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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. Archibald&Crooks
    We had a poll asking which was Hoddle's best goal a while ago now.........
  2. yido16
    I Remember seeing him play on the artificial picth at Loftus road and after watching a majority of Qpr home games during 3 years in the eraly 80's only 1 player ever stood out and that was Hoddle with his awesome control and precision passing on the plastic pitch , he orchastrated a great 5-2 thrashing with crooks as well, i believe it was mainlt Bobby Robson who messed up Hoddles england carreer dropping him for Neil bloody webb !!!!!!should of and could of played over 100 caps for England
  3. DC_Boy
    yep i saw the 5-2 - Hod was amazing that day

    actually I think the rot started with Ron Greenwood when after Hod's wonder debut, he dropped him immediately - great stuff there Ron

    tho agree about Robson and Webb!!!!!
  4. yido16
    Yeah i heard a funny story about that game from John Lacy , i know he likes speaking alot lol but if true it was quite funny , the morning of that game lacey and another coach went in to see Jim smith in his office when he saw him drinking some whiskey, Lacey asked why and Jim reply was i have just seen Hoddle and crooks warm up on the oitch out side and it looks like they have been bloofy playing on the surface all their lives how ironic a few hours later we hammer them 5-2
  5. DC_Boy
    :) y16

    have some rep for bringing back some good memories
  6. sammy j
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  8. sammy j
    Wow what a great story Glenn was my favorite player over spurs
  9. chinaman
    An amazing player and a better man.
  10. mkkid
    Hoddle best goals
    Anfield,Watford, Wimbledon,Sunderland ( he scored from a free kick the ref disallowed it and he put it in the other corner and scored) and Oxford.
  11. Spurs1960
    Happy Birthday Glenn. On his 22nd birthday he scored the winner against the European Champions Nottingham Forest. Keeper Aleksic punted upfield, Armstrong and Jones nodded on and Hoddle volley past Peter Shilton into the far top corner.

    The ball had never touched the ground and The Big Match hailed it as Goal of the Season. Makes good viewing on You Tube.
  12. Rupstoh


    My first game at The Lane - it was awesome.

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  13. Rupstoh
    This one deserves a mention as it was scored in the best kit ever and my favourite Hoddle goal.

    Hoddle side of his right foot, Ardiles chip.... Rest is History.

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  14. Spurs1960
    Yep v Man Utd, my favourite Hoddle goal ever, and what a selection he gave us to choose from, the chip at Watford for instance.
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