Ives, Ben


Tottenham, London 1887



Biographical Text

Ben Ives born in Hackney, signing from Barrow and leaving to join Queens Park Rangers, played in the Southern League for Exeter City during 1912/13.

After leaving school, Ben played for Page Green Old Boys North London before signing professional forms for Tottenham Hotspur where he played 59 times for the reserves in the South Eastern League in the space of two years. He then moved north to sign for Barrow in the Lancashire Combination where he was briefly a team mate of former Exeter City player James ‘Daisy’ Bell. 

Signing for Exeter City in the summer of 1912 and described as “very speedy, and with his clever control of the ball is a difficult man to tackle”, Ben made his debut in the Southern League fixture at West Ham United in August of that year. lthough he had a good goalscoring record for the Grecians, he was on the move again after just 12 months and signed for Queens Park Rangers for a fee of £300.

After the Great War Ben had a spell with Clapton Orient before ending his career with Ton Pentre and was to die
in Kent on 14 April 1962 aged 73.







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