Following the success of the Micky Hazard: All Time Spurs XI article, I have been lucky enough to have the chance to speak to Tottenham legend Graham Roberts.
Roberts started his career at Dorchester Town following youth spells at Southampton and Portsmouth. He moved to local rivals Weymouth before joining North London side, Tottenham Hotspur in 1980 for a fee of £35,000.
During his time at White Hart Lane the defender won two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup. In 1986, after over 200 appearances in the white of Tottenham Hotspur, Roberts made a move up North to play for Scottish side, Rangers which cost them a fee of £450,000.
Success came fast with Roberts being a Scottish Premier Division winner in his first season and a Scottish League Cup winner in his second. Roberts managed to get his hands on another piece of silverware after a £475,000 move in 1988 to Chelsea.
During the 1988-89 season he was part of the squad which won the Second Division championship.
Following a successful career Roberts played a number of games for West Brom, Stevenage Borough, Yeovil Town and finally Slough Town.
Since retirement Roberts has managed a number of clubs and nations including Yeovil Town and Pakistan.
Here is the legendary defenders all time Spurs XI…
GK: Ray Clemence – Born in Skegness, Lincolnshire, Clemence made over 235 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur between 1981 and 1988. During his time at White Hart Lane he won the FA Cup, Charity Shield and UEFA Cup.
RB: Steve Perryman – With 655 appearances to his name as a Spurs player, Perryman is considered to be one of the clubs greatest players. The defender has two FA Cups, two League Cups and another two UEFA Cups.
CB: Dave Mackay – Part of the 1961 Double winning Spurs side, Mackay is a highly respected name in the footballing community. Described as “One of the most influential players of his era”.
CB: Ledley King – The centre back played 268 times for his only club, Tottenham Hotspur. In 2014, King played his last game at White Hart Lane in his testimonial game. During his time at The Lane, King won the League Cup in 2008.
LB: Cyril Knowles – Brother of Wolves player, Peter Knowles. Cyril was a brilliant left back for the Spurs side during the 60’s and 70’s. With five trophies to his name, Knowles achieved great success as a Spurs player.
RM: Micky Hazard – Born in Sunderland, Hazard started his career at White Hart Lane as a product of the Spurs youth academy. Following wins in the FA Cup and UEFA Cup, Hazard was transferred to Chelsea for £300,000.
CM: Glenn Hoddle – With 377 appearances at White Hart Lane the midfielder didn’t lack experience during his time at the club. Hoddle won the FA Cup, UEFA Cup and the Charity Shield whilst being a Tottenham player. Since retirement Hoddle has set up the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain and has also done media work.
CM: Paul Gascoigne – Sold to Spurs from Gazza’s local club, Newcastle for a fee of £2million the midfielder went on to make over 90 appearances for the North London side which included a win in the 1991 FA Cup. Spurs made a healthy profit as he was sold to Italian side Lazio for £8.5million.
LM: Gareth Bale – One of the worlds best, Bale plays in the left midfield role he developed under Harry Redknapp. The Welsh Wizard scored his first senior hat-trick in the Champions League against the holder Inter Milan. Following many successful years at White Hart Lane, Bale signed for Real Madrid for a reported fee of £85.3 million.
ST: Gary Lineker – Following his time in Spain at Barcelona, Lineker signed for Spurs in 1989. During his time he scored 67 goals in 105 games which included a successful result in the 1991 FA Cup Final.
ST: Teddy Sheringham – Teddy had two spells at White Hart Lane scoring a total of 98 goals between the two. Sheringham had a number of strike partners during his first time at the club including Gordon Durie, Ronny Rosenthal, Jürgen Klinsmann and finally Chris Armstrong. On the 8th May 2008, Sheringham was introduced into the Spurs Hall of Fame.
Thanks to Graham for taking part. You can follow him on twitter at @GrahamRoberts4