Continuing our series featuring some of the many highlights of the epic Tottenham Hotspur Opus – the biggest and best book ever written and produced about the Club.
14 – Joy and Pain – The Raconteur – Alan Mullery
Alan Mullery was the captain who was cast out into the wilderness, only to bounce back and become a Spurs legend. Today he is just as energetic in conversation as he was as a player and remembers those days fondly…
The team that won the 1967 FA Cup were very close to being another great Tottenham Hotspur team, weren’t they?
Alan Mullery: “Mike England was as good as any centre-half in the country. Huge, tall man, good feet, fantastic in the air – really dominant. He loved it in London, it was a big wide world to him, coming there from Blackburn. Cyril Knowles – beautiful left foot and a very good tackler. Joe Kinnear was very good on the ball and an excellent reader of a situation.
"Alan Gilzean: the easiest way to explain Gilly would be [Dimitar] Berbatov. Berbatov has a bigger frame, but all the ability he’s got, Alan had. A tremendous header of the ball. People used to call him and Greavsie ‘The G Men’. They were the two best forwards in the country. You had people like Denis Law and Bestie playing in those days, but as a pair, Gilly and Greavsie were fantastic.
"The most amazing thing was that after winning The FA Cup in 1967, the following season Dave Mackay went, and between then and 1970 we didn’t win a cup. Then we won the League Cup in 1971 and the UEFA Cup in 1972, so it took another three years to build a side without Mackay as captain.”
Alan Mullery is featured in conversation over four pages in the ‘Joy and Pain’ section of the Opus.
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