Legends back in action for John White memorial match
A reminder that the Spurs Legends are back in action this Saturday (May 18) in a special memorial match for ex-Tottenham star John White, one of the heroes of our 1961 Double-winning side.
John tragically lost his life back in July 1964 aged just 27, but his influence and endeavours in the Lilywhite shirt are set to be remembered this weekend with a commemorative friendly match.
Born in Musselburgh, John was a full international for Scotland, and prior to signing for Spurs in 1959, he represented both Alloa Athletic and Falkirk north of the border. He was posthumously inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
A testimonial match was held at White Hart Lane for John during the year of his death, but this weekend, a fresh tribute is being held in his memory, with a number of his fellow former Spurs players doing their bit.
The Spurs Legends team is set to take on FC ScotSpurs, a dedicated team of Scottish fans of Tottenham, in a memorial match for John.
Poignantly, John’s son Rob is set to play for FC ScotSpurs against the team of ex-White Hart Lane favourites, which regularly features the likes of Mark Falco, Paul Miller, Tony Galvin, Clive Wilson and Garry Brooke.
John’s close friend Cliff Jones, who had been playing golf with John on the day of his death, has also been invited to the event to kick the game off.
Rob White, John’s son, explained: “I was contacted at the start of 2012 by Gavin McDonald from FC ScotSpurs, which is, as the name implies, a Spurs supporters’ team based in Scotland. Gavin was telling me about a game that they had arranged the previous summer against the Falkirk Supporters’ team, which was billed as a John White memorial match, Falkirk being the club that my dad was at before he signed for Spurs.
“Gavin asked me whether I would be happy for him to try and arrange another memorial match, but this time against a Spurs Legends team. I said that not only would I be happy for him to arrange such a match, but I would jump at the chance of playing in the game. As I'm now approaching my 50th birthday I'm starting to question the sanity of my offer, but looking forward to captaining the side.
“For me it's great to know that not only is my father seen as a Spurs Legend, but is also still loved and remembered in Scotland.”
Gavin McDonald of FC ScotSpurs added: “We feel that as a Scottish Spurs group, its particularly fitting that we should pay tribute to a Scottish Spurs Legend, taken away in his prime.
“Spurs of course are a club with very many links to Scotland and Scottish players.”
Spurs Legends regular Tony Galvin added: “I remember him (John White) playing when I was very young. One of the first games I ever remember watching was the European Cup Winners’ Cup final of 1963 against Atletico Madrid, and of course John was part of that famous team.
“My dad always said to me that John was a great player, and it’s important that we remember someone who was cut down in his absolute prime.”
Kick-off will be at 2pm on Saturday, with the match taking place at Colebrook Royals FC, The Pavilion, Grange Farm Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DP.
With the first team set for Sunday’s big finish in the Barclays Premier League, why not pop along to Chigwell on Saturday afternoon to join some of our ex-players remember a true Tottenham great?