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Andy Greeves takes a look at overseas players to have represented Tottenham Hotspur prior to the Premier League being formed in 1992.

OS_SeeburgSince the establishment of the Premier League in 1992, English football has been blessed with a vast array of talented players from overseas. In the decades before though, the number of foreigners plying their trade in England was relatively small.

Born in Leipzig in Germany on September 19, 1884, Max Seeburg moved to London when he was just two years old. Signing for Chelsea in 1906, he became the first European-born overseas player to represent a professional club in England. The forward  never appeared in a competitive match for the Blues though, prior to signing for us in 1908. His one and only league appearance for us came in a 1-0 defeat at Hull City on September 26, 1908.

Seeburg (pictured, right) made appearances for us in a selection of other games, including a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers in the London FA Charity Cup on October 5, 1908, before signing for Leyton in 1909. His career in English football continued, with 17 league appearances for Burnley between 1910 and 1911 and he played 20 league games for Grimsby Town in 1911. Seeburg finished his career with Reading, where he retired in 1913 and he passed away in the Berkshire town in 1972.

Due to his German origins he had been interned early in the First World War.

Len Garwood was born in Ranikhet, India, on July 28, 1923, where his father was serving in the armed forces at the time. On moving to England, the wing half played non-league football for the likes of Eton Bray, Cambridge Town and Hitchin Town before signing amateur forms with us in 1944. His Spurs debut  came as we were still playing wartime football in the Football League South, in a 1-0 win over Coventry City on May 3, 1945.

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