Cliff's clubs collide
04 December 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs Double-winning hero Cliff Jones expects a tight game between two of his former clubs at Craven Cottage this evening.
We take on Fulham in our second Premier League outing in four days as we seek to build on our encouraging 2-2 draw at home to Manchester United at the weekend.
And legendary Welsh winger Cliff, who finished his Football League career with a spell at Fulham after scoring 159 goals in 378 games for us between 1958 and 1968, knows both sides will be hungry for maximum points.
“There’s no doubt that the two teams will be looking to pick up the points,” said Cliff, 78.
“Both clubs are in a position where they need the points, Tottenham to keep in touch with that top four and Fulham to stay away from the relegation zone.”
Cliff was part of our hugely successful side during the 1960s – a decade in which we won the Double in 1961, further FA Cups in 1962 and 1967, and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963.
He went on to join Fulham – where he had the distinguished honour of being the first player signed by a man who would go on to become widely recognised as one of English football’s all-time greatest managers.
“I was Bobby Robson’s first signing as a football manager at Fulham,” Cliff recalled. “Johnny Haynes was over there, George Cohen – some very good players.
“But it just didn’t work out for me unfortunately. I had two seasons and then went into the Southern League (with King’s Lynn).
“Fulham was my last club as regards league football.”