Tottenham Hotspur is one of the biggest clubs in England. They have often prided themselves on being a working man’s club, playing attractive football without splashing the cash. One thing is certain; they’ve always been an entertaining side to watch, regardless of trophies won. Without further ado, let’s examine Tottenham Hotspur greatest XI of all time –
Here’s the Tottenham Hotspur greatest XI of all time –
Goalkeeper: Pat Jennings
Jennings made such an impact at Watford after moving from Newry Town in 1963 that Bill Nicholson splashed out £27k for a 19-year-old with only 48 league appearances behind him. It proved to be one of the legendary manager’s greatest-ever signings.
The young Irishman’s task was to take over from Scotland’s Bill Brown of the double winning side of 1960-61. At 6ft 2ins and with an unflappable temperament Spurs had seen sufficient qualities to bring him to White Hart Lane.
Pat Jennings will be remembered as one of the finest goalkeepers to ever grace the game. He spent thirteen years at White Hart Lane, where he played in 472 league games for Spurs, and 591 in all competitions. He won the FA Cup in 1967, the League Cup in 1971 and 1973, and the UEFA Cup in 1972. He also played 119 times for Northern Ireland, including two World Cups.
Left Back: Cyril Knowles
Cyril Knowles is one of the best left-backs to grace White Hart Lane. A winger early in his career, Bill Nicholson forked out £45,000 for his services from Middlesbrough in 1964 and Knowles soon developed the style of the overlapping full-back, using all his natural ability from his days as a winger to great effect.
Knowles would spend 11 years at White Hart Lane, where he was famed for his crossing ability, creating countless opportunities from open play as well as set pieces. He is also remembered for his excellent partnership with Irish right-back Joe Kinnear and his valuable contribution towards the acceptance of the overlapping, attacking full-back in modern football. Knowles won The FA Cup, two League Cups and the UEFA Cup in his time at Spurs.
Centre Back: Ledley King
King’s career was cut woefully short due to a chronic knee injury that meant he could only play one game a week, but when he did play, he was a beast of a defender and a natural leader at White Hart Lane.
Having come through the Club’s Academy ranks, Ledley made his senior debut as an 18-year-old, coming on as a substitute during a 3-2 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield in May 1999. Over the next few seasons, Ledley earned recognition as one of the best young defenders in the country, also often operating as a defensive midfielder. Despite only having one fully functional knee, the “absolute freak” as christened by Harry Redknapp, gave Spurs fans plenty of moments in a white shirt.
King announced his retirement from all forms of football on 19 July 2012 as a result of the chronic knee injuries that plagued much of his career. He continues to represent Tottenham Hotspur on an ambassadorial level.
Right Back: Steve Perryman
Steve Perryman is a Tottenham Hotspur legend; not just for the amount of silverware he lifted , but also the number of games he played in a career spanning 17 years with the club. Steve Perryman played over 850 matches in all competitions and holds the record for most appearances in the league, FA Cup, League Cup and Europe.
Signing apprentice forms in 1967, Perryman made his league debut in 1969 as a midfielder but he would spend most of his career in the famous white shirt in defence. He quickly became a regular in the team and had a knack of appearing in and around the penalty area to hit powerful shots into the net. His game was to upset the opposition’s midfield and get the ball off them before passing it on to the more experienced Alan Mullery or Martin Peters alongside him. He was named captain in 1975.
With Spurs ,he won the UEFA Cup in 1972 and 1984 , the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982 and the League Cup in 1971 and 1973.