Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City are two of the biggest football clubs in England. They both have huge fan bases around the world. Many great players have played for them in their history. Some of those players even played for both the clubs. Let us have a look at some of the best players to play for both Tottenham and Manchester City.
Here are the 10 best players to play for both Tottenham and Manchester City.
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10. Michael Brown
Between the ages of 18 and 39, combative Hartlepudlian midfielder Brown turned out for 10 clubs – starting with City. Despite being sent off within 10 minutes of his debut appearance as a sub, he went on to make 103 appearances for the Citizens, winning Player of the Year for the 97/98 campaign in which they dropped to the third division.
After a productive spell at second-tier Sheffield United, Brown joined Spurs in January 2004. Dropping deeper in midfield and developing a reputation for robust tackling – he eventually totalled 137 bookings and seven reds – he found himself out of favour and left for Fulham in January 2006 after 64 games.
9. Chris Jones
Jones grew up through the Spurs youth system and made his progression to the League team in August, 1974. In total he made 185 League and Cup appearances, scoring 42 goals in his nine seasons with the club. He was a skilful player but was unlucky in that he often got into good goal scoring positions but couldn’t quite turn them into goals.
His best goal scoring performance for Tottenham was an FA Cup 4th Round replay at Wrexham in 1979 where his hat-trick enabled Spurs to progress to the next round with a 3 – 2 win after extra time. He joined City for £110,000 in September, 1982 but after only three games in two months joined Crystal Palace. He also played for Charlton Athletic and Leyton Orient.
8. Bill Felton
Felton joined City in 1929. He helped the club to a third-place finish in his first season with the Sky Blues and played a total of 83 games for the club.
Bill left the club in 1932 in favour of a move towards Spurs. He played regularly in the team and captained the side to promotion in 1933 but lost his place midway through the next season and moved to Altrincham in the summer of 1934. He is regarded as one of the best players to play for both Tottenham and Manchester City.
7. Paul Walsh
Walsh played with seven clubs in a career that spanned from 1979 through 1997.
A livewire on and off the pitch, the striker fell out with various managers including Bobby Robson and Kenny Dalglish. He punched Spurs reserves boss Ray Clemence in the face for substituting him, pretty much ending his White Hart Lane career after 21 goals in 156 games.
His return at City was a bit better, with 16 goals in league play from 53 appearances, despite approaching the end of his career.
6. Neil McNab
A midfielder, McNab wore the shirts of 14 different club teams in his long career, which spanned from 1972 to 1994. Neil McNab came to Spurs from Morton in 1974 at the age of sixteen for a fee of £40,000, signing as an amateur.
After being linked with a number of clubs he joined City in July, 1983 and had seven good years at Maine Road, playing probably his best football and helping them to promotion in 1989. He joined Tranmere Rovers in 1990.
McNab made 72 league appearances for Spurs, scoring three times. He played more at City, netting 16 goals in 221 league appearances through much of the 1980s.
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5. Vedran Corluka
City signed Croatian defender Corluka from Dinamo Zagreb in August 2007. He helped City to three consecutive clean sheets in his first few Premier League outings, although he was also involved in humbling defeats by Chelsea (0-6) and Middlesbrough (1-8) during his sole season at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Corluka joined Tottenham in the summer of 2008 from City and played mostly at right back although did occasionally play in central defence. He linked well on the right with Aaron Lennon and was one of four Croatians that were at White Hart lane at a time.
The arrival of Kyle Walker in the team, limited his opportunities and he left on loan to Bayer Leverkusen and then in a permanent move to Lokomotiv Moscow in the summer of 2012.
4. Clive Allen
Clive Allen joined Spurs from QPR in 1984. Two goals on his debut against Everton proved a sign of things to come, with the forward netting 60 times in his 105 league appearances for Spurs, as well as 13 in 14 in the League Cup, nine in 12 in the FA Cup , and two in four in European competition.
He later spent two and a half seasons at City. He was altogether less prolific at City, managing 10 league goals on the club’s return to the top flight in his first season but only four the following year. Allen then returned to London in 1991, first with Chelsea and later with West Ham and Millwall.
3. Paul Stewart
Paul Stewart started his career with Blackpool, and joined Manchester City in March, 1987. He scored 26 league goals for City before joining Spurs in October 1988.
His career highlight at Tottenham was probably scoring in the 1991 FA Cup final, a match that saw Spurs lift the cup after a 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest. Stewart went on to make 131 league appearances for Tottenham, scoring 28 goals.
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2. Emmanuel Adebayor
The Togolese striker made controversial headlines for both his on-field and off-field actions at Manchester City and Spurs. One such moment was him celebrating a goal against ex-club Arsenal by running the length of the field and sliding on his knees in front of the visiting Gunners fans.
Adebayor had left Arsenal to join City in 2009. He played only two seasons for City, scoring 15 Premier League goals in 34 Premier League appearances for City before going out on loan to Real Madrid and then to Spurs.
His debut campaign in 2011/12 was a success, the centre-forward finding the net 17 times as Spurs finished fourth under Harry Redknapp. He only managed five goals the following season, though, and despite a resurgence during Tim Sherwood’s time in charge, Adebayor was sidelined and eventually discarded by Mauricio Pochettino.
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1. Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker began his carrer with Sheffield United. He moved south to Tottenham in summer 2009 – only to return to Bramall Lane on a season-long loan a few months later. The Englishman also had temporary spells at QPR and Aston Villa, before eventually establishing himself as Tottenham’s first choice right-back in 2011-12.
Walker remained Spurs’ go-to right-back throughout the next five seasons, helping Mauricio Pochettino’s side into the Champions League and then to a second-place finish in 2016/17. City spent £50m on his signature soon after, bring Walker to the Etihad.
Walker in two seasons with Manchester City has won two Premier League titles, two League cups and a FA Cup. In his first season at Manchester City, the club went on to earn 100 points, a Premier League all time-record.
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