Ray Tumbridge

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Ray Tumbridge

Appearances: 4 Goals: 1

Date / Year of birth: 6th March 1955

Position: Left-back

Season of first appearance: 1988/89

Season of last appearance: 1988/89

Also played for: Charlton Athletic (45+3,0), Folkestone & Shepway, Northampton Town (11,0), Weymouth, Dartford, Gravesend & Northfleet and Tonbridge

5' 10" tall full-back born in Abbey Wood who began his career with Charlton, signing apprentice forms for them in July 1971. Ray turned professional in March 1973 and went on to make 48 first team appearances spanning the 1972/73-1974/75 seasons. He also had spells on loan at Folkestone & Shepway (December 1974) and Northampton (February 1975) before being released by Charlton at the end of the 1975/76 season.

Ray then joined Weymouth in July 1976 before moving to Dartford for £1,000 in August 1978. He went on to spend five seasons with the Darts and made over 200 appearances for the club.

In July 1983 Ray was transferred to Gravesend & Northfleet and became a popular player there over the next six seasons.

In February 1989 Ray joined Thanet United on loan and made his debut at left-back in a 5-2 defeat at Salisbury on 18.2.89. The Isle of Thanet Gazette said that he "gave a good account of himself" whilst the Thanet Times described Ray as being "a tried and trusted left-back with a wealth of experience behind him". On 4.3.89 he scored in a 1-1 draw at Burnham, lashing home from just outside the penalty area, and on 11.3.89 Ray played in a 3-2 win over Chelmsford at Hartsdown Park. It was his fourth appearance for United and a week later Gravesend visited Hartsdown for a Southern League game. The conditions of his loan meant that Ray couldn't play for Thanet but Gravesend tried to persuade him to turn out for them in the match. He refused but then returned to the Fleet shortly afterwards having made four appearances for Thanet, scoring once.

Ray had made 239 appearances (four as sub) and scored 26 goals for Gravesend when he was released by the club at the end of the 1988/89 season. In July 1989 he joined Tonbridge.

Ray made 41 appearances for the Angels during 1989/90 and scored 12 goals, a remarkable 11 of which were penalties. He made a further 29 Kent League appearances for Tonbridge during 1990/91, scoring twice (one penalty) and then retired at the end of the season.

Ray sadly died on 6.6.09 aged only 54 having been seriously ill for some time.









1988/89 (TUFC)

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