Derek King (footballer born 1929)

Derek King (footballer born 1929)
Derek King
Personal information
Full name Derek Albert King
Date of birth August 15, 1929(1929-08-15)
Place of birth Hackney, England
Date of death 16 June 2003(2003-06-16) (aged 73)
Place of death Huntingdon, England
Playing position Central defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1956 Tottenham Hotspur 19 (0)
1956 Swansea City 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Derek Albert King (b.15 August 1929 in Hackney–d.16 June 2003 in Huntingdon) was a former English professional footballer who played for Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City.[1]


King attended the Glynn Road School, Hackney.[2] After leaving school aged 14 he trained as a tie maker and played his early football for Alexander Palace football club in 1945. King joined Tottenham Hotspur as a junior in the season of 1945–46. After completing two years National Service serving with the Grenadier Guards he returned to Tottenham and in 1950 he became a full time player.[2] He made his senior debut in a 1-0 home win against Fulham on 20 August 1951. The central defender made 19 appearances for the Spurs [3] before transferring to Swansea City in August 1956. A resolute player he featured in five matches with the Vetch Field club in 1956 before a recurring knee injury ended his senior career in December 1956. King attempted a come back at Ted Ditchburn's Romford in 1959.[4]

Post football–career

After retiring from football King used his skills as a tie maker when he was employed by Spurs legend Dave Mackay at his tie business. He later worked as a school caretaker. At one time he lived adjacent to White Hart Lane at Paxton Road and maintained a close interest in football up to his death at a Huntingdon nursing home in 2003.[2]


  1. ^ Hugman, BJ (Ed) The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005 (2005) ISBN 1-85291-665-6 p350. Retrieved 17 June 2010
  2. ^ a b c Derek King's obituary Retrieved 17 June 2010
  3. ^ Tottenham Hotspur F.C A-Z of players Retrieved 17 June 2010
  4. ^ Swansea City profile Retrieved 17 June 2010

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