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    Glenn Hoddle, widely regarded as the finest post-war Spurs player, joined the club as a schoolboy apprentice in April 1974 following the recommendation of another Tottenham legend, Martin Chivers.

    He successfully overcame knee problems in his early teens and collected England Youth caps prior to making his first-team debut as a 17 year old substitute against Norwich City in August 1975. Spurs drew 2-2.

    Hoddle was forced to wait until February 1976 to start a First Division match and immediately announced his arrival with a spectacular strike past Stoke City and England goalkeeper Peter Shilton. [ar][​IMG][/ar]
    The talented playmaker flourished under the management of Keith Burkinshaw and despite the club's relegation to the Second Division in 1976/77 after 27 seasons of First Division football, a Hoddle inspired Spurs side won promotion to the top flight at the first attempt. As Tottenham's transitional phase continued, Hoddle's enigmatic and often controversial international career began in December 1976 against Wales in an Under-21 fixture. He would collect another seven caps at that level and play twice for the England 'B' team prior to scoring on his full international debut against Bulgaria in November 1979.

    The 1979/80 campaign heralded the emergence of Hoddle as a top-class player, the 22 year old midfielder scored 19 goals in 41 league appearances and was deservedly awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year award at the end of the season.

    [al][​IMG][/al]Critics of Hoddle questioned his stamina and willingness to defend but his natural attacking skills were simply breathtaking and often at odds with the ingrained British football philosophy of tireless running and a strong work ethic. His sublime balance and close control, unrivalled passing and vision and extraordinary shooting ability, both from open play and set pieces, made Hoddle the most gifted English player of his generation.

    In 1981, he starred as Spurs won the FA Cup for the sixth time, defeating Manchester City in a memorable replay and the following season Tottenham retained the FA Cup (Hoddle scored in both the Final and Final replay) and finished the League campaign in fourth place, the club's best league position since 1971.
    Hoddle performed as the midfield fulcrum in many of these successes and also contributed magnificently as the team reached the final of the League Cup, losing 3-1 to Liverpool, and the semi-final stage of the European Cup Winners Cup. During the summer of 1982, Hoddle played in two of England's matches in the opening group phase of the FIFA World Cup, starting against Kuwait after a substitute appearance in a 2-0 victory over Czechoslovakia.

    Unfortunately for Tottenham Hotspur and their star player, Hoddle's involvement in the following three seasons was limited by a number of niggling injury problems (he started only 76 of a possible 126 league matches) but nevertheless, Hoddle proved to be the architect behind the team's 1984 UEFA Cup triumph despite missing the Final due to fitness concerns. In October 1983, he dazzled the White Hart Lane crowd with a phenomenal second-round display as Spurs won 6-2 on aggregate against a Feyenoord Rotterdam side containing the legendary Johan Cruyff. Such was the quality of his perfomance in both matches, the Dutch legend entered the Tottenham dressing room and offered Hoddle his shirt as a sign of respect. [ar][​IMG][/ar]

    Spurs came close to further honours in the next three seasons, reaching third place in the First Division and the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup in 1984/85 and another FA Cup Final in 1987, losing 3-2 to Coventry City, the only time the North London club has experienced defeat in the final of the famous knock-out competition.

    The unexpected loss to the Midlands side was Hoddle's last match for Spurs as newly-appointed AS Monaco manager Arsene Wenger brought him to the principality for a fee of £750,000. Between 1975 and 1987, the gifted playmaker scored 110 goals in 490 first-team matches in all competitions, only four players (Steve Perryman, Pat Jennings, Gary Mabbutt and Cyril Knowles) have made more appearances in a Spurs shirt. At international level, Hoddle won 44 caps for England during his Tottenham career, an inadequate return for such a skilful and charismatic footballer.

    A video of Glenn Hoddle goals can be viewed here :bowdown:

    One of the greatest ever players to play for Spurs, I remember watching him score that volley against Man Utd (See video clip) from the shelf and what sticks in my mind was the buzz going around the ground as the game restarted. His best ever goal? My vote goes to the Watford turn and chip (Again see video clip) but there were just so many to choose from.

    What would he be worth today?
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Discussion in 'Front Page Features' started by Archibald&Crooks, Jan 21, 2007.

  1. Edgarsglasses
    Glenn Hoddle Was A Footballing Genius & The Real Reason Why I Became A Spurs Fan.i'm Born N Bread In Liverpool & Brought Up With Reds Success All Around Me Yet The First Sight Of Hoddle As A 10 Year Old Turned Me On To The Spurs & Never Looked Back 3 Goals For Me Volley V Forset.half Way Line V Liverpool At Anfield.chip V Watford.but So So Many To Choose From.glenn Thanks For The Memories You Are Simply The Best Ever Spurs Player Of All Time!!
  2. rooster1
    Watching Hodd warm up with all his superb tricks
    before the match you already got your money's
    worth, then KO time and how lucky we were to
    witness such genius.

    In that era I think Hoddle was behind
    only two players Platini 2nd and Maradonna 1st, IMO.

    There is alot to say about his talent, but I swear on
    windy days he used to use the wind to put the ball
    where he wanted, that's something I have never seen from
    any other footballer, that's one of the reasons why we
    called him GOD.
  3. sundancer
    Without a doubt the most talented, skillfull English footballer I have seen in over forty years of attending games, his passing of the ball was magical and he could stop a ball on a sixpence ( showing my age ), and for those who think Beckham could take a free-kick he was a novice compered to Hodd. I still have his picture on my wall today, thank you Glenn for ALL the great memories.
  4. chinaman
    For skills and creativity, Hoddle was even better than Bobby Charlton. What he lacked was Charlton's running power.
  5. don1
    hoddle could send a ball 100 yards and land it on top of your nob. pure class:bowdown: :bowdown:
  6. TheChosenOne
    I was driving along the Tottenham High Rd in the early 80's and let someone out of a right turn onto the main drag,
    It was the boy/man God.. driving a lhasa green VW scirocco storm, a few years later he said that was his favourite car of all time. (Obviously before he moved into mercedes territory)
  7. eViL
    I can still remember chuckling to myself when reading about Hoddle correcting Beckham's free-kick technique at the England training camp and him slapping a couple into the top corner just to prove a point.

  8. Chuba
    Do u still live at home aswell sundancer? Eek :wink: :roll: :razz:
  9. GlennHoddle
    Ur spurs and u know u are..........
  10. sundancer

    No mate but that poster always travels with me, you've heard the song were ever I lay my hat thats my home?, well in my case it's were ever I pin my poster that's my home. :wink:
  11. Chuba
    :rofl: nice one :shake:
  12. pezinhoTHFC
    What can be said about Glenn Hoddle that hasn't been said so many times before? I seriously believe he is the finest player Spurs have ever had. We've had some greats, sure - but Hoddle was in a league of his own.

    His play-making abilities are what inspired me to play - out in the streets, in the park with my mates, for my local boys team (which was coached and ran by my dad, another big Spurs fan!)

    Naturally, I played centre-mid and wore my shirt out, trying to look the "Hoddle-part"!

    He was truly brilliant.

    Remember the back heel and the chip against Watford?

    Remember the run from our box thru 4 Newcastle players in the centre circle and around the keeper?
    Remember the pass from Hazard and his volley pass across the box to set up Falco?

  13. shelfmonkey
    I was there for the goal at Watford and to this day I can honestly say it's the best goal I have witnessed in the flesh. The bloke must have been transported to us from somewhere in the distant future, just pure class and genius, the so-called superstars of our premiership today aren't fit to clean boots. Anyone else wish they could go back in time and watch it happen all over again ???

    :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown: GLENN HODDLE
  14. Spursbabe63

    Awwwww bless that made me go all goosepimply...what a man!!

    Glenn was the reason I started supporting Spurs all those years ago...had the greatest pair of pins I've seen!! I still love watching him as a pundit on sky sports...the man is a legend!!
  15. mawspurs
    That's great story, brought a lump to the throat.

    I was lucky enough to see Glenn play many times and he truly was a fantastic player. It such a shame that his stint as our manager didn't work out but that should never detract from what he did for us as a player. He truly falls into the legend bracket.
  16. addlestonespur
    A level of skill that most footballers dream of having, I'll never forgive Pleat for cutting his Tottenham career short

    Hoddle on the ball, Waddle on the wing cross comes over for Alllens head and then it's in the goal 1987.

    just a shame the last performance in a Tottenham shirt at Wembley he didn't come of with a winners medal. That last goal against Oxford is just such a fond memory of the end of his Tottenham career at White Hart Lane

    Glenda we salute you :bowdown:
  17. snake1
    He only got 44 caps for England?!!?:eek:mg:
    I honestly thought he had at least double that.

    How the fuck did he only get 44 caps? When ****s like Ray Wilkins get 80+ caps??
  18. PT
    Watching The Hod commentating on the Estonia - England match tonight, he was asked if he would consider the England job again. He didn't say no.
  19. TheChosenOne
    2 words
    Bryan Robson

    Workhorse vs Class
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  20. cranester
    class,skill,vision,grace,legend,pure Tottenham, fucking genius.

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