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Ray Ferris

Personal information
Full nameRaymond Osborn Ferris
Place of birthNewry, Ireland
Place of deathManchester, England
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8.5 in)
Playing positionLeft half

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Raymond Osborn "Ray" Ferris (22 September 1920 February 1994) was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a left half. He played nearly 200 games in the Football League for Crewe Alexandra and Birmingham City, and won three international caps for Northern Ireland.

Born in Newry, County Down, Ferris spent short trial spells at Irish League clubs Distillery and Glentoran before crossing to England where he signed amateur forms for Brentford. By the time the Second World War broke out he was playing non-league football for Cambridge Town. During the war he made guest appearances for Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

After the war he signed professionally for Crewe Alexandra, for whom he played over 100 times. He then moved to First Division club Birmingham City, for whom he also made over 100 appearances. He was a hard-working, hard-tackling type of half-back with great determination. In the closed season of 1953 he went on a representative tour with the Irish FA to the United States and Canada, where he sustained a leg injury which eventually ended his career. Though he played for Worcester City in the Southern League for one more season, he was forced to retire in 1954.

In later life he had both legs amputated due to circulation problems attributed to his football career, and died in a Manchester nursing home at the age of 73.

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