Micky Hazard had two spells with Spurs. As an apprentice from July, 1976, before returning to White Hart Lane in November, 1993, to add experience to manager Ossie Ardiles’ young squad.
In between he helped us retain the FA Cup in 1982 and lift the 1984 UEFA Cup on that emotional night at White Hart Lane. He then left for Chelsea in September, 1985, on to Portsmouth for nine months from January, 1990, and then linked up with Glenn Hoddle again for a successful time with Swindon Town.
I knew him as a 14-year-old when he came down from his Sunderland home to train at White Hart Lane and Cheshunt. You couldn’t miss him with that curly mop of blond hair but his exceptional close control attracted your immediate attention.
Of all our schoolboys he was the one that our youth coaches kept bringing down for training. And he was just as capable when working with the senior squad as manager Keith Burkinshaw and his assistant Peter Shreeves made sure that his precocious talents would be staying at Tottenham.
It wouldn’t be easy for Micky who was too young to leave home and missed family, friends and familiar surroundings so much. On the day that he headed south to join us full-time, I was working on the Tottenham Herald and spotted him leaving White Hart Lane station lugging a heavy old brown suitcase as he set off up Pretoria Road.
I gave him a lift in my battered Ford Escort to his digs with a lovely Irish lady behind the North Middlesex Hospital. And Mick must have subsequently become sick of that walk as he trekked alongside the railway line every day to the stadium for a lift in the kit wagon to Brookfield Lane.
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