Stevie P and Greavsie join our Hall of Fame
20 April 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Steve Perryman said he was 'honoured and privileged' to be inducted into our Hall of Fame alongside Jimmy Greaves in a special evening at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night.
Team-mates of the all-time greats gathered to pay tribute to two men who have played such a huge part in the Club's history.
Unfortunately Jimmy was unable to attend as he continues his rehabilitation from the stroke he suffered last year.
His team-mates Alan Gilzean, Phil Beal, Pat Jennings and Martin Chivers joined his two sons, Andy and Danny plus grandson James alongside Glenn Hoddle, John Pratt, Micky Hazard, John Lacy, Mark Falco, Paul and Clive Allen, Paul Miller, Graham Roberts, Ossie Ardiles and Steve's manager in the glory days of the early 1980s, Keith Burkinshaw.
Inspirational former captain Steve played for us between 1969 and 1986, making a Club record 854 first team appearances in all competitions. Playing initially in midfield and latterly as part of our defence at right-back, he helped us to victory in the League Cup in 1971, UEFA Cup in 1972 and League Cup again in 1973 before leading the team to the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982 and UEFA Cup in 1984.
Below: The Greaves family at the Lane - from left, son Andy, grandson James, son Danny
One of the best goalscorers ever seen in the game, Jimmy hit 266 goals in 379 appearances for us in the league, FA and League Cups and Europe during his nine-year stint at White Hart Lane, lifting two FA Cups (1962, 1967) and the European Cup Winners Cup (1963) along the way.
Asked what it meant to join the Hall of Fame, Steve said: "It’s a very proud day. I’m honoured and privileged to be part of this select group of players who have served the club so well.
"It seems such a long time ago that I first walked through those gates when I was 14.
"I’d been spotted playing for Ealing Schoolboys and been invited for training. I’d never seen the club play before then but was aware of what Tottenham Hotspur and Bill Nicholson stood for.
"I played for England Schoolboys as well and had offers from about 30 clubs. Suffice to say, I joined Spurs.
"Why did I join Spurs? The history, the tradition, the people and the warmth of the place, including the great Bill Nicholson.
"It was almost as if Bill's staff were hand-picked. They all treated you rightly, with respect, of course they could nail you if you stepped out of line, but it was an unbelievable place.
"I’d like to say I enjoyed every single day, of course there were highs and lows, disappointments as well, but I enjoyed everything this club had to offer.
Below: Steve back on familiar territory at the Lane
"I think we were good for each other, I think I gave value for money and did my bit.
"This club has allowed me to meet some of the best people you could wish to meet and I’m not just talking about the players, I’m talking about all the wonderful people who created the environment here for us to have a successful team. I’m very happy and very proud."
Proceeds will be made available through the Tottenham Tribute Trust to the Greaves family. Since Jimmy suffered a stroke last May, the Club and the Tottenham Tribute Trust have been working closely with Jimmy and his family to ensure his needs have been met during his period of recuperation.