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Spurs Dream Team

Posted on 21 June 2004  - 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).

This is YOUR chance to pick YOUR modern-day Spurs Dream Team via YOUR votes on our online poll.

The Dream Team will be selected of players from 1960 onwards.

For the rest of the week, we'll be running daily polls to determine our Dream XI by positions - we've nominated goalkeeper and full-back, it's the turn of the centre-backs today, wingers tomorrow, central midfielders on Wednesday and finally strikers next Thursday.

We'll then announce our Dream Team, as voted by you, on Friday.

Stephen Carr and Cyril Knowles won the full-back vote with 53 and 30 per cent of the poll respectively.


So, next up, the two will qualify...

Maurice Norman: 411 appearances, 19 goals, 1955-66: Initially a full-back before successful switch to centre-half, where he was cornerstone of the defence in the double side. Great anticipation and comfortble on the ball. Won double, FA Cup in 1962 and Cup Winners Cup in 1963 before broken leg ended his career. Capped 23 times by England.

Mike England: 397 appearances, 19 goals, 1966-75: Arrived for £95,000, a then record fee for a defender. Powerful in the air and always a threat at attacking set-pieces allied with turn of pace and great on the ball. Won FA Cup in 1967, UEFA Cup in 1972 and League Cup in 1973 but injury ruled him out of 1971 League Cup. Capped 44 times by Wales, left for Cardiff in 1975.

Phil Beal: 417 (3) appearances, 1 goal, 1963-1975: Didn't have the easiest of times in his earlier career at the Lane but eventually settled alongside Mike England as we clinched two League Cups in 1971 and 1973 and the 1972 UEFA Cup. Initially got his chance at right-back but broken arm in 1967 ruled him out of FA Cup. Eventually came back into the side for departed Dave Mackay and sorely missed when he left for Brighton in 1975.


Paul Miller: 281 (4) appearances, 10 goals, 1978-1987: Centre-half in glory days of the early 1980s and shrugged off the arrivals of the likes of Lacy, Price and Stevens. Strong in the tackle, powerful in the air who survived down periods to head home one of the most important goals in the club's history in the UEFA Cup Final first leg at Anderlecht. Won that UEFA Cup in 1984 as well as the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982. Left for Charlton in 1987.

Gary Mabbutt: 585 (26) appearances, 38 goals, 1982-1998: Legendary centre-half and skipper for most of his 16 years at the club, overcame diabetes, a serious facial injury and a broken leg to rack up over 600 appearances. Initially a midfielder, moved to the back in 1985 and formed superb partnership with Richard Gough in the so near, yet so far1986-87 season. Awarded an MBE, greatest moment lifting the FA Cup at Wembley in 1991.

Richard Gough: 65 appearances, 2 goals, 1986-87: So strong in the air and tackle but also skilful and a defender who always had time on the ball. Forged a great understanding with Gary Mabbutt as David Pleat's men reached the FA Cup Final, the semi-finals of the League Cup and finished third in the league. Unfortunately soon returned to Scotland and Rangers, leaving fans wondering what might have been.

Ledley King: 126 (4) appearances, 5 goals, 1999-: Placed himself in international class with superb performances against France in Euro 2004. Strong defender with great feet and passing ability, played most of 2003-04 season in midfield. Has progressed through Academy and looks set to become England squad regular for years to come.