

After football[edit]

Ward returned to his home town, Oadby, to run his own successful haulage business. He also opened a pet shop.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Hugman, B, J, (Ed)The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005 (2005) p639 ISBN 1-85291-665-6 Retrieved 30 September 2008
  2. ^ Ralph Ward fact file Retrieved 1 October 2008
  3. ^ Tottenham Hotspur F.C A-Z of players Retrieved 4 December 2012Archived 3 June 2009 at WebCite