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Ralph Coates

Burnley FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC

4 appearances, 0 goals

P 4 W 3 D 1 L 0 F 11: A 1
*(actual F 9: A 1)
88% successful

1970-71

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
282

Profile

Full name Ralph Coates

(*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)

Born 26 April 1946 in Hetton-le-Hole, county Durham [registered in Durham North, June 1946]
Married twice, firstly to Veronica S. Banks [registered in Burnley, March 1968], then to Lesley A. Clarkson [registered in Hertford & Ware, June 1981]
Died 17 December 2010 in Luton & Dunstable Hospital, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, aged 64 years 236 days, died in hospital following a week-long fight for life following a series of strokes.
Height/Weight 5'7½", 11st. 7lb. [1970]

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Played junior football at Lambton & Hetton District Schools. As a 16 year-old apprentice colliery fitter in Eppleton when he was spotted by scout Jack Hixon whilst playing for Hetton Juniors.  A trial at Burnley FC followed, then amateur status in October 1961. Turned professional at Turf Moor in April 1963, making his league debut in December 1964. Signed for Tottenham Hotspur FC on 5 May 1971 in a hotel in Stoke-upon-Trent, for a record fee of £190,000.  Left Spurs in the 1977-78 close season and played some football in Australia before joining Orient Athletic FC in October 1978 - finally retiring from professional football in 1981. Brought to Ware FC shortly afterwards, although played for Hertford Heath around 1983, before taking over as player-manager of Ware FC in September 1984.
Club honours Inter-Cities Fairs Cup winner 1971-72; runners-up 1973-74; Football League Cup winner 1972-73; Hertfordshire Junior Cup winners 1982-83;
Individual honours Football League (four appearances)
Distinctions None

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Rothman's Football Yearbook 1971-72 [1971]

Managerial Career

Club(s) Managed Ware FC for two seasons in the Isthmian League from September 1984 to the 1986 close season.
Club honours None
Individual honours None

England Career

Player number 864th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-forward/Outside right.
First match No. 441, 21 April 1970, England 3 Northern Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 23 years 360 days.
Last match No. 454, 19 May 1971, England 0 Wales 0, a British Championship match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 25 years 23 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1969-70, 1970-71; World Cup Finals (provisional) 1970;
Team honours British Championship winner 1970-71, joint-winner 1969-70;
Individual honours England U23 (eight appearances, two goals).
Distinctions None
Notes -
Beyond England
Coates took a sports psychology course and got a diploma, before moving on who became the London Borough of Barnet Recreation and Leisure Officer.  Worked for GEC at Borehamwood for 10 years, then in April 1999 - Ralph took up a post as manager of the Marconi Sports and Social Club in Chelmsford.  Kept playing in Sunday League football with Stanstead Abbotts for many years.  Played with the Spurs Old Boys side in charity matches until a knee operation in 1998 forced him to give up playing. - MEHSTG website/An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.68/69.

 

Ralph Coates - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
5+ 4 4 3 1 0 282 0 0 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Ralph Coates - Match Record - All Matches - By Shirt Colour
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - White 4 3 1 0 11 1 +10 1 3 2.75 0.25 87.5 +3
All 4 3 1 0 11 1 +10 1 3 2.75 0.25 87.5 +3

 

Ralph Coates - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECP 2 2 0 0 8 0 +8 0 2 4.00 0.00 100.0 +2
British Championship 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 1 1 1.50 0.50 75.0 +1
All 4 3 1 0 11 1 +10 1 3 2.75 0.25 87.5 +3

 

Ralph Coates - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1969-70 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1970-71 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
BC All 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 1 1 1.50 0.50 75.0 +1
European Championship Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECP 1970-72 2 2 0 0 8 0 +8 0 2 4.00 0.00 100.0 +2
ECP All 2 2 0 0 8 0 +8 0 2 4.00 0.00 100.0 +2
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 1 1 1.50 0.50 75.0 +1
EC 2 2 0 0 8 0 +8 0 2 4.00 0.00 100.0 +2
All 4 3 1 0 11 1 +10 1 3 2.75 0.25 87.5 +3

 

Ralph Coates - Match History
 Club: Burnley F.C. - 2 full caps

Coach: Alf Ramsey - 4 full capsx

Age 20
1 u23 12 October 1966 - England U23 8 Wales U23 0, Molineux, Wolverhampton Fr HW Start 7
Age 21
2 u23 31 May 1967 - Greece U23 0 England U23 0, Stadio Apostolos Nikolaidis, Athina Fr AD Start 7
3 u23 3 June 1967 - Bulgaria U23 1 England U23 1, Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sredets, Sofia Fr AD Start 7
4 u23 7 June 1967 - Turkey U23 0 England U23 3, 19 Mayıs Stadyumu, Ankara Fr AW Start 55 7
Age 22
5 u23 13 November 1968 - England U23 2 Netherlands U23 2, St. Andrew's, Birmingham Fr HD Start 8
6 u23 16 April 1969 - England U23 4 Portugal U23 0, St. Andrew's, Birmingham Fr HW Start 8
Age 23
7 u23 22 May 1969 - Netherlands U23 2 England U23 1, Adelaarshorst, Deventer Fr AL Start 8
8 u23 25 May 1969 - Belgium B 0 England U23 1, Albertparkstadion, Oostende Fr AW Start - off ht 7
1 441 21 April 1970 - England 3 Northern Ireland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start 7
On 25 March 1970, Sir Alf Ramsey announced a 28-man provisional squad to take to Mexico.  On 24 May, a week before the World Cup Finals kicked off, the final 22 man squad was confirmed, and six returned home including Ralph Coates.
Age 24
- 450 3 February 1971 - Malta 0 England 1, The Stadium, Gzira ECP AW squad/sub ?
2 451 21 April 1971 - England 3 Greece 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley ECP HW sub 78 ?
2-0 when substituting
Age 25
 Club: Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - 2 full caps
3 452 12 May 1971 - England 5 Malta 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start 8
- 453 15 May 1971 - Northern Ireland 0 England 1, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW unused sub or squad member
4 454 19 May 1971 - England 0 Wales 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HD Start 8

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