Hall Of Fame: Maurice Norman (1955-65)
Maurice Norman was a cornerstone of our all-conquering side of the early 1960s.
Born in Norfolk, Norman arrived at Spurs from Norwich City for £28,000 in November 1955 as a full-back to replace Alf Ramsey and he immediately settled into the role.
However, an injury in September 1956 forced him out for six months and by the time he returned, Peter Baker had taken over the right-back role, a role he would keep for another seven years.
Towards the end of that season he moved to replace John Ryden as centre-half and by the middle of the next season he'd made that role his own and would, like Baker at right-back, stay there for years to come.
Norman delevopled into one of the best centre-backs in the game and was a member of England's 1958 World Cup squad before eventually earning the first of his 23 caps in 1962.
Tall, confident and strong in the tackle, Norman's days at right-back had also brought a fine positional sense and ability on the ball. He was also one of the first defenders to go up for corners.
Norman missed just one game in the double season and followed up with the FA Cup in 1962 and UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1963.
He moved back to full-back after the arrival of Laurie Brown and semi-retirement of Ron Henry but his career came to an abrupt end when he suffered a terrible broken leg in a friendly against a Hungarian Select XI in November 1965, aged just 31.
Despite a two-year fight back to fitness, he never played again.