Maxy making more memories
12 October 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Paul Miller describes his Spurs career as a ‘fairytale story’ – and the latest chapter sees him inducted into our Hall of Fame on Thursday night.
The defender joined the club as a schoolboy and made the grade to play 285 games for us between 1979-87.
During that time, ‘Maxy’ helped us to back-to-back FA Cups in 1981 and 1982 (he played in all four final matches, as both went to extra time) and then the famous UEFA Cup triumph of 1984. He played a crucial role as we beat Anderlecht over two legs, netting the equalising goal in Belgium.
Now he’ll join the greats with his friend and team-mate Graham Roberts in a double induction at the Lane on Thursday evening (October 15).
“It’s been a fairytale story for me from the age of 12, when I first came here,” reflected Paul (pictured, above, up against Arsenal's Paul Davis in 1983). “I was a schoolboy here in 1973 and left school aged 15 in 1975. I’d be here four days a week. I signed as an apprentice in 1976 and professional forms in 1977.
“It was like my second home, even then. I’m a Bethnal Green boy and I used to get the ‘rattler’ from Bethnal Green to White Hart Lane or the 149 and 253 bus. For four years, before I could drive, that’s how I got here.
“I was part of a successful youth squad that came through together and during the success we had, two-thirds of that squad were home-grown players.
“It’s still my club, still my family and we’re still very close, we play football, golf and see a lot of each other.”
As for seeing his portrait on the Hall of Fame in the tunnel at the Lane, Paul added: “You are talking about my heroes as a boy, the greats of the club and it’s wonderful to be part of that.
“To be part of the club’s history like this as we prepare to move into a new stadium is something special.
“It’s a great time for my family as well, my two daughters Charlotte and Amy. They don’t remember daddy playing, but it’s nice for them to see that recognition later in life.”