Report: Tottenham fans make nice gesture by sprucing up club legend’s gravestone

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According to BBC Sport, a group of Spurs fans have cleaned up the gravestone of club legend, Danny Blanchflower which had been left badly weathered.

Blanchflower is regarded as one of the greatest Tottenham players of all time, having enjoyed an extremely successful ten-year spell at the club after joining in 1954.

The Northern Irishman, who went on to make over 300 appearances for the Lilywhites, was an important part of Bill Nicholson’s legendary double team in 1961.

Apart from winning multiple league titles and FA Cups, Blanchflower also got his hands on the League and European Cup Winners’ Cup.

BBC Sport revealed that a group of Spurs fans in their 60s and 70s decided to take action upon hearing about the condition of the Spurs legend’s gravestone at St Jude’s cemetery in Englefield Green.

In what was the first time that the group of friends had met up since lockdown, they decided to make their way to the cemetery, clean it, and lay flowers and a Tottenham scarf as a thank you to the much-loved former Spurs captain.

Mike Collett, a life-long Spurs fan who was part of the effort to spruce up Blanchflower’s gravestone said: “You could barely read the inscription on the headstone to know it was his. We shared stories, we talked about football, a lot about football and we paid our respects to arguably Tottenham’s greatest ever captain.”

Reacting to the touching gesture by the group of fans, Danny Blanchflower’s only son, Richard said: “My dad passed away many years ago and it is just lovely to see people still remembering him so fondly. My dad had a great sense of humour and he would’ve loved this.”

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This story makes me proud to be a Spurs fan. We are a club who do not forget those who have worn the Spurs shirt with pride and given everything for the team. While Blanchflower deserves to be remembered as a legend in the game for what he has won, Tottenham fans who watched him play tend to remember him as someone who always put the team above himself.

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