|Full name||Edric Thornton Bates|
|Date of birth||May 3, 1918|
|Place of birth||Thetford, England|
|Date of death||November 28, 2003 (aged 85)|
|Place of death||Southampton, England|
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Edric Thornton (Ted) Bates MBE , born Thetford, 3 May 1918 and died 28 November 2003, was a former Southampton F.C. player, manager, director and president which earned him the sobriquet Mr. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British Order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. Thetford is a Market town and Civil parish in the Breckland area of Norfolk, England. Events 1491 - Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga is baptised by Portuguese missionaries adopting the baptismal name of João Year 1918 ( MCMXVIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common For the town in Argentina, see 28 de Noviembre. Events Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. Southampton Football Club is a professional English football team, nicknamed The Saints and based in the city of Southampton. Southampton.
Bates joined Saints on his 19th birthday in 1937, transferring from Norwich City. PLEASE NOTE This section is the introduction Please do not add too much detail here He soon forced his way into the first team as a centre forward. His career was interrupted by the Second World War, during which league football was suspended in England. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including He initially joined the War Reserve police force, spending his time on guard duty at the Shell-Mex oil depot at Hamble or the Pirelli-General cable works at Woolston. Hamble-le-Rice is a Village in the Borough of Eastleigh in Hampshire, UK. Woolston is a district of Southampton, England, located on the eastern shore of the River Itchen. In the early part of the war, Bates still managed regular appearances for Saints in the wartime cups and leagues.
On 8 June 1940, Bates married Mary Smith at St. Events 68 - The Roman Senate accepts emperor Galba. 536 - St Silverius becomes Pope (probable Year 1940 ( MCMXL) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. James's Church in Shirley, and that evening watched Saints play Charlton Athletic at The Dell. Shirley is a district on the Western side of Southampton, England. Charlton Athletic Football Club (also known as The Addicks) is a professional football club based in Charlton, in the London Borough of The Dell in Milton Road Southampton, England was the home ground of Southampton Football Club between 1898 and 2001 Shortly afterwards the Bates' home was bombed and they moved to West Wellow, where Mary found work with the NAAFI. Wellow is a village in Hampshire, England that falls within the Test Valley district The Navy Army and Air Force Institutes ( NAAFI) (ˈnæfiː is an organisation created by the British government in 1921 to run recreational establishments needed Bates resigned from the War Reserve and went to work at the Folland Aircraft factory at Hamble, who also had a very good works football team which, as well as Bates, included other professional players such as Bill Dodgin (Southampton), Harold Pond (Carlisle United), Bert Tann (Charlton), Dick Foss (Chelsea), Bill Bushby, Cliff Parker and Bill Rochford (all Portsmouth). Folland Aircraft was a British aircraft manufacturing company William "Bill" Dodgin ( April 17, 1909 – 16 October 1999) was an English football player Carlisle United FC are an English football team based in Carlisle, Cumbria, play in the Football League One this season after gaining Bert Tann ( 1914-05-04 – 1972-05-12) was a professional football manager who managed Bristol Rovers for 18 years from 1950 to 1968 Cliff Parker was a member of the Portsmouth FC team that beat Wolverhampton Wanderers F William (Bill Rochford (born New House, County Durham, England 23 May 1913, died 9 March 1984) was a member Portsmouth Football Club is an English football club based in the south coast city of Portsmouth. Most of these players also guested for Saints in the War leagues.
Bates' finest playing days came between 1947 and 1951 when he formed a great partnership with Charlie Wayman. Charles Wayman ( 16 May 1922 - 26 February 2006) was an English footballer Wayman who was born in Chilton, was a prolific
After some declining performances on the pitch, Bates made his last first team appearance on 20 December 1952 at home to West Ham United. Events 69 - Vespasian, formerly a general under Nero, enters Rome to claim the title of Emperor. Year 1952 ( MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. } West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in Upton Park, London Borough of Newham, East London, who have played During his career he made 216 appearances, scoring 64 times.
After retiring from playing he became a coach at Southampton in May 1953. He was soon offered the manager's job, taking over from George Roughton in 1955. William George Roughton (born Manchester 11 May 1909, died Southampton 7 June 1989) was a professional footballer who He was set the task of getting Saints out of the (then regional) Third Division South and into the national Second Division. The Football League Third Division South was a level of English professional football which ran in parallel to Third Division North from 1921 to 1958 From 1892 until 1992 the Football League Second Division was the second highest division overall in English football. He achieved this in 1959 when Saints finished as Champions with Derek Reeves hitting an amazing 39 league goals (still a record). Derek Reeves is a former footballer who has played for Southampton F
After a few years in the 2nd Division, Saints were promoted to the First Division in 1966. The Football League First Division was the highest division of The Football League between 1993 and 2004 and the highest division of English football overall between Almost 15,000 Saints fans packed out Leyton Orient's ground as Terry Paine headed the goal that meant top flight football. Leyton Orient FC are an English Professional football team from east London currently playing in League One of the Football League Terence Lionel Paine MBE (born 23 March 1939 in Winchester) was an English footballer Saints consolidated their place in the first division with young talent like Mick Channon and Ron Davies. Michael Roger 'Mick' Channon (born 28 November 1948 in Orcheston, Wiltshire, United Kingdom) is a sportsman who enjoyed a career Ronald (Ron Tudor Davies (born 25 May 1942 was a football centre-forward who played most of his career for Southampton in the English League Division 1 and also for In this period Saints qualified for European football twice - in 1969 and 1971.
Bates decided to step down as manager in December 1973 and was replaced by Lawrie McMenemy. Lawrie McMenemy MBE (born Gateshead, 28 July 1936) is a retired football coach best known for his spell as manager of Southampton Bates acted as McMenemy's assistant for the next few years, which included the highlight of Southampton's history - an FA Cup win in 1976. The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, is a knockout cup competition in English football, run by and named after Bates was the first person to congratulate McMenemy and the players as the final whistle was blown at Wembley. original Wembley Stadium was a football Stadium in Wembley, a suburb of north-west London, standing on the site now occupied by the
Bates then joined Saints board, where he would serve as a director for another 20 years before being appointed the club's president. He was honoured with the MBE in 1998 for services to football and received the freedom of the city of Southampton in the same year. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British Order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. Southampton ( IPA /ˌsaʊθˈhæmptən/ is the largest city in the county of Hampshire, on the south coast of England
Bates was widely regarded as a local hero for his dedication to the club over a period of 66 years, and his death in November 2003 was widely commemorated by the club and supporters' community.
The first game after his death was the home match against Portsmouth F.C. in the League Cup and was the first derby between the two local rivals since an FA Cup match at The Dell in 1996. Portsmouth Football Club is an English football club based in the south coast city of Portsmouth. A minute's silence in Bates' memory barely lasted 30 seconds after jeers and boos from fans in the away end. Those who booed and jeered were widely criticised by the media and by fellow Portsmouth fans. 
A statue of Saints' greatest ever servant was unveiled outside the main entrance to St Mary's Stadium on 17 March 2007. St Mary's Stadium is the home of Southampton FC in the city of Southampton. Events 45 BC - In his last victory Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The statue cost approximately £112,000 half of which was raised by fans via the Ted Bates Trust and the other half met by Southampton Football Club. 
The statue was widely criticised by supporters just hours after its uncovering, for not being in proportion or even resembling Ted Bates, so the club pledged to organise a replacement.  The replacement statue was unveiled on Saturday 22 March 2008. Events 238 - Gordian I and his son Gordian II are proclaimed Roman emperor.