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Hall Of Fame: Danny Blanchflower

Posted on 8 June 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

One of the most inspirational footballers of all-time, Danny Blanchflower captained our famous double side in 1960-61 and left an indeliable mark in 10 years at the club.

One of the finest players to pull on the white shirt, Blanchflower was 28 when Arthur Rowe secured his signature for £30,000 from Aston Villa in December 1954.

He kick-started his professional career at home in Northern Ireland with Glentoran in December 1945 before his move to England and Barnsley for £6,500 in 1949.

Villa paid £15,000 for his services in 1951 before Rowe outbid Arsenal to bring him to the Lane. From his debut at Manchester City in 1954 through to retirement 10 years later, Blanchflower barely missed a game in clocking up 382 appearances for the club.

Blanchflower had every attribute an attacking wing-half needed, skilful, graceful, a superb passer of the ball and a superb reader of the game with a knack of finding space and hurting defences.

More than that though he was an inspirational captain who earned the respect of the players around him and a tactician who could take Bill Nicholson's game plans from the dressing room to the pitch.

He was named Player of the Year in 1957/58 - finishing that season by leading Northern Ireland to the quarter-finals of the World Cup - and won the same honour after our double success in 1961, this time at the age of 35.

Another FA Cup and skippering the side to Britain's first European honour in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1963 followed before a knee injury finally took it's toll and Blanchflower retired in June 1964, aged 38.

Having retired, Blanchflower excelled as a journalist but still returned to the game to manage Chelsea and Northern Ireland.

Sadly, he lost his life to a debilitating illness in 1993.