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Les Bennett
Born (1918-01-10)10 January 1918
Wood Green, England
Died 29 April 1999(1999-04-29) (aged 81)
Hackney, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)

Les Bennett (10 January 1918 – 29 April 1999) was an English professional footballer who played for Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.[1]

Football career[edit | edit source]

Bennett joined Tottenham as a junior in May 1939. He spent much of the World War II years serving his country with the Devon Regiment[2] in Burma, India and Egypt, before making his Football League debut against Birmingham City on 31 August 1946. The quick- thinking, energetic inside forward was an important part of the push and run side of the 1950s. He made 294 appearances and scored on 124 occasions in all competitions for the club between 1946–1954. Bennett transferred to West Ham in December 1954 playing another 26 matches and scoring three goals. In August 1956 he became player–coach for Clacton Town before finishing his football career at Romford in 1959-60.[3]

Honours[edit | edit source]

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Football League Second Division winners: 1949–50
  • Football League First Division winners: 1950–51
  • Football League First Division runners-up: 1951–52

Post-football career[edit | edit source]

Bennett managed a caravan site in Clacton and was employed as a security guard at the University of Essex before retiring. He came out of retirement in 1964 to play in a " Push and Run" XI for the John White memorial fund.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hugman, B, J, (Ed)The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005 (2005) ISBN 1-85291-665-6
  2. "On this day 10 January". www.whufc.com. http://www.whufc.com/articles/20120110/on-this-day-10-january_2236884_1514814. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biography Retrieved 19 September 2008

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