Our former England international stopper – who spent over a decade at White Hart Lane and won the League Cup with us in 1999 – popped in at Hotspur Way and was able to see, first hand, our present-day goalkeepers in training.
The 42-year-old, who made 313 first team appearances for us between 1991 and 2001 before joining Leicester City, was amazed at the marvellous facilities our players now have at their disposal – and was pleased to catch up with a few familiar faces, his former team-mate and our current Assistant Head Coach Steffen Freund chief among them.
“The training ground is fantastic,” enthused Ian, who later played for Bolton Wanderers before the end of his playing career in 2008. “It’s great to see the facility that the players are in now – when I was playing it wasn’t so glamorous!
“It’s been fantastic to come along and to watch the goalkeepers train today was good as well. It’s nice to be down here and to see Steffen Freund and a few of the other guys as well.
“I came back last year to watch a couple of games. It’s always great to be around the place, to go to the ground again and see all the fans and watch the team play – I always enjoy that.”
Ian, who is now the goalkeeping coach at Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, is back in the UK for a short time and was pleased to catch up with the tremendous progress of promising goalkeeper Jordan Archer – who Ian took to Bishop’s Stortford on loan during his time as manager of the Conference South club in 2011.
Ian also took time out to answers questions from supporters in another of our hugely popular Twitter Q&As – make sure you follow us @SpursOfficial to read his thoughts and those of a host of other players, past and present.