The Anonymous Widower

It Could Have Had A Fairy-Tale Ending, But It Didn’t!

Today, Spurs drew 0-0 with Stevenage in the Cup.

Stevenage’s caption was one Ronnie Henry, who just happens to be the grandson of Ron Henry, who was in Spurs, double side of 1960-61 and probably played for them in February 1962. I saw him play probably near to 100 times.

Ronnie Henry played right full-back today for Stevenage, whereas his grandfather always played left full-back.

I thought at one point that Ronnie was going to do what his grandfather did a few times.  As the match neared conclusion, he moved forward and sent over a well-aimed cross, which didn’t come to anything.  I seem to remember quite a few of Ron’s crosses leading to goals, but then he had better target men in the middle than Stevenage did.  Ron, in fact only ever scored one goal, but it was against Manchester United to win the game. A Spurs corner had been part cleared and the ball bounced out to Ron, instead of redirecting it back in, decided to go for goal.  It went straight-in like the proverbial bullet. If there was one player who should have shot more often, it was Ron Henry, but he was a very steady and unspectaculr player and he probably felt defending was his responsibility in the game.

He did nearly score on one other occasion, when Spurs were something like three up and could not be beaten, when he did a mazy dribble into the penalty area only to be upended by the defence. He was mobbed by his team mates and almost dragged towards the penalty spot, but still he could not be persuaded to take the penalty kick to get the second goal he never got.

I’m afraid they don’t make players like Ron Henry any more!

February 19, 2012 - Posted by | Sport | ,

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