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Birthday Boy with Nico Claesen

Nico Claesen celebrates his 51st birthday on October 1. We wish him well...

BORN IN OCTOBER: NICO CLAESEN

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There are some jobs in football that people just don’t envy – and Belgian striker Nico Claesen’s task of dislodging free-scoring marksman Clive Allen from the Spurs side in the late 1980s was certainly one of them!

Brought to the club in October, 1986, by David Pleat, the hard-working forward started off promisingly. But a change in formation meant only one centre-forward’s place became available – and with Allen breaking records, Claesen had the unforgiving task of trying to win a place in our attack.

Born in Maasmechelen on October 1, 1962, Nicolaas Claesen started out with Belgian side RFC Seraing, scoring on average once every two games.

A brief spell in Germany with VfB Stuttgart was followed by a return to his homeland with Standard Liege in 1985. But after an impressive World Cup campaign with the Belgians in the summer of 1986, he caught the eye of then-Spurs boss Pleat.



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