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Spurs Dream Team

Posted on 23 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.

We've running daily polls to determine our Dream XI by positions and we've only four slots left - and possibly the toughest to decide!

We've already nominated goalkeeper, full-backs, centre-backs and the wingers so it's the turn of the central midfielders today and finally the strikers on Thursday.

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

David Ginola and Chris Waddle will take their positions on the flanks after polling 49 and 26 per cent of yesterday's vote.

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


Danny Blanchflower: 382 appearances, 21 goals, 1954-64: Inspirational captain of the double side and one of the finest players to pull on the white shirt. Barely missed a game in 10 years at the club, had every attribute, skilful, graceful, passing and superb reader of the game. PFA Player of the Year in 1958 and 1961, also lifted the FA cup in 1962 and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1963. Retired in 1964, aged 38. Capped 56 times by Northern Ireland, lost his life to illness in 1993.

Dave Mackay: 318 appearances, 51 goals, 1958-1968: Described by Bill Nicholson as his best signing, Dave Mackay was the heartbeat of the double-winning side and one of the club's greatest players. Scottish Player of the Year in 1958 before moving to Spurs, where he was famed for his tough tackling, stamina, enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude. Recovered from broken leg to lead side in 1967 FA Cup Final. Moved to Derby in 1968, later managed Forest, Swindon and took Derby to title in 1975.

John White: 219 appearances, 47 goals, 1959-1964: Blessed with immaculate ball control, trickery and balance, he was faster and more direct and his constant movement made him very difficult to mark - hence his nickname, 'The Ghost'. Ever-present in the double season, White went on to claim another FA Cup in 1962 and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1963 and won 18 Scotland caps. Tragically killed by lightning on the golf course in 1964.


Steve Perryman: 851 (3) appearances, 39 goals, 1969-1986: Played in a host of positions in his 17 years at the club. Captain for 10 years and holds the record for most Spurs appearances, over 1,000 including friendlies. Tough, enthusiastic, a leader. Won the UEFA Cup in 1972 and League Cups in 1971 and 73 before leading club back from relegation to glory days of the early 1980s and two further FA Cups and the UEFA Cup. Capped once by England and won Football Writers Player of the Year in 1982. Later returned for spell as manager, also has spells at Oxford and Brentford before making a successful career as coach and manager alongside Ossie Ardiles in Japan. Awarded MBE.

Ossie Ardiles: 293 (18) appearances, 25 goals, 1978-1987: Stunned the football world with his arrival at Spurs with Ricky Villa after winning the World Cup with Argentina in 1978. Creative midfielder formed dream team with Glenn Hoddle. Always wanted the ball, rarely gave it away and his determination and strength belied his small frame. Later recovered from two broken legs to play a final season in 1986-87. Famed for 'Ossie's Dream' record and winning the 1981 FA Cup. Later managed Spurs, Swindon, WBA and Newcastle before success with Steve Perryman in Japan.

Glenn Hoddle: 478 (12) appearances, 110 goals, 1975-1987: Mercurial midfielder, the most skilful of his generation. Exquisite touch, sublime vision, his passing second to none. Scored some wonder goals - think volleys against United and Forest, the cracker at Anfield, the chip at Watford, the run and finish v Oxford - and created countless others. Won the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982, scoring in the finals. Capped 53 times by England and the debate still rages whether or not it should it have been more. Moved to Monaco in 1987 and back as player-manager of Swindon, manager of Chelsea and then England. Returned to Lane as boss in 2001 but unfortunately it didn't work out.


Graham Roberts: 276 (11) appearances, 36 goals, 1980-1987: Powerhouse midfielder with more to his game than pure aggression, Roberts lived the dream of progressing from non-league to lifting the UEFA Cup as skipper having scored a vital goal in the second legs of the final in 1984. Seen as Glenn Hoddle's 'midfield minder' but also won penalty in 1982 FA Cup Final AND famously dispatched Charlie Nicholas into Row Z at Highbury in 1986. Won two FA Cups, the UEFA Cup and six England caps. Moved to Rangers in 1987 before spells at Chelsea and WBA. Now manager of Carshalton.

Paul Gascoigne: 110 (2) appearances, 33 goals, 1988-1991: England's most talented modern-day midfielder unfortunately beset by injury and ill luck. Made his name at Newcastle before big-money move to Spurs and then hit the heights in the 1990 World Cup. Lazio came in for him but after inspiring our run to the 1991 FA Cup Final - including that free-kick - he badly damaged knee ligaments. Still moved to Lazio where he broke his leg and cheek. Returned to Rangers, lit up the Scottish scene and then helped England to semi-finals of Euro 96. Later played for Everton, Middlesbrough and Burnley before a spell in China. Won 57 England caps.