Derek King (footballer born 1929)
- Derek King (footballer born 1929)
||Derek Albert King
|Date of birth
||August 15, 1929
|Place of birth
|Date of death
||16 June 2003
|Place of death
|* 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.
King attended the Glynn Road School, Hackney. 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. 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  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.
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.
- 1929 births
- 2003 deaths
- People from Hackney
- English footballers
- The Football League players
- Tottenham Hotspur F.C. players
- Swansea City A.F.C. players
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