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Happy retirement Gerry

Posted on 7 May 2003  - 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).

Gerry Lambert, Head of Security here at White Hart Lane, celebrated his 65th birthday last Wednesday. That day also signalled the end of an era, as he retired after 21 years with the club.

Born and brought up in nearby Edmonton, where he has lived all his life, Gerry's association with Spurs dates back to 1948-49. It was during that season that Gerry first attended matches as a supporter, standing on The Shelf and cheering on his Spurs heroes.

"We were in Division Two when I first started coming to The Lane," recalls Gerry. "And I saw Bill Nicholson play, although Dave Mackay is my favourite. He was an all round top player."

Following his two-year National Service, Gerry had several varied jobs, from coalman to cabinet maker, before he joined the staff here at Spurs in February, 1982.

Gerry takes up the story: "I had been made redundant and a friend of mine told me to come along to the club, as they were taken on part-time security staff following the opening of the new West Stand.

And within weeks of his appointment, Gerry had already made three trips to Wembley! He recalls: "After a month, I was on the team bus going to the Milk Cup Final, and we then had two trips back for the F.A. Cup Final and Replay.

"When we won the Cup in 1982, after the Thursday night replay, all the staff and players came back to the ground and had a party in The Chanticleer in Paxton Road. I remember coming out of the back door at 6am the next morning, having a quick shower and starting my shift!"

European football is another fond memory, as Gerry has also enjoyed trips with the team to Feyenoord, Real Madrid, Lazio, FC Porto and Anderlecht, to name but a few.

"I have certainly seen some characters come and go," he smiles. "And Steve Perryman has to be the best. He was a captain on and off the field and really looked after everyone.

"I definitely have some fond memories to take away with me," Gerry concludes. "And I'm sure I'll be popping back to watch a few games here and there."

Everyone at the club would like to wish Gerry a very happy retirement and thank him for his 21 years service.