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Flashback

Posted on 4 September 2008  - 12:00

We've tracked down a number of our former greats for a new series in the official matchday programme called 'Flashback' - a series we'll run here on the website as well.

Flashback

We've tracked down a number of our former greats for a new series in the official matchday programme called 'Flashback' - a series we'll run here on the website as well.

NUMBER ONE: TONY MARCHI

A local lad from Edmonton who went on to captain Spurs, Tony played for us between 1949-1957 and again from 1959-65.

His goal for our Reserves at Southampton in 1951 gave him the distinction of being the first player to score a competitive goal under floodlights in England. He currently lives in Maldon, Essex.

What was your pre-match meal?
Tony Marchi: "Fillet steak with poached egg followed by rice pudding."

What current player would you have liked to have played alongside?
TM: "Deco. He's always showed at Barcelona and Portugal that he is a very intelligent player and is currently doing the same with Chelsea. One of his greatest qualities is that he is always available to pass to."

What player of your era is worth £30m today?
TM: "Manchester United's Duncan Edwards."

Favourite away ground?
TM: "Arsenal - I always looked forward to our local ‘derby' games."

Most memorable game?
tm: "Winning the European Cup Winners' Cup when we beat Atletico Madrid 5-1. The team played some fantastic football that night."#

What era saw you at your best?
TM: "The 1950s.I captained the side from Christmas Day, 1956, until I left for Italy in 1957. We were runners-up in Division One to Manchester United in 1957 and I gained England ‘B' caps and represented the London XI along the way. I played in 140 consecutive league and cup games between 1954 to 1957 before I transferred to Italy."

Most difficult opponent?
TM: "Eddie Firmani who played for Charlton and then in Italy for Sampdoria and Inter Milan."

Hardest opponent?
TM: "Bobby Smith - I played against him when he was at Chelsea and also in practice matches at Spurs."

First pay packet?
TM: "It was £7 during the season and £6 in the summer."

How would your side do in the Premier League?
TM: "The Sixties side was an excellent team but training and fitness methods have advanced and our lads would have to adjust to a different formation of play. Having said that, they would still be formidable opponents."