Ralph Morris, who currently resides at Surrey-based Brownscombe House, was the regular first-team right back for Dulwich Hamlet F.C. from the end of the 1949/50 season until 1953/54, when a knee injury prematurely ended his playing career just as he was being tipped to play for England amateurs.
The club also holds a huge amount of sentimental value for Ralph as his partner in the Dulwich defence, left back Reverend Ronald Cowley, conducted the ceremony at his wedding to wife Evelyn in March 1953.
Ever since the rather abrupt end to his sporting career, Ralph has longed to step back on the pitch where he scored two goals – once famously from the halfway line! – and now, his wish is set to come true.
Speaking to Brownscombe House staff at his 91st birthday party in August, Ralph revealed: “The one thing still on my bucket list is to return to Dulwich Hamlet F.C. I have so many fond memories of my time playing there and just wish it could have continued for longer. To go back, meet the current team and watch a game with my family would be such a special experience for me.”
Hearing this wish, staff at the care home set about turning Ralph’s dream into a reality and are delighted to announce that he will be making his exciting return to Dulwich Hamlet F.C. on Saturday, 19th October 2019, when he will be welcomed as the team’s Mascot for the day.
During his visit, Ralph will enjoy a meet and greet moment with the team before leading them out onto the pitch ahead of the day’s match. Other special moments will include a tannoy announcement in his honour, and the presentation of a new home shirt to Ralph, which will have his original number – number 2 – on it.
Rina Zhao, Home Manager of Brownscombe House, which is operated by CHD Living, said: “We are so happy that we have been able to arrange for Ralph to revisit Dulwich Hamlet in October. He speaks so fondly of his time playing for the club and it’s clear just how much of a special place it holds in his heart. We can’t wait to see his face on the day!”
Clare Keeble of Dulwich Hamlet F.C. said: “Ralph is a wonderful man and we are absolutely delighted to welcome him back at the club for what will be a really special occasion. We can’t wait to see him back where he belongs, on the pitch, 65 years after he last played for us.”
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