3. David MacKay
Mackay was a physically imposing, but also creative midfielder who was the catalyst for the longest period of success in Spurs history. During a nine-year spell he won the league twice, the FA Cup three times, and the Cup Winners Cup once, collecting 22 Scotland caps all the while.
He was part of the double-winning side of 1960-61, took the FA Cup for a second straight season in 1961-62, and won the European Cup Winner Cup in 1962-63. Mackay was the rock of the most successful Tottenham side ever. He was described, by fans, as one of ‘best Tottenham players of all time’ and was known as ‘the heartbeat’ of their most successful ever team.
2. Jimmy Greaves
One of the greatest Spurs legends and their highest goal scorer, Greaves struck an incredible 266 times in 380 games for Spurs on the way to winning two FA Cups and the Cup Winners Cup. Greaves finished as top League goalscorer in 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1969.
Quick with superb control and positional sense, Greaves was simply a natural goalscorer famed for coolly rolling the ball into the net rather than blasting it. He was cunningly signed from AC Milan for £99,999 by Bill Nicholson, to avoid him becoming the first £100,000 player, and perhaps the biggest compliment of all is that most considered that his arrival made the ‘double’ team ever better.
His record of finishing top goalscorer for six seasons has never been matched and he is still a welcome figure around the club to this day. He even managed to pick up a World Cup winners medal in that time too. Greaves moved on to West Ham in March 1970. He is undoubtedly one of the best Tottenham players of all time.
1. Danny Blanchflower
The inspirational captain of Spurs’ double-winning side, Danny Blanchflower is one of the most famous players of all time, not just at Spurs, but in world football.
One of the leaders and most decorated players of the great Tottenham side of the fifties and sixties, Blanchflower was twice named Player of the Year while at the club. In his day, Blanchflower was a brilliant midfielder, general of the pitch and tactician of the game.
Signed from Aston Villa for £30,000 in 1954, Blanchflower went on to play 384 competitive games for the club, lift the FA Cup twice, the Cup Winners Cup and the league title and gain 50 caps for Northern Ireland before retiring in 1964.
”Football is about glory,’ the late Danny once said. ‘It is about doing things in style and with a flourish.
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