ALFRED HENRY COLEMAN  (1857-1927) - SUMMERHILL ROAD - PUBLICAN - AND SPURS SECRETARY 1909 -1926
By Richard Derrick

 

 

Not to be confused with the Alf Coleman who made 3 appearances for Spurs as an inside forward 1893-5 and was described as one of Spurs young reserves who later played for junior sides such as Novocastrians for some years (from The Spurs Alphabet By Bob Goodwin) Alfred Henry Coleman would have been in his mid 30's in 1893.  

My great x3 grandparents 3rd son Alfred Henry Coleman was born Oct 1857 at 1 Coleman's Cottages, Summerhill Rd, South Tottenham which is number 17 Summerhill Road.

 
   
SUMMERHLL ROAD 1914 ( Coleman Cottages located front left)                                                                                 Colemans Cottages pictured 2015
 
 
 
MAP OF TOTTENHAM 1864 - SUMMERHILL ROAD - COLEMANS COTTAGES ANNOTATED

 

For twenty years about 1879 -1899 he ran the The Fountain pub, West Green Road - He later owned this pub.  From 1901 he lived at 24 Grove Park Road, Tottenham for the rest of his life‘
He played cricket for Tottenham cricket club and was Treasurer (1901-1904). Not sure how much cricket he was able to play before his 1899 retirement from running the pub.
Tottenham CC ceased to exist in 1907 when it lost it’s ground after 35 years for housing development. (Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald 16/6/1909).
                                         

 

SIGNIFICANT MILESTONES IN THE CAREER OF ALFRED H COLEMAN
  • Season 1908/9 AH Coleman looked after the Spurs reserves who finished eleventh in the South Eastern League ( Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald 7/5/1909). The newspaper article said that he had been well known in the district for his interest in sport for many years having at one time been an officer of the Tottenham Cricket Club. He was thus able to render much acceptable help to the directors. 
  • 1909 appointed Spurs Assistant Secretary. (Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald 17/9/1909). ‘Mr. AH Coleman who has been engaged at the Spurs office for some time has now been appointed as assistant secretary by the Directors. He is well known among lovers of sport in Tottenham having been for many years actively connected with the old Tottenham Cricket Club’.
  • The secretary AW Turner had been appointed in 1906-7 when the role of secretary was separated from that of manager. He had been previously at Rotherham Town FC and (A romance of football The history of the Tottenham Hotspur FC reprinted from the Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald)
  • 1909 – after a couple of seasons we are to have a FA Cup at Tottenham and one that will stir all London. The last time Spurs name came first out of the hat was on the occasion of the draw for the first round in 1906-7. The news that Fulham are coming on February 6th has caused great excitement (Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald 22/1/1909). The Directors decided on Monday night to raise prices of admission to one shilling. Mr. Turner the secretary and Mr. Coleman his assistant had nearly all their time taken up since Monday afternoon in opening letters and answering the phone so great has been the demand for reserved seats.
  • AH Coleman appears in the Spurs squad photos 1911-2 (back row far right) and 1912-3 (back row far left).


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1911-12 SQUAD

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1912-13 SQUAD

 

  • Alfred H Coleman, the Spurs assistant secretary and old Tottenham cricketer, was largely responsible for the arrangement in connection with Spurs v Chelsea cricket match at Edmonton CC at Hyde Side (Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald 13/8/1913).
  • Alfred Henry Coleman’s son Frederick Charles Coleman T/261556 a driver in the Army Services Corp 664th Company (Park Royal) died 22/2/1917 in the UK aged 35 during the First World War (UK Register of Soldier Effects) he is buried in Tottenham Cemetery. Son of Alfred Henry and Elizabeth Coleman, of 24, Grove Park Rd., South Tottenham. (https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/387031/).
  • 1921 – when Spurs had their Second FA Cup triumph beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. ‘Amongst those waited inside the gates was Mr. AH Coleman the assistant secretary who by the way formed one of the crowd who welcomed home the Spurs team which brought the cup back front Bolton in 1901’. (Leeds Mercury 25/4/1921).

 

  • At a sports auction An official large Tottenham Hotspur cheque 23/12/1925 with a scene from White Hart Lane at the top and the club crest on the left, paid £50 to AH Coleman. Signed by 2 Directors and the Secretary and by Coleman on the reverse. Two punched holes and minor tear. Generally good. This sold for £30. 
  •                Photograph courtesy of Tottenham Hotspur FC                                                                                              
  • He died February 1927 –‘the death is announced of Mr. Alfred Coleman who had been an official of Tottenham Hotspur for upwards of 20 years. He was assistant secretary for a long time until last summer when ill health caused him to retire’ (Sheffield Daily Telegraph 22/2/1927).
  • Alfred (Alf) Coleman was ever fond of a joke and his familiar figure will be long remembered by shareholders. (Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald 25/2/1927).

 

Pictured below is an extract from the 1911 UK Census. Alfred Henry Coleman is shown as living at 24 Grove Park Road Tottenham age 52 years.
You will note that his occupation has been annotated with the words 'Asst. Secretary to Football Club'

Article written by Richard Derrick -Great,Great Grandson of Alfred Henry Coleman

We acknowledge the help of the historians at Tottenham Hotspur F.C who have supplied some of the photographs.

Webpage prepared by Alan Swain - September 2022