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Played for both - Danny Blanchflower

Posted by Tottenham Hotspur on 17 October 2013  - 09:00

We face Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday as we aim to extend our excellent recent record against the Villa Park-based side.

Danny after our FA Cup success in 1961Jimmy Greaves, Danny Blanchflower, Bobby Smith after we retained the FA Cup in 1962

One player who graced the field for both clubs is our former Double-winning captain Danny Blanchflower.

Danny played for Aston Villa from 1951 to 1954, making over 150 appearances, before manager Arthur Rowe brought him to White Hart Lane.

It was an inspired capture, the elegant midfielder becoming arguably one of the greatest signings in our history.

He made his home debut for us in December, 1954, in a 1-1 draw in Division One against the club he had left just 17 days previously. His teammates that day included the likes of Sir Alf Ramsey and George Robb.

The Northern Irishman had played in seven top-flight meetings between the clubs for Villa, and although he failed to win any of those games, he did score on three occasions.

By contrast, Danny’s record against his former club while playing for us was outstanding. We lost just once in 17 encounters in all competitions, winning 12.

His solitary goal against Villa came in a 2-0 home FA Cup sixth round win in March, 1962. We went on to win the trophy, with Danny lifting the cup for the second successive season as captain.

In his 10-year stay at the Lane, he captained Spurs to four major trophy successes while making 382 appearances.

The inspirational leader of our glorious 1961 Double-winning side, Danny remains one of the greatest players to have played for us.