Obscure Spurs

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In these days of saturated media coverage when player knowledge is such that arguments can rage over whether the passing accuracy percentage of the Under-15's reserve left winger accurately reflects his skill base or not, it's nice to sit back and seek to remember those players who have played for Spurs and yet passed under the radar so successfully that you'd be hard-pressed to pick them out in their own personal highlights reel.

I'm not after the bad players we all remember, or those who played a couple of times and then disappeared, or those who combined both attributes (yes, Ben Alnwick, I'm talking about you). I want those players whose name you vaguely recall, but who have left absolutely no other impact on you whatsoever. The ones who inspire conversations such as

Spurs fan 1: "Do you remember x?"
Spurs fan 2: "God, yeah, bloody hell"
Spurs fan 1: "What was he like again?"
Spurs fan 2: "Not a clue"

I'm going to kick off with four players I must have watched, but, for the life of me, just can't recall. What I want from you, then, is either a memory that means they did leave their mark (in which case my apologies to those below) or a player even more obscure than the ones I've picked out.

My four candidates then are:

Guy Butters. Defender. Started 34 games on the trot for us in 1988-89 apparently before going on loan to South Park Southend. Not ringing any bells whatsoever.

Ian Crook. Midfielder. 6 seasons in the 80s. 39 games. Genuinely unable to recall what he brought to the team apart from generally being somewhere in the middle of the park. He may have been ginger, but that might have been someone else.

Paul Moran. Forward. 36 games and 2 goals in the 80s and 90s. His Wikipedia entry says "Paul Moran (born 23 May 1968) is an English retired football forward". And that's it. Does anyone here know more than that because I don't.

Andy Gray. I remember us buying Andy Gray because we all joked at the time that it wasn't the Andy Gray, it was another Andy Gray. And then, a bit later, we sold Andy Gray and, perhaps, there was slightly less joking. But for the life of me I can't remember what happened in between. Apparently, he scored 3 goals. Anyone remember them?

Anyway, enough from me. Over to you. Can you fill in my memories or do you have any obscure offerings of your own?
 

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I remember Paul Moran and Andy Gray. I believe Gray was injured for a long time, but not 100% sure. I had the team photo poster that season with him in it.

Very few people seem to remember Andy Turner. Broke through just after Barmby, looked very promising, then faded away like a Back to the Future photograph.

There are several players from the 2000 to 2002 era that I have no idea about, as I was way too busy partying to watch much football. Fortunately it doesn't sound like there was much football to watch from us back then.
 

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David Leworthy. 3 goals in 11 games. I had his panini sticker on my wardrobe for years. If I hadn’t I wouldn’t remember him at all.
 

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I remember Paul Moran and Andy Gray. I believe Gray was injured for a long time, but not 100% sure. I had the team photo poster that season with him in it.

Very few people seem to remember Andy Turner. Broke through just after Barmby, looked very promising, then faded away like a Back to the Future photograph.

There are several players from the 2000 to 2002 era that I have no idea about, as I was way too busy partying to watch much football. Fortunately it doesn't sound like there was much football to watch from us back then.
I had suck high hopes for Andy Turner. And Kevin Watson :(
 

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I remember Paul Moran and Andy Gray. I believe Gray was injured for a long time, but not 100% sure. I had the team photo poster that season with him in it.

Very few people seem to remember Andy Turner. Broke through just after Barmby, looked very promising, then faded away like a Back to the Future photograph.

There are several players from the 2000 to 2002 era that I have no idea about, as I was way too busy partying to watch much football. Fortunately it doesn't sound like there was much football to watch from us back then.
IIRC i'm pretty sure Turner was the youngest ever PL scorer at one point. I always thought Darren Caskey had promise, but he seemed to disappear suddenly too.

This transfer window though.... and we even made a loss not a profit.

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Chris McGrath.

Ended up conning Man U into buying him. Maybe that started the badness in transfer dealings ?
 

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I had suck high hopes for Andy Turner. And Kevin Watson :(
The brother of a friend of mine when I was at school was in the Spurs youth team in the early 90s. I used to hear a lot about promising new players coming through, such as a powerful young striker (Judas), Darren Caskey, Quinton Fortune, and Andy Turner. I followed their progress with a lot of enthusiasm and optimism, so you can imagine how I felt when Judas spat in our collective faces.

Excuse me. I need to punch a wall.
 

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Jimmy Walker, goalkeeper who signed for us for one season in 2009 but never played a single game as we went on to qualify for the champions league. He was 36 at the time. Had completely forgotten he existed until about a week ago when i saw an article about him. I haven't a clue why we signed him. Although 'Arry was a manager back then so maybe he was pals with him and ol' Jimmy was strapped for cash? :alien:
 

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Just running through some Wiki pages and came across Roger Nilsen in the 98 season, a Norwegian defender. I literally have no idea of this man's existence, anyone have anything?
 

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Not wholly relevant to the thread, but I saw today both Taraabt and Iago Falque made the WhoScored Serie A team of the week.
 

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Steven Slade and Jeff Minton. Obscure strikers who can't have played more than 3 games for us between them in the early 90s.
 

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Paul Mahorn. A rather chubby fella who I don't think ever made a performance for us. I remember when we faced Man U with the fearsome strike force of Rory Allen and Neale Fenn. Thems were the days when we had 1000's of glory hunters.:LOL::whistle:
 

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John Polston.
Primarily because I went to school with him and played in both school and district sides with him.
I know he went into captain Norwich City but that's about it.
 

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Jimmy Walker, goalkeeper who signed for us for one season in 2009 but never played a single game as we went on to qualify for the champions league. He was 36 at the time. Had completely forgotten he existed until about a week ago when i saw an article about him. I haven't a clue why we signed him. Although 'Arry was a manager back then so maybe he was pals with him and ol' Jimmy was strapped for cash? :alien:
That's a good one. Cant be many signings so recent yet so forgetable. Harry did like an obscure keeper like when we signed Pletikosa.
 

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Scott Houghton. A double against Luton when the floodlights failed. Same match, not same time. After that... err...
 

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Scott Houghton - scored a few goals for us in the early 90s.

Willem Korsten - one of raincoat's signings. Good player but injured a lot.

Frode Grodas - signed as a spare goalie then left again.

Some randoms during the intertoto cup season. I think Pardew was one of them.

Garry something or other - broke through then fucked off to Newcastle.
 
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