'Special night' as duo join Hall of Fame
15 October 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Supporters flocked to White Hart Lane on Thursday night to join Graham Roberts and Paul Miller as the legendary defensive duo were inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame.
The centre-backs became a formidable force when they teamed up in the heart of our defence as we enjoyed tremendous success in the early 1980s.
Famed for their hard-line approach, they helped us lift back-to-back FA Cups in 1981 and 1982, while scoring a goal apiece over the two legs of our famous UEFA Cup Final victory over Anderlecht in 1984.
Graham, who played 287 games for us between 1980 and 1986, and Paul, with 285 appearances between 1979 and 1987 to his name, were joined by family members, friends, former team-mates and supporters at a sell-out event at our world-famous stadium to mark their induction – and both underlined just what the wonderful turn-out meant to them on the night.
“It’s absolutely fantastic,” said Graham. “I’m delighted to be inducted and I know ‘Maxy’ is as well. I got a phone call on the way here from Steve Perryman congratulating the both of us as well. It’s a great honour to be in the Hall of Fame.”
Paul added: “It’s very nice, wonderful in fact. Spurs has been part of my life since I was 13. I’ve got some great memories and this rounds it all off nicely. It’s a real honour to join the good and the great of Tottenham Hotspur.”
Former players Ossie Ardiles, Tony Galvin, Mark Falco, Micky Hazard and Paul Allen, plus ex-manager Peter Shreeves, joined the duo at the Lane for their big night and Ossie highlighted just how influential Graham and Paul were on the pitch.
“They were wonderful players to play with,” said the 1978 Argentine World Cup winner. “They were always there, very strong guys, very good characters and they always wanted to win. There are a lot of people here tonight to celebrate with them and I’m very happy for them.”
Former striker Mark, who also lined up in our 1984 UEFA Cup-winning side, added: “They’ve served the club well and obviously they’ve got a great record here, so it’s lovely to see them getting the rewards at the end of it. They worked well as a pairing and they still enjoy each other’s company now, so it’s a special night for them.”