LOCAL HERO

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LOCAL HERO
Looking back on players spotted by Spurs playing locally in schools’ football – and who went on to star in our first team. John Fennelly details the career of Fred Channell.
Losing 3-1 at home to West Ham in March 1936 was bad enough as it stalled our promotion push following a run of nine league games without defeat.

But it was a particularly sad afternoon for one unfortunate participant - defender Fred Channell who suffered the misfortune of sustaining a serious injury that would end his career just as he appeared to be reaching his peak.

Fred was a confident and able right-back who possessed a great deal of flair and was tipped for international honours. But the knee injury he endured in that Division Two game was enough to mean that the 26-yearold would never play again.

Fellow full-back Ralph Ward made his debut in that match. Jimmy Marshall, Len Goulden and Peter Simson scored for West Ham with George Hunt on target for Spurs. The two sides had played out a 2-2 draw in the November.

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