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William Arthur Ronald "Ronnie" Burgess (9 April 1917 – 14 February 2005) was a Wales international footballer, who played in the wing half position.

Burgess scored 59 goals in one season for his local team Cwm Villa, which attracted the attention of the chief scout of Tottenham Hotspur. He was invited to join the club as an unpaid junior, but found him a job as a metal worker in Chingford. In 1937, Tottenham decided to release him, although before he left for home, he played in a junior match and scored twice, which changed the mind of the club's manager Jack Tresadern, and he was then invited to join the Tottenham nursery club at Northfleet where he played with Bill Nicholson while working as a groundstaff boy at Tottenham. He later joined the Tottenham reserves, then started in the first team in 1939 when league football was interrupted by the Second World War.

After the war ended and normal football resumed, Burgess became a significant player at Tottenham. He went on to captain the league championship winning Spurs team of the 1951 season, the year after he had helped them win the Division 2 crown.


1949-50 - Second Division (2)
1950-51 - First Division (1)

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Preceded by Tottenham Hotspur F.C. captain Succeeded by
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