Teddy Sheringham Exclusive
The first of a two-part exclusive interview with the Club's latest Hall of Fame inductee...
We bring you the first in a two-part extract from an exclusive Spurs TV Online interview with Teddy Sheringham after he was inducted into the Club's Hall of Fame this month...
Teddy, now you are looking back on your playing career, where would your two spells as a Spurs player rank amongst all the great moments you have experienced?
"I was probably in my prime during my first spell at Spurs. I think I arrived at the age of 26 and left around 31, which is the prime of any footballer. I also think I played some of the best football of my career during that time, but it was great coming back for a second time as well."
What were your initial impressions of the Club when you first joined?
"Well I'd played for the schoolboy sides for a year when I was about 14 and we always used to get tickets for home games. I remember thinking to myself that I'd love to play for Spurs one day, so coming back here to play as a professional was a dream come true. You watch all these famous players at White Hart Lane as a fan one minute, and then you're realising your dream the next."
The fans took to you straight away. How much did that mean to you at the time?
"I scored on my home debut but didn't have the best of times during the first half of my first season because I hit a bit of a barren spell, although I ended up winning the Golden Boot at the end of it! My brother had a season ticket and he told me to start pulling my finger out because he'd heard a few rumblings, and I don't know whether that perked me up but it certainly did the trick. The end of that first season was fantastic."
A couple of seasons later, Jurgen Klinsmann arrived. What was your reaction?
"Ossie Ardiles just came to me one day just to let me know that Jurgen Klinsmann was coming the following day. I couldn't believe it, so you can imagine what the fans would have thought, expecting to see this German World Cup winner. His enthusiasm just rubbed off on everyone else and it was fantastic."
You enjoyed a famous strike partnership with him. What was he like to play alongside?
"He was infectious, clinical...just awesome really. He won balls in the air, he would run in the channels, hit volleys that came at him neck-high, he would run away players for you, he was unselfish, but at the end of the day, he was a goalscorer. If you gave him half a chance he'd hit the back of the net. That's the difference between good and fantastic players."
Is it fair to say that your own international career took off as a result of that partnership?
"I was very lucky to play with Jurgen at that time and then with Alan Shearer for England at Euro 96. It's the pinnacle of anyone's career to play for England at Wembley in a major competition. It was a fantastic time."
Look out for Part Two tomorrow!