White Hart Lane Heroes

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Dom Le Roy

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.

Dave Mackay

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 Sheringham

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.

Glenn Hoddle

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.

Jimmy Greaves

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.

Danny Blanchflower

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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    • You're showing your age Jay, or rather 'lack of it' :o)
      That's not a criticism, but merely noting that your perspective runs basically from the 1980s. How can you be expected to evaluate the qualities of players you've never seen (though as a Spurs supporter, surely heard of)?
      You might be tempted to accuse older fans like myself of nostalgia, but I can assure you that the team of the early 1960s was one of the best in the world and could probably have achieved even more than they did if not for that typical Spurs 'bad luck' (Mackay's broken legs – which in those days usually terminated careers! – and the John White tragedy). And bear in mind that we're talking about a time when Santos had their best ever – world beating – team; Real Madrid probably had their strongest team ever (despite some very good galacticos in more recent years); Benfica had the legendary Eusebio leading a star-studded side – it was a time when football was at its peak!
      Without wishing to diminish Teddy in any way, as he is a very worthy Spurs legend, as are all Jay's suggestions, I would give his spot to John White, in respect to what he achieved and what he might have gone on to achieve if he hadn't been tragically and so precipitately struck down in his prime!.

  1. No Ronnie Burgess who Bill Nicholson rated as the best of the best!Alan Gilzean should be ahead of Teddy and the welsh wizard Cliff Jones would be ahead of Bale in my book.If only Tim Sherwood could add Dave Mackay to his squad then the Champions League would beckon.

    • Dave is, of course, irreplaceable, but I think Sandro can become our modern-day Dave Mackay, if TS can look beyond his prejudice against DMs and see the valuable job he does in front of the defence, while also having the ability to build an attack or even put away a spectacular goal.


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