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Being Frank in Hotspur!

Posted on 30 March 2011  - 12:00

Remember Frank Saul? He's the former Spurs winger whose goal won us the FA Cup at Wembley in 1967.

Being Frank in Hotspur!

Remember Frank Saul? He's the former Spurs winger whose goal won us the FA Cup at Wembley in 1967.

It’s all a long time ago now but we catch up with Frank at his Essex home and look back on a fabulous start to his career that saw the young Saul bag his first goal for Spurs in the big London derby at Arsenal.

But not many people know that a 17-year-old Frank actually made his Spurs debut in our ‘Double’ side as stand in for England hit man Bobby Smith. And his three goals in six games return that season were crucial to that memorable success.

“It was a fantastic time,” recalls Saul, now 67, in our exclusive interview in the current issue of Hotspur magazine. “There were some great moments back then and I’m just happy to have been involved.

“Not many players can say they have scored the winning goal in an FA Cup Final. It was the pinnacle of my career.”

After a playing career involving Southampton, QPR and Millwall, he took up coaching a junior Sunday league side.

He smiles: “The pressure compared to playing was incredible, believe me. The kids were excellent; it was the parents I couldn’t handle! Give me playing in front of 100,000 fans any day of the week!”

Read the full story in the April issue of Hotspur where Steven Pienaar, Michael Dawson, Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe, Sandro, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Clive Allen, Ossie Ardiles – and Radio Two’s Jo Whiley – are all featured.

And one lucky reader will win Pienaar’s signed match shirt in our free-to-enter competition.

We also continue to celebrate our ‘Double’ success 50 years on with a six page special on that great season, including a special focus on Cliff Jones and an in depth look at a new book on John White.

Make sure you get your copy of Hotspur every month. No Spurs fan can afford to miss it!

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Remember Frank Saul? The Spurs winger whose goal won us the FA Cup at Wembley in 1967.

It’s all a long time ago now but we catch up with Frank at his Essex home and look back on a fabulous start to his career that saw the young Saul bag his first goal for Spurs in the big London derby at Arsenal.

But not many people know that a 17-year-old Frank actually made his Spurs debut in our ‘Double’ side as stand in for England hit man Bobby Smith. And his three goals in six games return that season were crucial to that memorable success.

“It was a fantastic time,” recalls Saul, now 67, in our exclusive interview in the current issue of Hotspur magazine. “There were some great moments back then and I’m just happy to have been involved.

“Not many players can say they have scored the winning goal in an FA Cup Final. It was the pinnacle of my career.”

After a playing career involving Southampton, QPR and Millwall, he took up coaching a junior Sunday league side.

He smiles: “The pressure compared to playing was incredible, believe me. The kids were excellent; it was the parents I couldn’t handle! Give me playing in front of 100,000 fans any day of the week!”

Read the full story in the April issue of Hotspur where Steven Pienaar, Michael Dawson, Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe, Sandro, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Clive Allen, Ossie Ardiles – and Radio Two’s Jo Whiley – are all featured.

And one lucky reader will win Pienaar’s signed match shirt in our free-to-enter competition.

We also continue to celebrate our ‘Double’ success 50 years on with a six page special on that great season, including a special focus on Cliff Jones and an in depth look at a new book on John White.

Make sure you get your copy of Hotspur every month. No Spurs fan can afford to miss it!