“Pick your best ever Spurs side? I could have picked two – and more! I have seen 10 of these players in action and although my grandchildren think I was at the 1901 FA Cup Final, I still have to include one player from that side as his stats demand it.”
GOALKEEPER: TED DITCHBURN
These days it is all about agility and good reactions for a goalkeeper, but Ted was not just a brilliant shot-stopper. He played in the days of the muscular likes of Len Duquemin when a centre-forward was allowed to hammer a ‘keeper into the back of the net so he had to keep one eye out for that painful inevitability when trying to claim the ball. That set him apart.
RIGHT-BACK: ALF RAMSEY
Alf (pictured, left) will always be recalled for his World Cup winning management and the fact that he won the league title with Ipswich. He was a highly-respected full-back who played regularly at international level and also for our great team of the 1950s. He also warrants respect as the player who invented the art of receiving a short pass from the goalkeeper and instigating attacks.
LEFT-BACK: CYRIL KNOWLES
Whenever I think of flying full-backs, I go back to the days of Cyril on the overlap with such gusto, enthusiasm and to good effect. It was obvious that Knowles had been a winger in his younger days but he never neglected his defensive duties and was greatly admired by team-mates and opponents alike because he delighted in a tackle but never went over the top.
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