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'Monty' on Daws

Posted on 23 August 2011  - 12:00

For many Spurs supporters, our Double-winning defender Maurice Norman was the best centre-half this club has ever seen.

'Monty' on Daws

For many Spurs supporters, our Double-winning defender Maurice Norman was the best centre-half this club has ever seen.

Norman was the consummate defensive destroyer; the man that manager Bill Nicholson relied on to provide the foundation for all that our great 1960-61 side achieved.

A powerful performer, he enjoyed testing himself against the most rugged centre-forwards around. He was totally dominant in the air and tackled like a bulldozer.

So when the big man takes time out to praise our current skipper Michael Dawson - and even compare him to himself - then it is a judgement that deserves acknowledgement.

Like Daws, Maurice was an England international who took great delight in battling away in areas where the boots were flying but where a successful challenge could be crucial.

“I like to watch Michael Dawson,” agrees Norman. “He is so good in the air, strong on the ground. I feel I see myself in his game. He plays a similar way to how I did.

“Yes, I have been extremely impressed by Dawson. He also distributes the ball well and intercepts passes, thus breaking up the opposition’s game.”

And, while considering the current side, did he think that Gareth Bale could have played in our Double team? Maurice certainly has no doubt.

“Gareth, in my opinion, would always fit into any side, including the Double team. With his wonderful turn of speed, power and confidence, he would be an asset to any side.”

Maurice was answering questions from Spurs supporters for the next issue of Hotspur magazine, which goes on sale this Friday.

And our legendary defender provoked such a response from fans young and old that he will also feature in the October issue!

Don’t miss what is always a great monthly read!