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The Glory Boy

This excellent programme article on Danny Blanchflower, originally published in April, 1984, under the apt headline ‘Giant from the Past,’ told us so much about a man who was probably our greatest ever player that we re-print it here.

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As Danny Blanchflower prepared to leave Aston Villa after three years with the Birmingham club, he faced an agonising decision.

Would he accept Arthur Rowe’s offer of a £30,000 move to Tottenham... or would he go to Arsenal?

Fortunately he opted for Spurs, leading us to the League and FA Cup ‘double’ in 1961, the FA Cup once again the following season and European Cup Winners’ Cup glory in 1963.

His influence on the side at the time proved so strong that one wonders what would have happened if the unthinkable had occurred and Danny moved to Highbury!

Rowe first met Blanchflower after watching Wales beat Northern Ireland 3-0 at Swansea in 1952. Despite the scoreline, Blanchflower was brilliant that day and made a big enough impact on the Spurs chief to encourage him to monitor his progress from then on.



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