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Daily Mail lists 20 greatest Spurs players


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Aug 20, 2003
Surprised Ray Clemence isn’t on there, loved him as a keeper and he inspired me to play in goal and get the yellow 1981 England keeper shirt. Not that that should be a reason for him to be on the list of course but he was quality!
I didn’t realise Sir Alf Ramsey played for us, he was almost a one club man as well, surprised the club doesn’t make more of that. Amazing how many ex players we’ve had who have gone on to have decent managerial careers as well.
This makes for interesting reading: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tottenham_Hotspur_F.C._players


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Aug 5, 2013
Agreed. I doubt that the writer of this list is over 35, so he didn't see much football before the early 1990s. He also doesn't know much about our club, and couldn't be bothered to do much research, either. For example, Pat Jennings joined us in June 1964, not 1963 (he moved from Newry Town to Watford in May 1963), and re-joined us in the summer of 1985, eight (not seven) years after joining that lot down the road. When you see these preventable errors, you assume there are others there. You also have to wonder about certain players missing the cut for this list. Has the writer simply not heard of them? It's possible. This just seems like lazy clickbait journalism to me, something that's all too common these days, and not just in sports writing.

A few years ago, The Times published a 'Spurs Top 50 Players' list, and it was far more objective and seemed to be well researched, so it had far more credibility. I had that list on a disc, but it got corrupted, so I lost the stuff on it. If I still had that list, I'd post it here.

50 Sol Campbell

1992-2001, 315 appearances, 15 goals

Yes, it was the biggest act of treachery perpetrated on the club when this **insert own expletive here** turned to the dark side after stalling on a contract offer and he’s been demoted accordingly, but Campbell was also a mighty fine defender. Never has a player inspired such confidence in one-on-one situations, whether shepherding out the ball as a forward bounced off him or in a race for possession, while his strength and dominant heading carried Spurs through many games. The centre back captained the club to the Worthington Cup triumph in 1999 but we’ll move on, there are real heroes to address . . .

49 Clive Allen

1984-88, 135 appearances, 84 goals

Try word association with Spurs fans and chances are that when you say “Clive Allen” the response will be “49”. The number of goals the striker scored in 1986-87 marks him out with Tottenham even though he dropped into more London clubs than Ashley Cole on a night out. However, it was only right that Spurs were one of his seven teams in the capital given that his father, Les, played at White Hart Lane. We’d love to say Clive was more than a penalty-box player, but he wasn’t, and the 1987 PFA and FWA awards showed there isn’t anything wrong in that.

48 Sandy Brown

1900-02, 57 appearances, 45 goals

An indulgent pick given the centre forward’s limited time at the club, but the Scot’s record feats echo through the ages: 15 goals in the run to the FA Cup triumph in 1901 as he scored in every round, including three past the 20st goalkeeping mass that was Bill “Fatty” Foulke in the final against Sheffield United and its replay. Brown could finish with either foot and took a physical approach to playing up front. He would have won international honours at Spurs but the game against England at Ibrox in 1902 was declared void because of the stand collapse that killed 25 people.

47 Graham Roberts

1980-86, 287 appearances, 35 goals

The hard tackler wouldn’t just put an opposition player in the stands, he’d send him to a seat with a bird’s-eye view. Roberts, whose challenge gave Charlie Nicholas the chance to shake hands with the crowd at Highbury in 1986, was a perfect complement to Spurs’ artists. A first Wembley final came 13 months after he had been working as a fitter in a shipyard and eight years on from his appearance at the stadium as a ballboy. It would be wrong to downplay Roberts’s skill, which enabled him to shine in midfield, but it was his central-defensive displays in an axis of brutality with Paul Miller that made him a cult hero. Those who would champion Richard Gough’s claims for this spot can feel free to take up the issue with Mr Roberts - he’ll see you outside.

46 Tommy Harmer

1948-60, 222 appearances, 51 goals

“Harmer the Charmer” was blessed with extraordinary skills and damned by appalling timing, having played his first Spurs game in the season after the 1950-51 title triumph and his last in the campaign before they won the Double. Arthur Rowe delayed Harmer’s first-team debut because he was less “push and run”, more “hold and dribble” but the 5ft 6in crowd favourite forced his way in, despite the failure of special diets and training to bulk him up, and famously “scored one goal and set up nine” in the 10-4 victory against Everton in 1958.

45 Terry Dyson

1954-65, 209 appearances, 55 goals

The left winger fought Terry Medwin for a first-team place but played and excelled when it mattered most. The jockey’s son missed only two games in all competitions as Spurs won the Double in 1960-61, making light of his 5ft 3in stature to score a header in the FA Cup Final , but had his finest 90 minutes in the 1963 Cup Winners’ Cup Final . Spurs tore into Atletico Madrid in Rotterdam and won 5-1, with Dyson scoring twice.

44 Terry Medwin

1956-65, 215 appearances, 72 goals

There are “fifth Beatles” in any great side but at least the winger reclaimed the starting place that he lost in the Double season to Terry Dyson and played in the victorious 1962 FA Cup Final against Burnley. Medwin, who competed in enough games to secure a league championship medal in 1960-61, and Tony Marchi, also on the fringes that campaign, would have graced most teams and the former held sway until 1960. A broken leg suffered on a club tour to South Africa in 1963 ended a career that finished on 30 Wales caps.

43 Eddie Baily

1946-56, 325 appearances, 69 goals

Regardless of a less-than-flattering portrayal in Hunter Davies’s The Glory Game, Baily was a fine servant to the club as an inside left and assistant to Bill Nicholson for a decade from 1963. The “Cheeky Chappie” won nine England caps and was a highly skilled conduit between defence and attack. Indeed, Arthur Rowe, under whom Spurs won the first division in 1950-51, said: “Baily’s advantage is the natural way he plays the game as we try to teach it at Tottenham.” That the cockney was valued by the managers of Spurs’ two championship-winning sides is testimony enough.

42 Darren Anderton

1992-2004, 358 appearances, 48 goals

One of the few men to have donated his body to medical science while still alive. “Sicknote” won 30 England caps while changing from a quick winger with a fine cross, as shown in the final goal against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough in 1994, to a ball-winning central midfield player with good distribution. The goals at Highbury in 1993, when he carried the ball from the halfway line, and against Leeds United in 1999 showed that Anderton could score as well as create but injuries prevented the true fulfilment of “Shaggy’s” talent.

41 Steve Archibald

1980-84, 189 appearances, 77 goals

Separating Archibald and Garth Crooks feels like breaking up Morecambe and Wise but the Scot had the edge over his straight-man striking partner. Archibald finished an apprenticeship as a Rolls-Royce mechanic before he turned professional and used his football skills to restore some of Spurs’ vintage polish after several barren years. We fans may have sung: “We’ll take more care of you, Archibald”, but it was a reciprocal relationship that yielded two FA Cups and a Uefa Cup before the quick forward moved to Barcelona for £1.25 million.

40 Len Duquemin

1946-58, 307 appearances, 134 goals

Guernsey’s finest export, with the possible exception of its cow-related products. A Spurs fan on the island recommended the centre forward to the club and it proved a sound tip-off. “The Duke” combined a burly physique with relentless hard work as Spurs won promotion in 1949-50 and the first division title the next season. While Duquemin was not the most skilful striker to play for Spurs, he was a perfect fit given that Les Bennett and Eddie Baily could provide creativity as the inside forwards.

39 Bill Nicholson

1938-54, 344 appearances, 6 goals

When the No 4 shirt passed from Nicholson after his last game to Danny Blanchflower in the next, few could have imagined the event’s significance. “Mr Tottenham Hotspur” joined the groundstaff after working as a laundry boy and the right half’s tackling and passing made him a fine fit for the “push and run” side that won the first division in 1950-51. Billy Wright’s presence limited Nicholson to one England cap, in 1951, when he scored against Portugal with his first kick, but greater deeds followed for a man who played and managed by a philosophy laid out when he said: “It’s no use just winning, we’ve got to win well.” A legend who should have been knighted.

38 Les Allen

1959-65, 137 appearances, 61 goals

An uncapped Englishman whose contribution as an ever-present in the Double-winning side is often neglected, even though he scored the title-winning goal against Sheffield Wednesday. Allen linked play superbly until the signings of Jimmy Greaves and Alan Gilzean sent him to Queens Park Rangers but a son, Clive, and nephew, Paul, revived the family name at White Hart Lane in the Eighties. The forward struck five goals in a 13-2 FA Cup victory against Crewe Alexandra in 1960, a game that my father left at half-time because of overcrowding. Given that Spurs were 10-1 up at the interval, I’ll let him off.

37 Ron Henry

1955-69, 287 appearances, 1 goal

Full backs are often overlooked in lists such as these but it would be wrong to omit anyone from a Double-winning side whose success was so dependent on the team-mates’ chemistry. This spot might have been Mel Hopkins’s but Henry ousted the Wales left back, with the help of an injury or two, and became an ever-present in 1960-61. The Shoreditch-born player won one England cap, a 5-1 defeat by France in Alf Ramsey’s first game in charge, and scored his only goal, from 35 yards, against Manchester United in 1965.

36 Peter Baker

1952-65, 342 appearances, 3 goals

Never won an England cap but nearly won the lot with his club. With Danny Blanchflower in front of him, Baker often held the fort as the captain drove attacks, a role the right back performed with such aplomb that he helped Spurs to secure a league title, two FA Cups and the Cup Winners’ Cup . Baker, who joined from Enfield in 1949 and honed his trade as Alf Ramsey’s understudy, missed one game in the Double-winning season. Spurs lost the match after a run of six victories in all competitions . . . QED.

35 Cyril Knowles

1964-76, 506 appearances, 17 goals

Middlesbrough gave the colliery worker a chance in a trial and there was no looking back. Knowles was not cut from typical full-back cloth, with a 6ft frame, a nerveless tendency to dribble the ball away from danger and a cult status that inspired a hit song, Nice One, Cyril. Having started as a winger, Knowles complemented a strong aerial team and his dead-ball ability helped him to score a free kick and penalty in the final-game victory against Leeds United in 1975 that kept Spurs up.

34 Robbie Keane

2002-08, 2009-present, 259 appearances, 109 goals

As a line-leading striker, Keane is probably tricky to play alongside, with his penchant for the unpredictable and dropping deep or wide, but he is certainly harder to play against. The Irishman with a twinkle in his feet has a magnificent first touch - often taking down goalkicks and beating a man in the process - while his second and third aren’t bad, either. A cheeky goal against Birmingham City in 2003 summed up a busy, alert approach that gave rise to a thousand choruses of “We all dream of a team of Robbie Keanes” in The Bricklayers.

33 Bill Brown

1959-66, 262 appearances

Some would argue that the goalkeeper had the cushiest number in football, but it is a tribute to Brown’s quality and concentration that he earned his reputation behind such a dominant side. The Scot played all but one league match of the Double-winning season after joining from Dundee in 1959. A Scotland reserve for 22 games before winning the first of his 24 caps, Brown effectively shared a first-team place with Pat Jennings for two seasons before handing over the gloves for good to his worthy successor in 1966.

32 Gary Mabbutt

1982-98, 611 appearances, 38 goals

Like Danny Blanchflower, Mabbutt’s qualities went beyond the game. Diabetes, a three-month absence through a facial injury caused by John Fashanu’s elbow and a year’s recovery from a broken leg; all obstacles were overcome with dignity and courage by a player whose versatility put Steve Perryman to shame. The 5ft 9in Mabbutt – a capable right back, midfield player and forward – was at his best as a relatively short central defender who retained the scoring touch that helped him to record ten goals in his first Spurs season. A stabilising club servant.

31 Jimmy Seed

1920-27, 254 total appearances, 77 goals

Chipped fourth metatarsal? Not quite; the chief impediment to Seed’s football was rather more serious than the bane of the modern player: a gas attack by German forces in the French trenches. Sunderland released the inside forward amid fears over his ability to recover but Spurs gambled and signed the 24-year-old from Mid-Rhondda. His dribbling and link play was crucial to the fine early Twenties side but he also covered Arthur Grimsdell’s forays forward. Seed was let go after a serious ankle injury but helped Sheffield Wednesday to finish a point above the relegated Spurs in 1927-28. Two first division titles followed as Wednesday captain in the subsequent seasons.

30 David Ginola

1997-2000, 127 appearances, 22 goals

1997 was a dark time for Spurs. Arsenal looked to the Far East the previous year and found Arsene Wenger; Spurs looked now to Seven Sisters and found Christian Gross on platform 2 waving a Tube ticket. Fortunately, Ginola had joined from Newcastle United that summer to alleviate the gathering gloom. The Frenchman’s international career was over but the winger’s skill and balance preserved the Spurs ethos, even if he did go missing from games. Ginola won the PFA and FWA awards in 1999, the year of the Worthington Cup triumph and his mazy run to score away to Barnsley in the FA Cup, and made female supporters and opposition full backs go weak at the knees.

29 Jimmy Dimmock

1919-31, 438 total appearances, 112 goals

A local lad who lived the dream, scoring the only goal in the 1921 FA Cup Final against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the age of 20. Dimmock, Edmonton-born, was everything a modern supporter envisages of a classical winger, a player to take on a full back, get to the byline and send in a good cross. Contemporary fans loved the outside left and the England international helped the club to win promotion from the second division in his first season, 1919-20, before a second-place finish the year after the Cup Final success.

28 Vivian Woodward

1901-09, 50 appearances, 23 goals

Don’t let the statistics or a name that sounds suspiciously like a British fashion designer fool you; this skilful centre forward played more than 100 other first-team games for Spurs, on tour and in friendlies, while keeping up his day job as an architect. Beat that, Wayne Rooney. Woodward led England 13 times and captained Great Britain to victory in two Olympics. Before becoming a wartime captain in the Army, the accomplished dribbler squeezed in 23 internationals and held a record of 29 England goals that stood until 1958. Phew.

27 Steve Perryman

1969-86, 854 appearances, 39 goals

Perryman is usually celebrated as a stalwart who joined from school in 1967 and made more than 1,000 Spurs appearances including friendlies, but how many players possess the ability to earn the chance to show such loyalty? Similarly, how many have skills transferable enough to enable them to play in midfield, as a central defender and at right back, as well as captaining a side for a decade? Perryman’s honours include an England cap, the FWA player of the year award in 1982 and a pair of FA Cups, League Cups and Uefa Cups, but, almost as significantly, he stayed when Spurs were relegated in 1977.

26 Arthur Grimsdell

1912-29, 360 appearances, 27 goals

The name alone conjures images of long shorts and grainy photographs. Grimsdell joined from Watford in 1912 but was unavailable to Spurs during the war after enlisting. The half back soon made up for lost time, winning representative honours for England in the Victory internationals of 1919 and scoring 14 goals to help the club to win promotion in 1919-20. As well as possessing an eye for goal, Grimsdell was strong in the tackle but took almost a year to recover from a knee ligament injury in January 1924 and never regained his full powers after suffering a broken leg in October 1925. One of Spurs’ seven England captains.
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Aug 5, 2013
And 25-1:

25 Ledley King

1998-present, 262 appearances, 12 goals

When a certain despicable individual departed in 2001, it presented the chance to replace a 6ft 2in, East London-born defender with a 6ft 2in East London-born defender – who could pass. Sol Campbell’s strength and aerial ability were superior but his successor is a more complete footballer, period. Indeed, the club’s biggest recent problem has been the fragile state of King’s knees. As the pace diminishes, though, it serves to illustrate what a fine reader of play the captain is and when Spurs walked out for the 2008 Carling Cup final , King’s very presence gave fans the belief that Chelsea could be beaten.

24 Alf Ramsey

1949-55, 250 appearances, 24 goals

One of several Spurs players to have revolutionised the way a position was perceived. The full back was a vital component in the “push and run” side that won the first division in 1950-51, making himself available to throws from the goalkeeper and playing accurate passes instead of launching the ball upfield. Ramsey, an accomplished penalty-taker, played his last England game in the footballing lesson that was the 6-3 defeat by Hungary at Wembley in 1953. Oh, and he turned out to be not a bad manager, either.

23 Alan Gilzean

1964-75, 439 appearances, 133 goals

The man who made heading an art form. Gilzean was a master of bringing players into the game, through aerial flick-ons or subtle touches, but it was his two goals for a Scotland Select XI against Spurs in a memorial match for John White in 1964 that caught the club’s eye. A £72,500 fee prised him from Dundee and Spurs had their replacement for Bobby Smith. Gilzean was an iconic figure at White Hart Lane for a decade as he formed fearsome partnerships with Jimmy Greaves and Martin Chivers.

22 Ray Clemence

1981-88, 330 appearances

The goalkeeper’s success came down to fine margins after his arrival from Liverpool at 33. Restricted to 56 England caps by Peter Shilton’s brilliance, Clemence was ruled out of the 1984 Uefa Cup final through injury, missed two matches in 1986-87 as the club finished third and was defeated by an own goal in that season’s FA Cup Final having lost in the last four of the League Cup. The vocal defensive organiser shipped seven goals in his first two home matches but kept clean sheets in seven of the next eight games in all competitions.

21 Martin Chivers

1968-76, 367 appearances, 174 goals

Even Bill Nicholson was flummoxed, to the extent that he instructed team-mates to rough up the striker in training to bring out an aggressive side. The manager was clearly a believer, of sorts, but had to wait for a return as his side’s focal point was kept out for 11 months by a severed knee ligament suffered in September 1968. Chivers began to repay the faith in 1970-71 with an all-round game that extended to an effective long throw, but the England jury remained out and he earned only 24 caps, scoring 13 goals.

20 Teddy Sheringham

1992-97, 2001-03, 277 appearances, 124 goals

It’s hard to believe that the forward scored all those goals given that he possessed little pace and seemed to spend most of his time bringing other players into the game. Spurs perfected the “Sheringham corner”, a short one that he would meet and hit first-time, before his departure to win the treble with Manchester United in 1999. Management greats such as Brian Clough, Terry Venables and Alex Ferguson were blessed to have an intelligent player in their ranks who won 51 England caps and played a starring role in the 4-1 thrashing of Holland in Euro 96.

19 Alan Mullery

1964-72, 373 appearances, 30 goals

There were plenty of tough tackles faced by English midfield players in the Sixties but Mullery was confronted by the two biggest challenges: replacing Danny Blanchflower in Spurs’ No 4 shirt and taking over the captaincy from Dave Mackay. The tireless worker did not shirk either test and he scored the tie-winning goals against AC Milan and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the last four and final respectively of the 1971-72 Uefa Cup before returning to Fulham.

18 Maurice Norman

1955-67, 411 appearances, 19 goals

The centre back said of his role in the Double-winning side that he “could have sat out there with a chair”, but he would probably still have won most of the headers. Norman allowed his team-mates to excel - whether protecting Bill Brown from crosses or giving Dave Mackay and Danny Blanchflower licence to press forward. Signed as a right back, the imposing England international relished striding upfield and led the way for defenders to be the focus at set-pieces, qualities that inspired Blanchflower to switch Norman to centre forward when needed. A leg broken in five places against a Hungarian Select XI forced his retirement, but only after two years spent trying to return. A fighter to the end.

17 Bobby Smith

1955-64, 317 appearances, 208 goals

An unreconstructed centre forward whose aggressive approach to leading the line earned him 33 goals in 43 games in 1960-61 and helped him to become the club’s second-highest goalscorer. Smith, who scored in the 1961 and 1962 FA Cup Finals, had more to his game than a physical style, though, and he adapted to form a fine partnership with Jimmy Greaves. A record of 13 goals in 15 England matches is also testimony to a master of his art.

16 Mike England

1966-75, 397 appearances, 19 goals

The big Welshman had all the qualities a manager looks for in a centre back as well as several of those more readily associated with forwards. Maurice Norman’s replacement was strong and dominant in the air, but could also play the ball and helped out in Spurs’ forward line on several occasions. England won an FA Cup , Uefa Cup and League Cup (missing out on another through injury), as well as 44 caps.

15 Jurgen Klinsmann

1994-95, 1997-98, 68 appearances, 38 goals

For one halcyon day in the summer of 1994 the world went barmy for Spurs fans. A club mired in mediocrity had signed one of the game’s leading strikers and we were going to unleash a five-pronged attack on the top flight. The German headed the winner in a 4-3 opening-day victory away to Sheffield Wednesday but you can’t win trophies with Klinsmann at one end and Stuart Nethercott at the other. Defenders who were run to within an inch of their lives by Klinsmann’s remorseless movement celebrated his departure after a season but the striker returned to keep Spurs up in 1997-98 with six goals in the last three games, including four away to Wimbledon .

14 Osvaldo Ardiles

1978-88, 311 appearances, 25 goals

You know you’ve done something right at Spurs when your name features in a cup final song, in this case Ossie’s Dream. The Argentine kept “Tottingham” moving for a decade, with an interlude at Paris Saint-Germain prompted by the Falklands conflict. In tandem with Glenn Hoddle, the 5ft 6in midfield player shaped play with his vision and short passing, a footballing intelligence illustrated in his preference to pass to the edge of the penalty area from the byline rather than send in a typically English cross. Even a failed spell as Spurs manager reinforced his reputation for entertainment.

13 Cliff Jones

1958-68, 378 appearances, 159 goals

A two-footed player capable of performing with distinction on either wing, Jones joined from Swansea City and won a league title, three FA Cups and a Cup Winners’ Cup in his decade at the club. The courageous Jones – whose father, Ivor, and uncle, Bryn, were also Wales internationals – knew how to look after himself as well as having the pace, skill and even the heading ability to prompt a £100,000 offer from Juventus in 1962. After making mincemeat of full backs during his playing days, Jones went on to run a butchers in North London.

12 Chris Waddle

1985-89, 173 appearances, 42 goals

Also known as the mumbling half of the duet that inflicted Diamond Lights on an unsuspecting Top of the Pops audience, a single that reached the Geordie’s position in this list. Waddle was better suited on either wing than behind a microphone and would torment a full back so that he didn’t know whether he been turned inside out or outside in. With a dip of the shoulder he was gone, to deliver a swinging cross. The former sausage and meat pie factory worker won 62 England caps but disgraced himself again after being sold to Marseilles for £4.5 million, the third-highest fee in the world at the time, when he sung We’ve Got a Feeling with Basile Boli. All together now, “My diamond lights, I’ll always want you?”

11 Ted Ditchburn

1939-59, 452 appearances

The son of a professional boxer, Ditchburn was an ever-present goalkeeper in the sides that won promotion to the first division in 1949-50 and the league title the next season in a run of 247 consecutive appearances between April 1948 and March 1954. That this durability, when goalkeepers were hunted by forwards rather than protected by referees, earned only six England caps says more about those ranked above him than Ditchburn’s quality. The stalwart was the last survivor of the 1950-51 title-winning side when he retired in 1959, eight months after breaking a finger.

10 Martin Peters

1970-75, 260 appearances, 76 goals

A class act who joined from West Ham United for £200,000 with Jimmy Greaves going in the other direction, which was a measure of the player in itself. Peters, who won 67 England caps, had complete game in midfield – accurate passing, acute awareness of team-mates, an eye for a dangerous late run and supreme heading ability as part of a powerful aerial triumvirate with Alan Gilzean and Martin Chivers. Spurs won three trophies in successive seasons during Peters’s time at the club but they prematurely sold him to Norwich City.

9 Gary Lineker

1989-92, 138 appearances, 80 goals

Call it a knack, an instinct or a striker’s intelligence, but Lineker was invariably in the right place at the right time for Spurs and England, for whom he scored 48 goals in 80 games. The arch predator gave his rivals a head-start in his first season at the club, taking six games to get off the mark in all competitions, but still finished top of the first division scoring charts. Lineker’s two goals in the FA Cup semi-final in 1991 summed him up: finding space in the penalty area for the first and then using his speed to round Tony Adams for the second.

8 John White

1959-64, 219 appearances, 47 goals

There was more to come from John White, we’ll just never know how much. The Scotland inside forward, whose knack of finding space earned him the nickname of “The Ghost”, was a vital cog in a well-oiled machine and is still spoken of in reverential terms by those fortunate enough to see him play. Danny Blanchflower and Dave Mackay steered Bill Nicholson towards a player considered frail, but a commendation from the Army about his cross-country abilities swung the deal. An ever-present in the Double-winning season, this bewitching talent was killed by lightning at Crews Hill Golf Club, North London, aged 27.

7 Ron Burgess

1938-54, 327 appearances, 17 goals

England once plucked their fast bowlers from mines; Spurs found a footballing legend down one. The Welshman worked as a pit boy before being taken on in the club’s junior ranks but was told he would not make the grade. The inside forward, as he was then, chose to watch an A-team game before his departure but was used at right half because Spurs were a man short and his fate was sealed. Known for his attacking verve and stamina at wing half, the Wales international captained the side to the second and first division titles in 1949-50 and 1950-51, and played for a Great Britain XI against Europein 1947.

6 Pat Jennings

1964-77, 590 appearances

The goalkeeper seemed bigger than his height of 6ft, which could be attributed to a habit of claiming crosses with one hand. Jennings arrived in North London on the recommendation of Ron Burgess, his manager at Watford, and won 119 Northern Ireland caps along with one FA Cup , two League Cups and a Uefa Cup with Spurs. His White Hart Lane years were also marked by the FWA and PFA awards, and a goal in the 1967 Charity Shield, before Spurs let Jennings go to Arsenal in the belief that his career was drawing to a close. The old enemy got eight years out of Spurs’ best No 1.

5 Paul Gascoigne

1988-92, 112 appearances, 33 goals

Spurs supporters of sufficient age all remember where they were when Gascoigne scored in the 1991 FA Cup semi-final; Arsenal fans are still trying to establish David Seaman’s whereabouts at the time. The midfield player had already won our hearts when he slotted the ball into the net against the same opposition on his home debut – without a boot on his scoring foot. Aside from the goals there were any number of barrelling runs - full of extraordinary bodystrength and control – and defence-splitting passes. Gascoigne would take the ball, look up and power through a back four if the moment was right. Never mind the flaws, celebrate the genius.

4 Glenn Hoddle

1975-87, 490 appearances, 110 goals

Like Paul Gascoigne, a midfield artist who left indelible images of masterpieces for fans to savour, such as the volley against Manchester United in 1979, the turn and chip versus Watford in 1983 and the dribble and dummy that polished off Oxford United in 1987. And that’s just the goals. Hoddle’s true gift was shown in his unequalled vision and range of accurate passing. Such overflowing talent earned 53 England caps and a key role in Spurs’ FA Cup wins of 1981 and 1982 , but it deserved more.

3 Jimmy Greaves

1961-70, 379 appearances, 266 goals

How do you improve the seemingly unimprovable? Answer: sign Jimmy Greaves. Bill Nicholson added the inside forward to the Double-winning side in December 1961 and he proved to be worth every one of the 99,999 pounds paid to AC Milan. A hat-trick on debut set Greaves on the way to an extraordinary Spurs scoring ratio bettered by his 44 goals in 57 England appearances. A natural predator’s instinct and finishing ability allied to pace and control - illustrated by his scything run against Manchester United in 1965 - made Greaves the finest goalscorer Spurs and England have known.

2 Dave Mackay

1959-68, 318 appearances, 51 goals

It is often overlooked that the powerful half back could beat a player just as easily as he could stop one in his tracks. Mackay suffered two broken legs, the second in a reserve match as he was returning from the first, but his spirit remained intact during a punishing recovery programme of strengthening exercises and dieting. That drive – accompanied by fine vision and passing – pushed Spurs to success in the Sixties, culminating in Mackay captaining the side to victory in the 1967 FA Cup Final . A warrior of a player who walks with a bow-legged gait that stems from a career of exertion, the Scot would make a worthy Spurs No 1 but for one other legend . . .

1 Danny Blanchflower

1954-64, 382 appearances, 21 goals

The man who ran the show, and what a show it was. Always keeping the ball moving, the right half would wait for an opening and find a pass that the opposition had not seen and an angle that didn’t seem to exist. Several generations of my family considered him the finest player to grace the lilywhite shirt, reinforced by my father’s recollection that the Northern Irishman took on England almost single-handedly in a 1-1 draw at Wembley in 1961. A deep-thinking captain who temporarily lost the role in 1956 over onfield changes, Blanchflower became a forthright journalist and refused to go on This Is Your Life when confronted by the Big Red Book. He also caused controversy with Barnsley when he demanded to use a ball in training and later said of the game: “It is full of beautiful movements, ballet movements, if you like. It was never meant to be played in the air. Let’s give the public real football.” That summed it up: Blanchflower was all about the glory.


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Nov 8, 2004
I know gazza wasn’t here that long but England hasn’t produced a more naturally talented footballer since him
Fantastic player. One of the best players in the world around 1990

Can’t be our 5th greatest ever player having only spent 3 seasons with us of which the last was the only great one!


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Aug 8, 2019
All the people putting Kane at 15 or even not in the top 20 need to grow up. He’s in the absolute top tier, as both a spurs legend and an all time great footballer


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Sep 25, 2011
Brilliant!! I tip my hat to you sir for an awesome wander down the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame.
My God, we have had some great players. It is still a mystery and disappointment to me why we have won so few trophies.


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Jun 21, 2021
Of course, such lists will always be debated - again and again. Anywhay, this is DM's choices...


20. Christan Eriksen, midfielder (2013 - present)

There is a prevalent thought process around playmakers; they're luxury players who flash brilliance but don't jog more than a few yards a game. They're a liability.

Eriksen breaks the mould of the traditional trequartista, and not only because he plays a modern version of the 10 role in which he switches and shares creative duties with Dele Alli.

The Dane runs. He runs a lot. He's covered 253 miles on the pitch this season, the second highest total in the Premier League behind only Gylfi Sigurdsson. When you combine his workrate with the fact he is leading the league in assists (12) this season, you get a a sense of just how special a player he is.

19. Dimitar Berbatov, forward (2006-2008)

Neil Young once sang that it's better to burn bright than fade away. Berbatov did just that, illuminating the White Hart Lane pitch with coruscating brilliance for two short, sweet years before leaving with the crowd wanting much, much more.

His swaggering arrogance was backed up by nimble feet and a nonchalance rarely seen in the modern era. The Bulgarian danced to his own rhythm. He was the type of player who made you feel something, and there's not much more you can ask for than that.

18. Harry Kane, striker (2012 - present)

Kane's explosion to prominence caught all but the most hardcore of Tottenham fans off guard. Unproductive loan spells at Norwich, Millwall and Leyton Orient hinted at little.

Then, in 2014/15, he started scoring and he hasn't stopped since. 21 league goals came in 2014/15. 25 came the following season to earn him the golden boot. 22 and another golden boot followed in 2015/6 and this season, despite only starting 26 of Spurs' 35 games because of injury, he's still managed 21 goals.

He is the first Tottenham player to score 20 or more goals in three consecutive seasons since a certain Jimmy Greaves. At 23, there's still plenty of time for him to rocket up this list.

17. Jurgen Klinsmann, striker (1994-95 and 1997-1998)

Klinsmann appeared like a shock of light in the dark in the mid-1990's, thrusting star power into Tottenham's team during their darkest period in the Premier League. They were rocked by a 12-point deduction, £600,000 fine and FA Cup ban that would eventually be overturned in favour of a £1.5million fine and had finished just three points above the relegation in the 1993/94 season under Ossie Ardiles.

The free-wheeling Klinsmann, with his shock of blonde hair and knack of finding the net injected some much needed fun at the Lane; indeed, the games began from the moment he turned up in a convertible VW Beetle with a bag slung over his shoulder and continued with his infamous celebratory dive after scoring on debut against Sheffield Wednesday.

Spurs hadn't had a shiny new toy to play with for such a long time and, for the briefest of times, there was something to smile about. 'This is a club that needs heroes,' said Ardiles at the time. They finally had one.

16. Pat Jennings, goalkeeper (1964 - 1977)

'There have not been too many like Bill Nicholson in the world.' Goalkeeper Pat Jennings was as astute as he was assured in goal.

The Northern Irish shotstopper must have been quite something to play for Tottenham, only to leave for Arsenal and return seven years later - and still be considered a hero.

He played 673 games for Spurs after he was signed by Nicholson in 1963 aged just 19 for £29,000. It may well be the best 30 grand the club have ever spent

15. Teddy Sheringham, forward (1992 - 1997 and 2001 - 2003)

There are few players like Teddy Sheringham. He traded in craft and guile. Jurgen Klinsmann described him as the most intelligent strike partner he ever had.

But there was more to him than that. Sheringham is ninth on Tottenham's all-time leading scorer list and won the golden boot in the Premier League's first season after moving from Nottingham Forest.

He left to join Manchester United two years before they won the treble, and returned in 2001. Some of the old magic was gone, but he still had a few tricks up his sleeve.

14. Luka Modric, midfielder (2009 - 2012)

Luka Modric is a player whose beauty can be found in his feet and in his mind.

The Croatian may not look like much, and at 5 foot 7 isn't the most imposing, but his grace on the pitch with the ball at his feet made him a giant amongst an emerging Tottenham team. He is blessed with that rare quality bestowed only on the very best; he seems to be able to control time, finding pockets of the stuff to analyse, asses and execute even when under pressure.

Modric honed his skills in his war-torn homeland and joined for a fee of £15million, and left for more than double that after a messy exit to Real Madrid which included an attempt to force his way out of the club.

13. Ricky Villa, midfielder (1978 - 1983)

Those who produce iconic moments are often reduced to having that moment define them. But Ricky Villa was so much more than his winding FA Cup final goal against Manchester City in the 1981 replay.

The Argentine 1978 World Cup winner, with his shaggy locks and wristbands, embodied swagger and style; he arrived in north London to a ticker-tape parade and launched another in 1981 at Wembley.

He exuded arrogance and class in equal measure, two attributes always likely to resonate with the Spurs faithful

12. Martin Chivers, forward (1968 - 1976)

Third on the all-time scoring list at Tottenham, Chivers initially played second-fiddle to Jimmy Greaves when he arrived at the club in 1968.

Overall he bagged 202 goals in 415 appearances for the club, while winning more than 20 caps for England.

He was part of the 1971 League Cup winning side and played in the 1972 and 1974 UEFA Cup finals too.

11. Ossie Ardiles, midfielder (1978 - 1988)

Although it's practically impossible to split Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles, the latter appears slightly higher up on this list because of his long-term contribution to Spurs.

Alongside Glenn Hoddle, he led Tottenham into one of the most glorious eras in the club's history, helping them to win two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup in 1984.

Even a six-month break from the club because of the Falklands conflict couldn't diminish Ossie's Dream of winning a cup or two.

10. Steve Perryman, defender (1969 - 1986)

Two FA Cups, two UEFA Cups and two League Cups. Impressive figures but they're dwarfed by an altogether bigger number; 861. Perryman played 861 times for Tottenham, making him their most loyal player of all time.

No man has ever, or will ever, touch the White Hart Lane pitch as often as he. There is simply no greater tribute to be had.

9. Gareth Bale, forward (2007 - 2013)

Players like Bale don't come along so often. Despite his tricky start at Spurs and an unwanted record of 24 games without a win at White Hart Lane, the Welshman was always destined for greatness.

He started life as a left-back with an endless engine before morphing into the most modern of centre-forwards; a master dribbler and powerful runner who can score from any distance and angle.

There are fewer more vivid memories for Tottenham fans that his exploits against Inter Milan in the Champions League back in 2011; the year a star was born.

By the end of his time at Tottenham, he was dragging them kicking and screaming towards a top four finish with stunning goal after stunning goal in the 2012/13 season, only to see his side fall just short.

21 goals and fifth place proved to be his final effort before he became the most expensive player in history by joining Real Madrid.

8. Ledley King, defender (1999 - 2012)

Tottenham fan's love of Ledley King is both interlaced with sadness of what might have been and enhanced by the romantic notion of a stricken, tragic hero blessed with talent but cursed with crumbling knees.

Until very recently, homegrown talent was hard to come by at White Hart Lane. While Harry Kane was still in an Arsenal shirt and Josh Onomah was in nappies, King ploughed a lonely furrow as the Lord of the Lane. He really was one of their own and the captain of a listing ship until the very end.

His legend was only enhanced by his call up for England's squad to the 2010 World Cup despite his fatal fitness problems; his career summed up so succinctly as he broke down in the first game.

He retired in 2012 having played 264 league games for the club in 13 years.

7. Cliff Jones, winger (1958 - 1968)

Before Gareth Bale, there was Cliff Jones, the original Welsh Wizard.

In Tottenham's greatest ever side under Bill Nicholson there are many who believe the Welshman was the most talented of all; he was the entertainer on the wing, dazzling with his dribbling skills.

Jones signed for Tottenham for £35,000 in 1958, the same month his national service ended - during which he played for an Army XI that included Bobby Charlton and Duncan Edwards.

He was, of course, instrumental in helping deliver the double to Tottenham while helping them win the FA Cup in 1962 and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1963.

6. Gary Lineker, striker (1989 - 1992)

Lineker's time with Tottenham was short but sweet.

He arrived at White Hart Lane at the peak of his powers from Barcelona, where he became the highest scoring British player in La Liga history, until Bale took his crown recently.

Lineker's goalmouth instincts are the stuff of legend and in his first season back in England he finished as the first division's top scorer with 24 goals.

The former Leicester and Everton man's most prominent contribution came when he scored twice to defeat Arsenal in the 1991 FA Cup semi-final, before helping the team to beat Nottingham Forest in the final at Wembley.

Overall, one of England's greatest ever scorers finished with a record of 67 goals in 105 league games for Spurs and 80 in 138 in total before he departed to join Japanese side Grampus Eight.

5. Paul Gascoigne, midfielder (1988 - 1991)

Gascoigne's burning meteorite of a career crashed through Tottenham between 1988 and 1991. The story goes that he turned down Manchester United because chairman Irving Scholar and boss Terry Venables had promised him numerous items if he joined Spurs, including a house, a car and a sun bed for his sister to use.

The chubby-cheeked, podgy-legged genius with a council estate haircut and a gift that is bestowed on so few shone brighter at Spurs than he ever did before, or ever would again, barring a renaissance at Euro 1996.

The line of good and evil runs through the hearts of all men and Gascoigne embodied that in two FA Cup moments; his howitzer free-kick against Arsenal in the 1991 semi-final and his tackle on Gary Charles that inexorably changed his career forever.

He only played 112 times for Spurs and scored 33 times, but his ability as one of the most talented English footballers of all time means he'll be remembered as one of the greatest to have graced the Lane.

4. Danny Blanchflower, midfielder (1954-1963)

'The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It is nothing of the kind. The game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom.'

384 appearances. The leader of the famous 1960/61 side. Footballer of the year twice. Winner of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1963.

But perhaps most importantly he was the author of *that* quote; the words that every Spurs side must aspire to and are judged by.

He didn't just utter those words either, he lived them on the pitch too. There simply are not many more greater, or more important, Spurs players than Blanchflower.

3. Dave Mackay, defender (1959 - 1968)

There is a famous picture of Dave Mackay. In it, he's grabbing Leeds' Billy Bremner by the scruff of the neck in 1966. Mackay's face is contorted with anger as Bremner protests his innocence.

It's an iconic picture. Mackay, often seen as the hardman of English football, loathed it.

'I don't like it because it portrays me as a bully, which I am not and never have been.'

Mackay's portryal as a hard man betrayed his skill on the pitch; he scored 43 times for Spurs and was the foundation on which Nicholson's title-winning team was built.

Still, you don't get a reputation as being hard as nails for no reason and the fact he was able to come back from two leg breaks in succession was a testament to his character.

2. Glenn Hoddle, midfielder (1975 - 1987)

Above Gascoigne, Jones, Bale and Ardiles - Hoddle is considered the most skillful Tottenham player of all time.

The Englishman lit up the lane for more than 10 years with moments of magic that got the crowd on their feet.

In a team of diamonds he was the crown jewel as Spurs won two FA Cups and the FA Cup in the early-to-mid 1980's.

He was considered a luxury player by some; a label Danny Blanchflower dismissed so eloquently. 'Hoddle?' he said. 'No, it’s the bad players who are a luxury'.

1. Jimmy Greaves, striker (1961 - 1970)

Number one on our list is one of the greatest goalscorers in football history, Jimmy Greaves.

For Tottenham alone, he managed an incredible 266 goals in 380 games. He managed 366 league goals in his career, the most ever in Europe and a record that still stands - although Cristiano Ronaldo is closing in on it.

Signed by Bill Nicholson for £99,999 from AC Milan to avoid him becoming the first £100,000 player in 1961, Greaves' arrival proved to be the final piece of the puzzle for what would go on to become the greatest Tottenham side ever.

A couple of observations, Harry should be considered a top five player, and and Jones foe my money behind Greaves and MacKay.

I was a wee whipper snapper when I saw Jones and MacKay play but looking back at old footage and reading biographies I believe that Jones, Mackay ang Greaves were the three most influential players Spurs had during that era.

Finally how anyone with an ounce of Spurs knowledge can include Berbatov yet leave out Mike England (our rock in he middle of the back four who made three hundred appearances, helping us to win four major Trophies) needs to be taken outside and given a good beating.

I rest my case M'Lud.


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Jun 21, 2021
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Ginola for Ricky other than that.. first time I have agreed with anything in the Daily Mail!!

I think Ricky deserves to be in that list, as much for what he contributed in that FA Cup replay (and getting us to the final) but also for his contribution for helping the transition of himself and Ardiles to England, i think the very first South American footballers to play in the football league at that time.

It's easy t look at the PL era and cherry pick a list of top this or top that, especially as video is now available at our fingertips, but Ricky and certainly Ardiles helped to shape what Spurs became at that time, (i couldn't see us winning two FA Cups without them) and certainly the entertainment value.

Both helped to shape our sides for the next quarter of a century in my opinion.


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Nov 15, 2018
Didn’t play for us for long but I’d like to have seen Van Der Vaart at least somewhere on those lists and unless I’ve missed it certainly Jermain Defoe!


Now with lovely smooth balls
Aug 21, 2014
Why are people getting angry about Kane not being that high up the list when the list was compiled 6 years ago?


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Aug 8, 2019
Didn’t play for us for long but I’d like to have seen Van Der Vaart at least somewhere on those lists and unless I’ve missed it certainly Jermain Defoe!
You think Jermain Defoe is one of the best 20 players to play for spurs? I’ll have some of what you’re smoking


SC Supporter
Sep 2, 2004
Sorry, but how can you have a list of greatest Spurs players and not include the guy that spent 10 years with us, 8 as captain during our most successful period in the last 30-40 years...

CL runner up ... as captain
World Cup runner up ... as captain
World Cup Winner ... as captain

Joke of an article

EDIT... This guy says you can stick you list up your arse



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Aug 8, 2019
The list was a top50.
Fair enough, but still wouldn’t have him. I’d take Falco over him any day of the week. Defoe just wasn’t that good - he scored 18 PL goals for us once (the year he got 5 v Wigan) and never over 13 apart from that. That’s mediocrity
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