Tottenham legend Gary Mabbutt has opened up on his experience of surprising Spurs fans with phone calls during special occasions over the last couple of years.
Mabbutt spent 16 years at Tottenham and made nearly 500 appearances for the club before hanging up his boots in 1998.
The former central defender has been a club ambassador since retiring from the game and still very much bleeds Lilywhite.
Mabbutt, who lifted the UEFA Cup in 1984 and the FA Cup in 1991, has taken an active role in helping Spurs fans deal with the mental challenges of lockdown since Covid first hit.
The former Tottenham captain surprises elderly Spurs fans by calling them during special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, and he revealed that he has continued the practice because he finds it to be fulfilling.
Mabbutt divulged that he has made over 6,500 calls in total and that some fans do not believe it is really him on the phone.
He told The Daily Mail: “I started to call elderly Spurs fans for their birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions. It was meant to be for a month but two-and-a-half years later, I haven’t missed a day. I even made 12 calls on the day I was in Istanbul.
“I’ve done more than 6,500 calls in total. I’ve spoken to a lady of 106 who has been a Spurs fan for a hundred years. Some of them put the phone down because they think it’s a spam call!
“People ask me if I get bored, but what is so great is that each person has their own first game, favourite player, best memory, to talk about.”
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Mabbutt is a true gentleman and the service he is doing, by raising the spirit of older fans, is commendable. It is also great to see that the 61-year-old’s love for the mighty Lilywhites has not been diminished one bit since his playing days.
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