John tragically lost his life back in July 1964 aged just 27, but his influence and endeavours in the Lilywhite shirt are set to be remembered this weekend with a commemorative friendly match.
The Legends side, which regularly features the likes of Mark Falco, Tony Galvin, Clive Wilson and Stuart Nethercott, will be taking on a team of Scottish fans of Tottenham, known as FC ScotSpurs, with John’s son Rob White set to captain the fans’ team.
Kick-off will be at 2pm on Saturday, with the match taking place at Colebrook Royals FC, The Pavilion, Grange Farm Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DP.
Meanwhile, Teddy Sheringham bagged a hat-trick last Sunday (May 12) as the Spurs Legends ran out comfortable 6-0 winners against a team of celebrities at Leyton Orient FC.
Andy Sinton was also among the scorers in front of nearly 2,500 fans at Brisbane Road, as our official veterans’ side took part in a memorial match for John Docker, a popular ex-professional footballer who passed away last year.
Lining up against the Legends were Mark Wright and James ‘Arg’ Argent from TV’s The Only Way Is Essex, actor Danny Dyer, MC Harvey from So Solid Crew and Ray Lewis from the Drifters.
The first real chance fell to Spurs, as Garry Brooke’s searching diagonal ball found Sheringham cutting in from the right, and the former England front man struck a right-footed volley against the upright with seven minutes gone.
The celebrity side had the ball in the net at the other end a few minutes later, but they were denied by an off-side flag.
Mark Falco set up Sinton to try his luck from distance for Spurs, but his effort was always rising and the ball ultimately cleared the bar.
Sheringham fired Spurs into the lead on 15 minutes when he seized on a scuffed clearance and calmly steered the ball inside the far post.
The celebrity side forced Spurs goalkeeper Gareth Howells into a couple of diving saves, while at the other end, Brooke found the onrushing Falco with another good ball over the top, but the striker was off target as the first half drew to a close.
Spurs went 2-0 up five minutes after the restart when Jon Docker fittingly scored in his father’s memorial game, while Sinton curled a right-footed effort just wide of the back stick as a gap opened up for him 20 yards out.
The celebrity side had a penalty claim waved away by the referee in the 55th minute after a strong challenge by Stuart Nethercott, who later inherited a new central defensive partner upon the introduction of talkSPORT presenter Paul Hawksbee.
Micky Southam netted Spurs’ third goal in the 68th minute, while Sinton linked up well with Sheringham a few minutes later, the former stinging the palms of the goalkeeper with a shot from just inside the box.
Sheringham finished well under pressure from two defenders to make it 4-0 in the 81st minute, and four minutes later, Sinton thumped the ball home to add his side’s fifth of the afternoon.
Sheringham, on a hat-trick, was denied by a combination of the goalkeeper and his defenders on a couple of occasions in the closing minutes, but the front man finally completed his treble with the last kick of the game, completing a resounding win for the Legends.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Paul Miller, Justin Edinburgh, Andy Edmonds, Stuart Nethercott, Garry Brooke, Mark Falco, Andy Sinton, Teddy Sheringham, Jon Docker, Clive Wilson. Subs: Warren Gravette, Paul Hawksbee, Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Southam, James Jaconelli, Dean Floyd.