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Tottenham Hotspur is, like any football club a tribe.
And so what defines one tribe from another? There are countless things to be factored in a Spurs. Many would argue a style of play that transcends – or so we’d like to believe – generations.
Certainly one thing Tottenham has had is it’s far share of characters over the years and for me one of the characteristics of Spurs has been the personalities involved.
This then is the beginning of an occasional series which may prove to in equal measure delight and annoy as we are reminded how certain individuals really were, all these years on.
Please, this list is far from exhaustive so do feel free to add your own contributions…
“Darren Anderton has had so many x-rays that he got radiation sickness.” Sir Alan Sugar.
“I never heard a minute’s silence like that.” Glenn Hoddle.
“The day I got married, Teddy Sheringham asked for a transfer. I spent my honeymoon in a hotel room with a fax machine trying to sign a replacement.” Gerry Francis, 1997.
“The most important thing is to get Rangers into the Premiership.” Paul Gascoigne.
“We threw caution to the wind and came back from the dead. Well, it is Easter Monday.” Glenn Hoddle.
Even now, when I go over to my mother’S house and dig out the old tracksuit tops I wore, it makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I like to think i am part of a special family. I am no longer connected with the club on a daily basis, but i’m delighted with every win and sad about every defeat.” Steve Perryman 2001.
“Our central defnders, Doherty and Anthony Gardner, were fantastic and I told them that when they go to bed tonight they should think of each other.” David Pleat.
“I have always had the deepest respect for Bill Nicholson as a person and as a manager. The Spurs boss is an honest Yorkshireman and you will go a long way before finding a straighter character than that. Bill has never wavered in his determination to give White Hart Lane fans the best.” Bill Shankly.
Interviewer: “Which do you prefer, Rangers or Celtic?”
Alfie Conn: ” Spurs. “
‘It’s Only A Game’, tv show, 1986. Conn played for all 3 clubs.
“The man we want has to fit a certain profile. Is he a top coach? Would the players respect him? Is he a nutcase?” David Pleat
“75% of what happens to Paul Gascoigne in his life is fiction” Glenn Hoddle.
“I’m enjoying every day. I’ve tried everything: duck’s head, chicken’s head, chicken’s feet and bats and hopefully, if I keep that up, I’ll be flying.” Paul Gascoigne.
“It’s magnificent to be in Europe, and this club – a club like Tottenham Hotspur – if we’re not in Europe…. we’re nothing. We’re nothing.” Bill Nicholson
“I’ve had so many cards it feels like Christmas.” Edgar Davids on his flurry of Yellows, 2005.
Journalist: ‘Have you received any death threats?’ Harry Redknapp: ‘Only from the wife when I didn’t do the washing up!’
‘After shooting practice yesterday, I had to drive up the M27 and collect four balls.’ Harry Redknapp.
“Bill eventually became Mr Tottenham Hotspur, and produced such a dazzling team at White Hart Lane that they won the double and played the game in a way that was an object lesson to everybody.” Brian Clough
“A game is not won until it is lost.” David Pleat
“He never let us forget that we were out there to entertain the public.” Dave Mackay
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