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Big Chiv - a man for all seasons

Posted on 4 November 2009  - 12:00

Martin Chivers is convinced that his style of play would have fitted into the modern game. And the Spurs fans that watched him play will certainly support that belief.

Big Chiv - a man for all seasons

Martin Chivers is convinced that his style of play would have fitted into the modern game. And the Spurs fans that watched him play will certainly support that belief.

Big Chiv was banging in the goals here between 1968 and 1976, scoring 202 in 402 senior games for us. He was strong and powerful with a deceptive turn of pace, good in the air and always knew where the net was.

In addition, he was skilful for a big man but still brave and hard enough to take the strongest tackles.

So put all that together and there's no doubt that Martin's abilities would have graced the Premier League with great success.

"I could never be a Bobby Smith because I did not have that aggression in me," says Martin, who has recently launched his autobiography, Big Chiv. "I did have determination but I was not prepared to start knocking people around."

Speaking in the current issue of hotspur, Martin adds: "In my day tackles from behind were commonplace, the pitches were muddy and uneven, the ball was heavy and we did not have dieticians and psychologists.

"Today, players are faster because they play on the top of the ground and they're fitter. But I do think that my style of play would have suited today's game."

Chivers, who continues to work behind the scenes at the Lane as a matchday host, sums up his Spurs career: "I always loved scoring goals and it was a pleasure to do it for a great club like this, belonging to a successful team, playing decent football."

And Spurs fans of the Chivers generation loved watching him doing exactly that.

Read the full interview in our official monthly magazine, hotspur, on sale now in the Spurs Shops and all good newsagents or via subscription.

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