There have been plenty of players that have passed through the changing rooms of White Hart Lane, leaving their mark on the club, and finding a firm place in all our hearts. Most recently of course was Gareth Bale. He also left us £80 million better off.
But whilst Bale is the latest in a long line that includes, King, Klinsmann, Ardiles, and Gascoigne to name a few, we cannot look beyond these players who have sent us back down Bill Nicholson Way, with huge smiles on our faces.
Here are my top five Spurs legends.
Part of the 1961 double-winning side, Dave Mackay was a tough, dominating midfielder with a footballing brain like no other. He played 318 times for Spurs scoring 51 goals over his nine years at the club picking up three FA Cup medals, a league title and a UEFA Cup Winners Cup.
Brain Clough said in 2003, Mackay was Tottenham’s greatest ever player. And, well, we can’t argue with Old Big ‘Ead.
Teddy had two successful spells at Spurs between winning the treble at Manchester United. He was the Premier League’s top scorer in his first season at the club and partnered Jurgen Klinsmann during his infamous stint at the club.
Not only is Sheringham deadly in goal, but he is also at the poker table. The striker has won over $300,000 in prize money since retiring, including a 5th placed finish at the PokerStars European Poker Tour in Vilamoura.
And it was no gamble for Glenn Hoddle to bring Sheringham back to White Hart Lane in 2001. Hoddle took the club to the League Cup final in the same season, but his legendary status comes from his 13 years as a player winning the FA Cup twice and the UEFA Cup.
He scored 110 goals for the Lilywhites, and is perhaps the greatest player ever to come out of the youth team set up. Rumoured to return to the club just a few months ago, Hoddle is still very much a Spurs man and he could end up bounding the touchlines of the Lane again at some point.
Greavsie is not only one of Tottenham’s greatest ever, but also England’s. He scored 266 goals during his time at Spurs scoring a staggering 266 in just 379 appearances. He was a key player for the club throughout his career there, scoring nine in the 1962 FA Cup run and two in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final.
He sadly missed out on the 1966 World Cup final after suffering a shin injury, but will forever go down as an all-time great.
Blanchflower was another from Bill Nicholson’s successful 60’s side, captaining them during the double-winning season. His leadership, footballing nouse and reading of the game has lifted him to almost God-like status at the Lane.
He spent ten years as a player at Spurs, including like Jermain Defoe, a short spell in Toronto, before moving into coaching where he was Nicholson’s right hand man until the manager left the club, along with Blanchflower.
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