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Legends

Through the years Tottenham have been fortunate in having some special players, managers/coaches and others who have given their all to the Tottenham cause. This page is dedicated to those people deserving of recognition.

Everybody has their own special favourites and different ideas on persons worthy of mention, opinions differ and we would like readers to suggest who might be added and the reasons why.

We shall start with Mr Tottenham, Bill Nicholson.

_40448005_road_name300200 Nothing else really needs be said as the road leading to the main entrance is named after the man who either played for or managed the club from 1938 until 1974, thereafter he became a consultant before being appointed Club President in 1991. Bill Nick hailed from Yorkshire but he will forever be associated with Tottenham as he led them to the first League and FA  Cup double of the century and the first European trophy won by an English club.

Bill Nicholson said, ‘It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory.’ it was listed as the 4th greatest managerial quote in the Daily Mail’s List of the ‘Top 50 Managerial Quotes’

With Tottenham becoming such a difficult team to beat this season and having so many players seemingly up for the fight this legend is probably the epitome of  such a player:-

dave-mackay-grabs-billy-bremner-of-leeds-by-his-shirt-in-match-against-tottenhamOf course it could only be Dave Mackay. during his time at Tottenham he won the League title , 3 FA Cups and the UEFA Cup. George Best described Mackay as the hardest man he ever played against and certainly the bravest.

Next up is one of our longest serving and most popular captains, another who came up through the ranks and who managed to lift trophies in his time as captain.

perryman_display_imageSteve Perryman(MBE) with a club record 854 first team appearances for Tottenham between 1969 and 1986, briefly a caretaker manager in 1993/94. Winner of 2 FA Cups, 2League Cups and 2 UEFA Cups with Tottenham. Football Writers Player of the Year 1982. Surprisingly he won just a single England cap during his career.

Who will be/should be next?

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  1. Michael Boyd says:

    For me – it will always be Jimmy Greaves. My very first Spurs game as a kid was with my dad taking me on a coach trip to Newcastle. I was 9 years old. St James Park was sold out and the atmosphere was pulsating and electric. We won 2-0 with Greaves scoring both – with one from the half way line, where his speed easily glided passed everyone, including the keeper. I didn’t realize it then, but that was the moment that addicted me to Spurs and has made me a lifetime fan.
    I have seen many Spurs greats over the years, such as Hoddle, Ardiles, Klinsman, Lineker and now Bale, to name but a few, but Jimmy Greaves will always remain my number one hero…

    • Tony says:

      Great player and a legend along with the other g-man gilly Gilzean, my first game was just the second half in the European Champions cup proper, semi final second leg against Benfica and as you say what an atmosphere.Semi at Arsenal in 81 was also special as was the Wembley replay. In all that time the best for me was Hoddle but there have been many close seconds.

      • Michael Boyd says:

        I hate to contradict myself, but have to agree with you on Hoddle. My nostalgia and loyalty is with Greavesy, but my reality is with Hoddle. He was absolutely breath taking and I rarely saw him have a bad game. I was fortunate enough to see him score that fantastic volley against Man U in our 3-1 League Cup win. Then another gem against Forest in a 1-0 win in front of 49,000 at whl and an amazing hat trick against the Canaries in a 3-2 win – with the Fash scoring their two goals.
        So, being a true, fickle Spurs fan…I’d like to change my choice to Hoddle…

        • Tony says:

          I was there for the Forest and United goals, breathtaking. Another special moment for me was the day Chivers finally announced himself to Spurs fans and that goal against Gordon Banks Oct 70 until then he had been considered a waste of money, that goal changed everything. the first game at forest for Ossie and Villa and the ticker tape welcome. great times.



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