Spurs' Ultimate Team - final line-up revealed!
25 May 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Over the last few months, fans have been voting in their thousands as we’ve sought out Spurs’ Ultimate Team.
Five carefully-selected shortlists for each position – manager, goalkeeper, defenders, midfielders and forwards – have been whittled down to a final 11-man side by our supporters, with more than 175,000 votes cast on the Ultimate Team pages here on tottenhamhotspur.com.
The resulting line-up is shown in the video above and profiled below.
Now imagine what this team could do if they all took to the field at once – from Bill Nicholson’s inspirational leadership to the sheer firepower of Jimmy Greaves and Jurgen Klinsmann up front, this really is the cream of the crop!
The midfield features a tantalising array of skills with Gareth Bale, Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne and David Ginola all able to beat their markers with consummate ease, while the back four certainly has some longevity and leadership about it – Steve Perryman, Ledley King, Gary Mabbutt and Graham Roberts all having enjoyed lengthy careers at White Hart Lane and captained the side at various points in our history.
And in goal, our current skipper and last line of defence – the wonderfully agile Hugo Lloris is a safe pair of hands for this dream side.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of the XI our fans have selected as Spurs’ Ultimate Team...
MANAGER: BILL NICHOLSON
Mr Tottenham initially joined the ground staff at the Lane in 1936 and went on to play 341 times for us between 1938-54, winning the Second Division title in 1950 and the First Division crown in 1951 as part of our famous 'push and run' team. He took over as manager in 1958, won his first game 10-4 against Everton and didn't look back, delivering the league and FA Cup double in 1961, the FA Cup in 1962, European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963, FA Cup in 1967, League Cup in 1971, UEFA Cup in 1972 and League Cup again in 1973. In short, the greatest ever.
GOALKEEPER: HUGO LLORIS
French international captain who led his country at the 2014 World Cup, Hugo has produced a string of outstanding displays this season. He's now played well over 100 times for us in all competitions after joining from Lyon in the summer of 2012.
DEFENDER: LEDLEY KING
Modern-day great and one-club man, skipper and now Club Ambassador and Academy coach, Ledley made 323 appearances for us between 1999-2012, proudly lifting the League Cup at Wembley in 2008. Ledley came through our Academy system and is seen as one of the best central defenders of the modern era, his career unfortunately hampered and ultimately cut short by a serious knee injury.
DEFENDER: GARY MABBUTT
A model professional in the modern era, 'Mabbsy' played 611 games for Spurs in 16 years, placing him second only to the great Steve Perryman in our all-time appearance list and captained the team to FA Cup glory in 1991. Numbers alone don't tell the whole story though as Gary battled throughout his career against the affects of diabetes and managed to overcome a serious facial injury in 1993 and a broken leg that ruled him out of the 1996-97 season to become one of the club's all-time greats.
DEFENDER: STEVE PERRYMAN
Our record-appearance maker and inspirational captain, Steve came through the youth ranks to play over 850 times for us in a career spanning from 1969-1986. During that time, he won the League Cup twice, FA Cup twice and UEFA Cup twice (although he was suspended from the second leg in 1984), lifting the FA Cup as captain at Wembley.
DEFENDER: GRAHAM ROBERTS
An inspirational tale of a player who rose through the non-league ranks to lift the UEFA Cup as captain in 1984. Famed for his bite in the tackle, this born leader played 287 games for us between 1980-1986, lifting the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982 before his night to remember in 1984, when he scored the equaliser in the second leg of the final against Anderlecht before banging in his penalty on our way to a dramatic shoot-out victory at the Lane.
MIDFIELDER: GARETH BALE
A modern-day great, Gareth joined the club in the summer of 2007 and after a spell in and out of the team, grabbed his chance in an FA Cup tie against Peterborough United in January, 2010. Gareth showed what he could do on the biggest stage with a hat-trick at the San Siro in our 4-3 loss against Inter Milan in the Champions League in October, 2010, before sparkling against the Italians again in our 3-1 win at the Lane. Gareth went on to score 26 goals in all competitions in 2012-13 - taking his tally to 55 in 203 games in all competitions - before his move to Real Madrid.
MIDFIELDER: PAUL GASCOIGNE
A mercurial talent, Paul Gascoigne joined us from Newcastle in the summer of 1988. A big hit on the international scene with England at the World Cup in 1990, he played a key role in our 1991 FA Cup success – scoring one of our most memorable goals of all time with a long-range free-kick in the semi-final victory over rivals Arsenal. A popular character whose football was majestic at times, his Spurs career ended with 33 goals in 112 appearances to his name.
MIDFIELDER: DAVID GINOLA
'Le Magnifique' had already made his mark in England when he joined us from Newcastle in the summer of 1997. He soon became a modern-day Spurs legend, his dazzling skills down the left flank thrilling all at the Lane. A League Cup winner in 1999, there were many memorable goals along the way - not least a Ricky Villa-esque dribble at Barnsley in the FA Cup - as David clocked up 127 appearances and 22 goals in all competitions between 1997-2000. His performances scooped a PFA/Footballer of the Year double in 1999.
MIDFIELDER: GLENN HODDLE
One of the most skilful players to ever grace the game and often voted our greatest-ever player, Glenn spent 12 glorious years at the Lane between 1975-87. During that time he made 490 appearances in all competitions to place him in our all-time top five and one of only 16 players to score 100 goals for us with 110 in total. A master of the football, Glenn scored some of the best goals we've seen - his strikes against United and Forest, the famous chip against Watford and his solo goal against Oxford in 1987 to name just a few. He helped us lift the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982 - he scored in the '82 final and replay - was injured for the 1984 UEFA Cup and then started again in the 1987 FA Cup Final before moving to Monaco.
STRIKER: JIMMY GREAVES
Seen by many as the greatest goalscorer of all-time - let alone at Spurs - Jimmy tops our all-time goalscoring list with a staggering 266 goals in 379 appearances between 1961-70. Snapped up by Bill Nicholson in the season after we won the double, Jimmy formed a lethal partnership with Bobby Smith and scored in the final as we retained the FA Cup at Wembley and twice in the final as we made history by landing the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963. Jimmy added the 1967 FA Cup to his Spurs haul and eventually joined West Ham in 1970. Jimmy also stands fourth in England's all-time list with 44 goals in 57 caps and was part of the 1966 World Cup winning squad.
STRIKER: JURGEN KLINSMANN
German international striker Jurgen started as he meant to go on when he arrived at Spurs in the summer of 1994 from Monaco. He scored with a header on his Premier League debut against Sheffield Wednesday in August, 1994, and then saluted it with a ‘diving’ celebration that would become a trademark. He netted in similar fashion the following midweek against Everton and, by the end of the 1994-95 campaign, he'd notched 29 goals in all competitions – winning the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year award for his endeavours. He left us for Bayern Munich after only one season, but he was back mid-way through the 1997-98 campaign – signing on loan from Sampdoria – and scored some key goals to help us stave off relegation, memorably bagging four in a key 6-2 win at Wimbledon. He scored in his final game for us – a 1-1 draw at home to Southampton – in May, 1998, and ended his Spurs career with 38 goals in 68 appearances to his name.
Thanks to everyone who voted in Spurs’ Ultimate Team.