Discussion in 'Front Page Features' started by Archibald&Crooks, Jan 8, 2007.

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    Gary Mabbutt, one of the few players to give the bulk of their careers to one club. Mabbutt famously suffered from type 1 Diabetes and was signed by Keith Burkinshaw when Bobby Robson at Ipswich thought him too risky, Gary went on to make 618 appearances for Spurs and became the first Diabetic to play for England.

    Mabbutt captained Spurs to the 1991 FA Cup and was in the team which won the 1984 UEFA Cup. When asked about the highlight of his career he said.........."The highlight was that Cup Final, no question," said Mabbutt. "Any player will tell you that nothing beats that feeling of walking up the stairs as captain to collect the trophy. Nothing." [ar][​IMG][/ar]

    Mabbutt was more than useful almost anywhere in midfield and defence and once spurned a move to Liverpool at a time when they were winning everything, such was his love for Spurs. He is one of the true legends of White Hart Lane

    Gary Mabbutt Factfile:

    BORN: Bristol, 23 August 1961

    HEIGHT: 5ft 10ins

    Joined Bristol Rovers (where his father Ray had played) in 1978 as an apprentice. Turned professional in 1979. Games:
    122 (plus nine as sub). Goals: 9.
    Signed for Tottenham in August 1982 for £105,000 and made his debut in Charity Shield v Liverpool. Games: 618 (458 league). Goals: 36 (27 league).
    Captained Spurs in 1987 and 1991 FA Cup Finals.

    England debut v West Germany in October 1982.
    Appearances: 16.
    One goal (v Yugoslavia at Wembley in November 1986).
    Also played for England B and Under-21s.


    UEFA Cup 1984, FA Cup 1991, Charity Shield 1991, awarded MBE in January 1994.

    Please add your memories of this Spurs legend below.
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Discussion in 'Front Page Features' started by Archibald&Crooks, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. pezinhoTHFC
    Im 26 and the first time I set foot in The Lane was in 1989 when I was 8 years old and Spurs played Newcastle.

    Gary was playing, alongside Hoddle and Clive Allen - I'll never forget that sunny day, sat in the East Stand with my Dad watching Allen score an awesome right foot "banana shot" as i called it!

    But the highlight was seeing Mabbut boss the game from start to finish - sheer brilliance.

    Love ya Mabbsy!
  2. SouthLondonSpur
    Absolutely, great inclusion into the Legends of the Lane archive. Brings back happy memories thinking of those days with Gary in the team. Gutted for him in '87 and delighted for him in '91.
  3. Delboy10
    Top player and a true gent to boot. He was at the last game of the season vs City and he stayed behind to sign my season ticket book and at least 60-70 other spurs fans st's and programmes in Park Lane upper. He told us that he attended all of our away games in Europe! He loves us, we love him!
  4. Yorkshireyiddo
    Brings back memory's he was my hero as a child. His commitment and determination was second to none. The fact he still considers us so highly is a credit to him and the club.
  5. RBlanch
    I live across the road from Mabbs - when he goes jogging he still wears his Spurs Pony training kit! hahaha
  6. harispurs
    True Legend..!!

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