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Posted on 7 May 2008  - 12:00

To celebrate the induction of two of our finest strikers into the Hall of Fame on Thursday night we caught up with Clive Allen and Teddy Sheringham to talk about their time at the club.

To celebrate the induction of two of our finest strikers into the Hall of Fame on Thursday night we caught up with Clive Allen and Teddy Sheringham to talk about their time at the club.

How did you feel when you first joined Spurs?
Teddy: "I remember my first game at the Lane, it was a night match against Sheffield United and I recall looking around the stadium as we came out and the atmosphere was just brilliant. I’d been at the club on schoolboy forms but got released, so I thought I’d never have the chance to play for Tottenham. When I did, those memories came flashing back and it was great to finally achieve my aim. I still think it’s one of the best stadiums in the country, especially when things are going well."

Clive: "I thought in a funny sort of way that I was always destined to play for the club. I always felt comfortable when I joined because I used to come to the ground many times with my father, he used to bring me as a little boy to games where I would meet Bill Nick and the rest of the players and staff, so it always felt right. It was a wonderful feeling but one that I was never overawed about and I was very honoured and pleased that I did get that chance to play for Spurs."

What was your favourite goal for the club?
Teddy: "Probably the goal against Chelsea in the semi-final of the League Cup. The whole night was special. We hadn’t beaten Chelsea for years and were losing 2-1 from the first leg but we absolutely romped home with a fantastic performance from everyone. I scored a nice goal, Darren Anderton played a great ball into Gus, he chested it down for me and I hit a shaped volley which flew into the back of the net to make it 3-0. It didn’t seal the tie but put us in the driving seat and we went on to win well. "

Clive: "The 1987 FA Cup Final goal will always stand out because of the magnitude of the game, likewise the two goals in the semi-final that year. I also scored three goals against Arsenal in the semi-finals of the League Cup that year as well, so there have been some important goals but it’s difficult to say which was my favourite. I remember scoring a left-foot volley against Norwich to complete a hat-trick while probably the most difficult one I scored came against Arsenal, it was with the outside of my right boot which fizzed into the bottom corner against David Seaman. It came at Highbury, which also always makes it special!"

What was your best game for the club?
"Either that one against Chelsea or maybe beating Liverpool at Anfield in the quarter-final of the FA Cup. That was a fantastic, playing up front with Jurgen and playing so well that day. To get applauded off the pitch by the Liverpool fans after we’d beaten their team was something special."

Clive: "Looking back, I think one of the best games I played in was a Boxing Day game against West Ham which we won 4-0 in the 1986-87 season - that was as well as the team played all season. The passing, movement and fluidity of the team was second to none that day, we were on a good run and the performance was unbelievable. I just felt we could do anything that day and everyone played their part in a comfortable victory."

Who was your favourite strike partner while at Spurs?
"Most definitely Klinsmann. I really enjoyed the early days with Nicky Barmby when things started to take off under Terry Venables, but that didn’t last and it took a while for us to get going again. But then Jurgen joined us and the excitement from the fans and players as well was brilliant. I was like a little kid, so excited to have him in the team. I loved playing alongside him. He was very infectious and his enthusiasm rubbed off on others. He was like a kid as well going out to play, you’d see him around the ground with his blond hair bouncing all over the place, he was just so alive. Jurgen was a fantastic player, he could score a goal out of nothing and could volley goals in from up around his ears. A brilliant player."

Clive: "I enjoyed playing alongside Mark Falco. We’d gone back a long way, we played against each other in schools football and also in the youth teams, then we hooked up here when I joined Spurs. I just felt we had a really good understanding. I thought Mark was a very under-rated player, he was a top goalscorer and a great target man and always felt he was a good partner for me. We were put together but it worked very well."

How do you sum up your time at Spurs?
"Obviously I loved playing for Tottenham which is why I came back a second time but we didn’t really do as well as we should have done. We had good sides, good times and played some fantastic football but we didn’t achieve what we set out to do in terms of winning things. In my time I didn’t win anything with Spurs so that was disappointing. At the same time though, you are in the entertainment business, and while you’re in the game to win things, to have fans come up to you and say they enjoyed those times so much is nice to hear."

Clive: "As a player, I achieved everything I wanted to achieve with the exception of winning trophies. We were close in the championship and the League Cup and extremely close in the FA Cup Final against Coventry, but the experiences were fantastic. At that time the team played the football that Tottenham is renowned for and we maintained those traditions and provided the entertainment everyone expects. I was just pleased to be part of that with the rest of the players at the time."

How do you feel to be joining some true Spurs legends in the Hall of Fame?
"I am very honoured, especially when you look at the things some of those players won during their time here. There are players in the Hall of Fame that I looked up to such as Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa and Glenn Hoddle. When you see what they won and how they played the game in their era, it’s a real honour to be joining Spurs greats like that."

Clive: "It is absolutely fantastic. When you set about playing football as a kid, you dream about playing for a big football club and if you can play for the team you supported, it is a wonderful feeling. The players already in the Hall of Fame are quite rightly the legends of this football club and I feel very proud and privileged to be named among them."