", The exact wording differs slightly between sources. This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. [92] In Ramsey's first season as manager, he guided the club to third place in the Third Division South, with Ipswich scoring 106 goals in the 46 league games. "[109][n 5], Ramsey remained his usual self during the celebrations: not joining in, but rather opting to let his players soak up their achievement. He was formally discharged from the army soon after. "I really didn't know what was going to happen to me. [34] The following season, 1947–48, Ramsey firmly established himself ahead of Ellerington in the Southampton team, and was the only player at the club to appear in all 42 League matches. [73] No England goal came—the United States won 1–0 in what entered English football history as the national team's most embarrassing upset. [51] Liverpool, Luton Town and Burnley were among the clubs who expressed interest in buying him but by the time of the transfer deadline on 16 March only Sheffield Wednesday had made an official bid. [158][159][160] The club announced his resignation before the notice period ended, and reports attributed his departure to the recent 4–0 defeat by Coventry City. The sculpture of the former England boss, crafted by Philip Jackson, will be displayed in the Wembley tunnel. [180][187][188], English football player and manager (1920–1999). With Ball and Peters operating on the flanks, the midfield now boasted Nobby Stiles and Bobby Charlton in the centre, indeed Ramsey refused a demand from the FA that he drop Stiles, making it a resignation issue. Wilf Grant, a former Southampton teammate of Ramsey's who was now on the training staff at Ipswich, commented: "He'll be good, but he will be the boss. Rowe made clear to Ramsey that he wanted him to do so, but unfortunately for him Rowe stepped down in February 1955, citing health issues. "[132] Nobby Stiles agreed: "You did it, Alf, we'd have been nothing without you. Members of England's 1966 winning World Cup team were joined by England manager Fabio Capello at Wembley to unveil a bronze bust of Sir Alf Ramsey. [7] This was the only senior match Alf would attend before playing in them himself. Alfred Ernest Ramsey was born on 22 January 1920 at 6 Parrish Cottages, Halbutt Street in Dagenham, which was then an agrarian village in Essex, about 10 miles (16 km) east of central London. Material: Bronze [75] Ramsey, who was fiercely patriotic, took the result as an acute personal humiliation. [153] Asked if he had any sympathy for his successor, Don Revie, he said that Revie did not want sympathy: "Having accepted the post of England team manager he has to accept the responsibility of his position in exactly the same way as I did. "[74] The US grabbed a shock lead on 37 minutes when a long shot towards England's penalty area flew into the net off the head of American forward Joe Gaetjens. It was all "Oh hello Rodney and how are you?". Van hem is het bekende citaat "Never change a winning team." "[89], Ramsey joined Ipswich just after the club's relegation from the Second Division at the end of the 1954–55 season, the team's only year above the third tier up to that point. They had been drawn against France for a two-legged knockout fixture to progress to the last sixteen qualifiers. [4], The young Alf Ramsey was described by his friend Fred Tibble as "a very quiet boy who really loved sport". [90] "I had no plan for Ipswich when I went there", Ramsey later said. Two years later, aged nine, he became captain of the school team. [37][38] Taking after his Southampton captain Bill Rochford, he preferred to play the ball out of defence rather than simply clearing it as quickly as possible. To that end he became an apprentice at a local branch of the Co-op, delivering groceries on a bicycle. [155] By early November, he had changed his mind. England won 2–0, securing qualification to the knockout rounds. Ramsey's battalion team by this time featured players from a number of Football League clubs, including the Brentford forward Len Townsend and Arsenal's Cyril Hodges. [133] England reached the last eight of the 1968 European Championships by amassing the best aggregate record of the four Home Nations over the 1966–67 and 1967–68 seasons (despite a loss to Scotland 3–2 at home in 1967). In February 1978, star player Trevor Francis was fined for giving newspaper interviews about his desire to leave a club he saw as lacking ambition,[157] and the board accepted Ramsey's recommendation to place him on the transfer list. [66] "I was 35 years old and obviously concerned about my future", he later wrote. [114] A widely held perception that Ramsey's accent had become more upper-class during his time as England manager fuelled speculation that he had received elocution lessons, and prompted constant joking from members of the England team who came from similar Essex or East London backgrounds, such as Bobby Moore and Jimmy Greaves. [15] He was assigned to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry and underwent his initial training in Truro, where he and other recruits were housed in a hotel commandeered by the army. [50] Ramsey, not yet in his 30s, was infuriated and considered this a direct insult by Dodgin:[51] he subsequently asked Southampton to place him on the transfer list on 7 March 1949. [166], Ramsey earned the respect of his players. [72] The team had little preparation, arriving in Brazil only a week before their first game. [81][82] Ramsey scored a penalty, his third and final international goal, but Hungary, who had scored after less than a minute, won 6–3. [108] Although Ramsey's position as England manager was confirmed in October 1962, he formally took charge in May 1963,[109] because Ramsey felt it would be wrong to walk out on Ipswich, who were struggling at the time. [57] Shortly after half-time, he intercepted a long pass near the half-way line and, after running 40 yards and dribbling past three Grimsby defenders, smashed the ball past the advancing goalkeeper. [100], The following season started poorly for the league champions: Ramsey's former teammate Bill Nicholson changed the formation of his Spurs team to counter Ipswich in the 1962 FA Charity Shield curtain-raiser to the 1962–63 season, a game which Tottenham won 5–1. ", At the time of the 1966 World Cup only the players on the pitch at the end of the final received medals. {Around plinth of statue:} Bobby Moore Captain• Ray Wilson• Alan Ball• Nobby Stiles• Bobby Charlton• George Cohen• Roger Hunt• Gordon Banks•Jack Charlton•Alf Ramsey …

"[65], Ramsey's first taste of playing as an international had come while he was at Southampton, when he played for England B against Switzerland B in May 1948. [53] "Under Rowe, Alf became far more than a defender", comments McKinstry. [52] He obsessed about Dodgin's comment. [135] England had to settle for third place after beating the Soviet Union. "Shots which appeared certain to score missed by the width of a coat of paint. [150], England, having won the World Cup in 1966, were now perceived to have failed in three successive tournaments. Ramsey was made an inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of his impact on the English game as a manager.

Ramsey suggested that Southampton could use long diagonal passes to exploit the gaps the Brazilian defenders left behind them as they ran upfield to attack. [146], Before the qualifier with Poland at Wembley Stadium, the Derby County manager Brian Clough described Polish goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski as a "circus clown in gloves". [7], On leaving school in 1934, the 14-year-old Ramsey tried to get a job at the Ford plant, then told his family he intended to become a greengrocer. England's World Cup victory at Wembley in 1966 made Ramsey a national hero, though he had his critics, both at the time and since. [34], Eric Day, one of Ramsey's Southampton teammates[35], A formative experience for Ramsey during his first peacetime season was playing for Southampton against Manchester City in April 1947.



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