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Catching up with Chris Armstrong

Posted on 4 December 2014  - 16:31

It’s been a while since we heard from former striker Chris Armstrong.


A member of our League Cup-winning squad in 1999, Chris scored 62 goals in 173 appearances for us between 1995 and 2002, later joining Bolton Wanderers before rounding off his career at Wrexham in 2005.

As we prepare to face another of his former clubs, Crystal Palace, on Saturday, the Newcastle-born former forward has been speaking to our official matchday programme to look back on past clashes between the sides and his move from Selhurst Park to White Hart Lane.

“Signing for Tottenham was the biggest moment of my career,” reflected Chris, in his first interview with the Club since his departure from the Lane.

“Playing for Palace brought me some of my happiest times, although it was up and down at Spurs. In the first couple of years it was all going in an upwardly direction until the injuries started to come in.

“After a bad injury in my second season it was difficult for me to put in the performances that I knew I was capable of, so looking back I’ll always have that little bit of disappointment that I didn’t fulfil my potential at Tottenham.”

Recalling the day we defeated Leicester City at Wembley to lift the League Cup at the end of the 1998-99 season, Chris continued: “It was nice to be involved when we won the League Cup although I didn’t get on the pitch for the final, which was disappointing. I was just about to come on when Allan Nielsen scored the winner but, as you could see, we were all happy as a squad and we mobbed him behind the goal so it was a great day.

“It’s always nice to win a trophy, so you’ve got to look back on it fondly. I’ll never forget those days at Spurs. They were six great years and it was a great club from top to bottom.”

Read the full interview with Chris in Saturday’s official matchday programme, on sale from various points around the stadium and from the Spurs Megastore – priced at £3.50 for 100 pages.