Skip to main content


  • Garth Crooks visits Academy
Subscribe to newsfeed 

Legendary striker delivers important message to scholars

Posted on 14 November 2013  - 13:30

Garth Crooks attending the Training Centre this week to deliver a seminar on equality in football to players in our Academy in association with Kick It Out.

Garth visited the Training Centre this weekHe gave a presentation to our Academy lads

The former striker gave an in-depth account of his experiences of racism during his playing career and the steps that have since been taken to eradicate it from the game.

Our scholars were given the chance to ask questions to Garth, not only about the subject of racism but also on a successful career in which he lifted the FA Cup twice with Spurs, scoring 74 goals in 182 appearances between 1980 and 1985.

The seminar, supported by Troy Townsend, was part of the Club’s commitment to supporting the Kick It Out campaign during its 20th anniversary season.

Garth said: “It was a real privilege to be invited by the Club and talk to the Academy players. The professional game takes anti-racism very seriously and Kick It Out is looking to educate the next generation of footballers.

“It was amazing the way in which the young players were prepared to engage, feed back and challenge. What I'm noticing is that there's a keenness to understand the relevance of anti-racism campaigns in football. It's proving to be fruitful.”

John McDermott, Academy Manager, added: “Garth’s visit, supported by Troy Townsend, was an experience that I expect the scholars will remember and take with them into what we hope will be lengthy and successful professional careers.

“The level of discrimination Garth faced during his playing days is something that our young players will hopefully never come up against, but it is important that they understand the past, appreciate the foundations that have been laid over the years to eradicate racism from our game and continue to defend these values in the future.

“As someone who reached the top level and won trophies with this Club, Garth is a perfect role model for our young players, and it was fantastic that he took the time to share his experiences across all aspects of his career. The passion and pride Garth showed in playing for Tottenham Hotspur was so evident.

“The number of diverse questions from the players, and the session considerably over-running, was testament to Garth's openness and the level of interest he created.”