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Posted on 17 June 2008  - 12:00

We give you the lowdown on our classic strike partnership of the 1970s - Martin Chivers and Alan Gilzean...

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What is the best Spurs strike partnership of all time? Well here's your chance to have your say...

We've put up five contenders for this striking crown with partnerships from each of the last five decades - 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and the 2000s - all listed below.

Today, we look at the dream ticket from the 1970s - Martin Chivers and Alan Gilzean.

In the meantime, the voting remains open - click on the relevant email below...

MARTIN CHIVERS / ALAN GILZEAN
After the departure of Jimmy Greaves at the start of the decade, Chivers took up the mantle as Gilzean's strike partner in the 1970s, and the pair fired us to two League Cups and a UEFA Cup.

Gilzean was already a Scotland international when the great Bill Nicholson brought him to the Lane from Dundee in 1964, and he immediately hit it off with Greaves as we lifted the FA Cup three years later.

Greaves was going to be a hard act to follow, but there was already a partner in-waiting for Gilzean in the shape of Big Chiv. He had joined in January 1968, and once he became a first-team regular alongside Gilzean, there was no stopping him.

He went on to score an incredible 202 goals for the Club in 415 first-team appearances, putting him third place in our all-time list of goalscorers. Chivers was the goalscoring hero in both the 1971 League Cup Final win over Aston Villa, and the 1972 UEFA Cup Final against Wolverhampton Wanderers before leaving for Swiss outfit Servette in 1976.

Gilzean, meanwhile, went on to score 133 goals in 429 Spurs appearances before heading off to play in South Africa in 1974. He represented his country 17 times during his time at The Lane.

Is the Chivers/Gilzean partnership the best?

Here are the contenders...

Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Smith: One of the most feared partnerships both in England and Europe, they helped us to the FA Cup in 1962 and Cup Winners Cup in 1963. CLICK HERE TO VOTE

1970s: Martin Chivers and Alan Gilzean: After the departure of Greaves, Chivers and Gilzean led the line as we won the League Cup in 1971 and 1973 and UEFA Cup in 1972. CLICK HERE TO VOTE

1980s: Steve Archibald and Garth Crooks: Partnership a key part in the return of the glory days of the early 1980s with FA Cup wins in 1981 and 1982. CLICK HERE TO VOTE

1990s: Jurgen Klinsmann and Teddy Sheringham: No trophies but a memorable partnership in 1994-95 with 52 goals between them in all competitions and that great FA Cup win at Anfield. CLICK HERE TO VOTE

2000s: Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane: Scored 45 and 46 goals between them respectively in 2006-07 and 2007-08, helping us to fifth place in 06-07 and the League Cup last term. CLICK HERE TO VOTE

We'll have the results on Monday, June 23.