Harry Redknapp pays tribute to Spurs legend Ralph Coates who has died at 64

17 December 2010 12:03
Former England and Tottenham midfielder Ralph Coates has died, his agent has confirmed.

Coates passed away peacefully this morning following a stroke. He was 64.

He was capped four times by Sir Alf Ramsey and scored the winning goal for Spurs in their 1973 League Cup final victory over Norwich.

Legends all: Ralph Coates (2nd right) celebrates Tottenham's UEFA Cup Final defeat of Wolves in 1972 along with (from left) Mike England, Alan Gilzean and Joe Kinnear with Martin Chivers at the back

Coates started his career at Burnley and also played for Leyton Orient during a 16-year career that ended in 1980.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said: 'He was just a great guy, one of life's nice fellas. He is still loved here.

'I came across him in his Burnley days. We have sent condolences to his family.'

Coates played 229 matches for Spurs, scoring 23 goals.

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Source: Daily_Mail