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Your Say: The greatest?

Posted on 24 January 2001  - 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).

Glenn Hoddle is the greatest ever Spur &mdash&#59; according to you. <P class=MsoNormal>Hundreds of you had Your Say and the midfield maestro walked off with over 30 per cent of the total vote. <P class=MsoNormal>It was always going to be a subject that would spark a great debate &mdash&#59; the whole reason behind our new Your Say feature &mdash&#59; and as if to prove it over 30 different players were nominated by fans. <P class=MsoNormal>But it was clear from day one that Hoddle would be the man and worthy winner of the title &lsquo&#59;King of the Lane&rsquo&#59;. <P class=MsoNormal>Jimmy Greaves was next up with 13.3 per cent followed by Dave Mackay, Jurgen Klinsmann and Paul Gascoigne. <P class=MsoNormal><I><B>Here is&nbsp&#59;your top 10:</I></B> <P class=MsoNormal>1 Glenn Hoddle 32.6% (of total votes cast) <P class=MsoNormal>2 Jimmy Greaves 13.2% <P class=MsoNormal>3 Dave Mackay 7.6% <P class=MsoNormal>4 Jurgen Klinsmann 5.6% <P class=MsoNormal>5 Paul Gascoigne 5.3% <P class=MsoNormal>6 Danny Blanchflower 5.0% <P class=MsoNormal>7 Pat Jennings 4.0% <P class=MsoNormal>8 Gary Lineker 3.3% <P class=MsoNormal>9 Gary Mabbutt 2.6% <P class=MsoNormal>10 Chris Waddle 2.3% <P class=MsoNormal>Others nominated: Alan Gilzean, Cliff Jones, Ossie Ardiles, John White, Darren Anderton, Bill Nicholson, Steve Perryman, Stephen Carr, David Ginola, John Pratt, Martin Chivers, Clive Allen, Ricky Villa, Stuart Nethercott, George Robb, Paul Allen, Sol Campbell, Colin Calderwood, Ramon Vega, Sergei Rebrov, Graham Roberts, Chris Hughton, Eric Thorsvedt, Steffen Freund. <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal><B><I>And here are some of the things you had to say:</B></I> <P class=MsoNormal>There&rsquo&#59;s only one player and that is Glenn Hoddle. I was fortunate enough to see the best years of his career in a Lilywhite shirt. And what a gem he was. Class personified.<SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-bidi-font-size: 8.5pt&#59; mso-ansi-language: EN-US"></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN lang=EN-US style="mso-bidi-font-size: 8.5pt&#59; mso-ansi-language: EN-US">Rajesh Bhangeerothee<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <IMG align=left src="../title_images/dave_mackay.jpg"> <P class=MsoNormal>In my opinion Dave Mackay was the greatest. He was strong, both in the tackle and mentally, could pass, head the ball (correctly) score goals and was an exemplary captain&#59; he never, ever let Spurs down. <P class=MsoNormal>Steven Dale <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Gary Mabbutt is truly a great because he was by far and away a truly model professional and played out his career with diabetes, which must have been difficult. <P class=MsoNormal>Nik Marston <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Pat Jennings. Longevity, consistency, ability, sportsmanship. The vote usually goes to the glamour boys, Gascoigne, Hoddle, Ardiles etc. But Pat, the gentle giant, tops them all in his own quiet way. <P class=MsoNormal>Peter Yates <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Glenn Hoddle. He was the star of the show when I started to follow Spurs in the late 70's, and although we had many great players down the years, I can still see that turn, and delicately chipped shot from the corner of the box, over the Watford keeper&rsquo&#59;s head. Inspired. <P class=MsoNormal>Mark Delbridge <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Glenn Hoddle. Who needs fifty words when two will suffice &mdash&#59; pure class! <P class=MsoNormal>Jona Aucott, Nuneaton <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>In my opinion Danny Blanchflower is the greatest Spurs player of all time. He read games so well, had exquisite passing skills and his ability, as captain, to assess a situation and make changes on the pitch when things were not going well made him unique. We will never see his like again. <P class=MsoNormal>Malcolm McCarthy. <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Danny Blanchflower. Simply the best player, captain and tactician of the best team that I have seen in watching Spurs for 45 years. <P class=MsoNormal>Roy Joyce, Brentwood, Essex. <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>It has to be Danny Blanchflower, as graceful a player that has ever taken the field. The first captain to ever have achieved the double and the first to have held up high a European trophy. His motto,' the beautiful game' embodies Spurs supporters&rsquo&#59; aspirations to this day. <P class=MsoNormal>Peter Tomasevic <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>My nomination is Danny Blanchflower. Incredible grace, skill and coolness in all situations, a great passer of the ball who could split a defence wide open. No-one could read the game as well as Danny. An inspirational captain and leader of Tottenham's greatest ever team. <P class=MsoNormal>Margaret Evans. <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <IMG align=right src="../title_images/jimmy_greaves.jpg"> <P class=MsoNormal>For scoring 220 league goals in nine seasons Jimmy Greaves is the greatest Spurs player. His first goal v Leicester on October 5, 1968 is still the best I have seen. <P class=MsoNormal>Eric Diver, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Dave McKay. A fearless opponent, and awesome defender. A giant in his own generation. <P class=MsoNormal>Keith Head <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>It has to be Jimmy Greaves. His goal scoring record was second to none. If he was playing today his transfer value would be about &pound&#59;50 million and he'd be paid &pound&#59;100,000 a week. Long live Greavsey. <P class=MsoNormal>Mark and Colleen Holditch <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Hoddle is the single reason why supporting Spurs became so much more than just a passing interest. His vision and passing precision was second to none. Always available to receive the ball, his creativity has never been repeated. Scorer of spectacular goals, a team player, and surprisingly strong character that his play never suggested. Quite simply a genius on the playing field. <P class=MsoNormal>Howard Woolf <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>I nominate Jimmy Greaves. As a Spurs supporter of 38 years, he is the most lethal finisher I have witnessed at White Hart Lane. He seemed to stroke the ball into the net and never blasted it. <P class=MsoNormal>David Wells, Canterbury <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Steve Perryman, because he was Tottenham through and through, a true servant to his club. <P class=MsoNormal>John Hailes <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>As a Tottenham fan for 20-odd years there is only one name I would have on my lilywhite shirt and that is Glenn Hoddle. A better passer of the ball than Beckham and not a sarong in site. He could hit a gnat&rsquo&#59;s backside from 45 yards. Genius. <P class=MsoNormal>Darren Knight, North London <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>There is one man who really stands out - Dave Mackay. A born leader, a great inspiration to his team-mates, a genuine &lsquo&#59;hard man&rsquo&#59; but most of all he was a brilliant footballer. Probably the best all rounder of the last 50 years. <P class=MsoNormal>Nigel Barnes <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Alan Gilzean - he had the best hair. <P class=MsoNormal>Bruce Murray <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <IMG align=left src="../title_images/klinsmann1.jpg"> <P class=MsoNormal>I think that the greatest Spurs player of all time is Jurgen Klinsmann. Without doubt, our club's biggest ever superstar! <P class=MsoNormal>Dave Lacey <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>The greatest Tottenham Hotspur footballer ever is Dave Mackay. He was absolutely central to the most successful Tottenham team ever, never knew when he was beaten and is still spoken of by his generation as a type of player never seen again in football. His career record speaks for itself. <P class=MsoNormal>D Howlett <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>I believe the greatest Spurs player ever was Jimmy Greaves. He was a natural goalscorer- probably the greatest England has ever produced. His ball skills, his ability to take men on and create chances and to be in the right place at the right time make him my number one. <P class=MsoNormal>John Walford <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Glenn Hoddle- feet like hands. <P class=MsoNormal>Daniel Posner <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>I feel that the most influential player for Spurs during my 50 years of supporting them is Dave Mackay. It is a difficult choice bearing in mind the large number of fine players during that time but he combined skill, courage and a determination to win. <P class=MsoNormal>P Neill <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Danny Blanchflower is the best Tottenham player of all time. Just ask Bill Nicholson, the best Tottenham manager of all time. He had outstanding ball skills, leadership, guile, great in defence, brilliant in midfield, able to score goals. He inspired out team to win trophies. The best player of all time. <P class=MsoNormal>Roger Powell <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>John White had a superb position sense, coupled with silky skills.&nbsp&#59; His ability to steal into space unnoticed justified the title 'the ghost'.&nbsp&#59; John also had great stamina and strength a regularly reached double-figures for a season&rsquo&#59;s goal tally.&nbsp&#59;A complete player. <P class=MsoNormal>Nick Mitchell. <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Bill Nicholson. Starred in first team to play one-touch football thus responsible for inventing the game as we see it today. Then went on to manage us to become the best team in England and the first team to bring home a European trophy. <P class=MsoNormal>Ashley Morris <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <IMG align=left src="../title_images/000904_gazza_main.jpg"> <P class=MsoNormal>Paul Gascoigne is without doubt the greatest Spurs player of all time. He won us the 1991 FA Cup on his own with some unbelievable performances. Yes, we have had some other quality players such as Hoddle and Ginola who were also skilful, but they could not tackle, head the ball and work hard. Gascoigne had the lot and is the best player of his generation, if not ever. <P class=MsoNormal>Ian Gray <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>If anyone doubts that Glenn Hoddle was, is and always will be the greatest player ever to wear&nbsp&#59;a Spurs shirt - take a look at his&nbsp&#59;last goal scored at White Hart Lane against Oxford United.&nbsp&#59; I rest my case. <P class=MsoNormal>Graham Lawrence <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Danny Blanchflower. One of the club's greatest achievers, a player of skill, vision and quality, an excellent leader and inspiration and a civilised and honourable player and person. <P class=MsoNormal>Declan Cullen <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>It could have been Hoddle, Blanchflower or White - all of whom had the greatest flair and skill. But, it's hard to imagine anyone with a better blend of flair, skill, determination, courage, leadership and all-round heart, than Dave Mackay. He truly sums up all that is 'Audere est facere'. <P class=MsoNormal>David Cracknell <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Danny Blanchflower. He was the on-field brains behind the &lsquo&#59;double&rsquo&#59; side - a great leader and reader of the game. He was the replacement for Bill Nicholson on the pitch, able to influence and inspire the rest. And no mean player in his own right. <P class=MsoNormal>Peter Coton, Perth, Western Australia <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Glenn Hoddle was the greatest Spurs player of all time. Why ? He had skill, flair, imagination and a great footballing brain. I don't need to say anything else, do I? <P class=MsoNormal>Jeff Gregory, Townsville, Queensland, Australia <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>John White. The most creative player at the greatest British club side ever, Tottenham's 1961 double-winning team. The brain and the motor of team. <P class=MsoNormal>Pentti Pesonen <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Gary Mabbutt. Professionalism, sportsmanship, role model and always a team player. <P class=MsoNormal>Warren Davis-Hannibal <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="COLOR: black">Jimmy Greaves was the greatest ever spur because he scored goals regularly (337 in total, 220 for Spurs), when the "Double" side was in decline, when there were comparatively good forwards around like Law, Hurst, and Hunt, and hard men like Stiles, Bremner and Harris to tackle him, if they could.</SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="COLOR: black">Michael Toner</SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Bill Nicholson. Here is a guy who did it as a player, did it as a manager and is still doing it today in an executive capacity. If ever there could be a Mr Tottenham it would have to be him. Has lived, breathed, ate and slept Spurs almost his entire life! <P class=MsoNormal>Joe Perryman, Tampa, Florida <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>Paul 'Gazza' Gascoigne. Why? He was the most skilfully, exciting and entertaining footballer I have ever seen play for Tottenham Hotspur. <P class=MsoNormal>Chris Lunn <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p> <P class=MsoNormal>The Official Spurs Website would like to thank everyone who took part. Look out for the next Your Say &mdash&#59; on site on Thursday. <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p>