Striker Paul McVeigh might have only made three first team appearances for Spurs, but the young man from Northern Ireland remains thankful for the solid Premier League grounding the club gave him.
Having played – and scored – alongside his heroes in a handful of top flight games towards the end of the 1996-97 season, the lively front man went on to carve out a successful career with Norwich City.
But it was the culmination of many years’ hard graft with us that finally saw him get his big chance.
“I was 11-year- old when I came over from Northern Ireland, where I was playing for my local team in Belfast,” begins McVeigh, who is now 35 and is a regular pundit on television and radio, as well as being a published author.
“I ended up coming over with Stephen Robinson, who was another young lad who managed to break into the first team, but it was around the time that Gary Lineker and the famous FA Cup-winning team of 1991 were still around.
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