“The King of White Hart Lane” passes away. RIP Gilly

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur icon Alan Gilzean, known as ‘The King of White Hart Lane’, passed away on Sunday aged 79.

Our former striker had in recent weeks been suffering from a brain tumour.

“The King” spent the early years of his decades-long career playing in Scotland with Dundee before moving to England. 

He made over 300 league appearances for Spurs where he won the 1967 FA Cup with the Uefa Cup in 1972 and two League Cups. In total, Gilzean made 433 appearances for Spurs, scoring 133 goals.

Former team-mate and fellow striker Jimmy Greaves paid tribute to Gilzean via his media team saying via Twitter :”Heartbreaking news today,The great Alan Gilzean passed away this morning.

A statement from Spurs read: “Everyone at the club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our legendary former striker Alan Gilzean.

Gilzean also made 22 appearances for Scotland, scoring 12 goals. He was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

All at Spurs-Web would like to pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Gilly. A true gent and a true legend of Tottenham Hotspur. Rest in Peace

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  1. Truly a great player, many happy memories of his heading ability and partnership with Greavsie.
    Shed a little tear at his passing and the knowledge that one more member of that great Spurs team has passed. Thanks for everything Gilly. Love you mate.

  2. One of my favourite all-time players at Tottenham; on my eighteenth birthday on the fifth of December 1970 I watched Spurs and Manchester United play out a fantastic 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane and Gilly scored a marvellous equaliser with a glancing header from an amazing left wing cross from Cyril Knowles in front of 55,000 fans. He was the best header of a ball I’ve ever seen. Wonderful player and Spurs legend.


  3. One of my favourit players when I watched premier League every Saturday on Danish TV. Thanks for all the memories. RIP.

  4. Gilly & Greavsie

    Gilly & Greavsie, two of my heroes.
    Not zeros, maybe Neros’: emperors,
    Kings’ Of The Lane, never the like,
    to be seen again, on the hallowed ground
    at White Hart Lane.
    Gilly has gone, to the great football firmament,
    high up in heaven, where many times, he and
    Greavsie sent us.
    Gilly will be long-lamented. He and Greavsie,
    cemented. A partnership, like no others.
    Brothers. Telepathic. Empathic, Emphatic.
    Whole-hearted, for the team, for the game.
    For the fame? Not really. Gilly wanted to play for us.
    He had other offers. Wasn’t thinking of coffers.
    Wanted to play for Bill Nicholson; that was a plus.
    64-74. A decade of wonder. Thunder. Gilly scored,
    over a hundred, in all. Had us all, held in thrall!
    He was of my time. I loved him, as I love the club.
    79 out. That’s not what life’s about.
    What did you give? How did you serve? He gave
    everything, he served us all. Put on, many a show.
    ‘Tis a great pity, he had to go: like we all have to.
    So, I salute him. Thank you, from the bottom of
    my Hart. You were a dream. A player, for my team.

    RIP, Alan John Gilzean 1938-2018


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