The MARTIN CHIVERS thread

Discussion in 'Front Page Features' started by Archibald&Crooks, Jan 9, 2007.

  • by Archibald&Crooks, Jan 9, 2007 at 10:19 AM
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    Martin Chivers came through Southampton's youth system and signed as a professional footballer in September 1962, at the age of 17. He played an integral role in the club's promotion to the top flight in 1967, starring up front alongside the great Welsh striker Ron Davies.
    After scoring 97 league goals in only five seasons, Tottenham Hotspur manager Bill Nicholson signed Chivers for a club record fee of £125,000, with 24-year-old Frank Saul moving from White Hart Lane to the Hampshire coast.

    [al][​IMG][/al]He scored on his Spurs debut against Sheffield Wednesday in January 1968 but the initial stages of his White Hart Lane career were relatively unsuccessful with Spurs legends Jimmy Greaves and Alan Gilzean still considered to be the preferred attacking partnership. Chivers remained a fixture of the England Under-23 squad and eventually became the most important goalscorer at Tottenham, following the sale of Greaves to West Ham United in 1970.
    Chivers was often seen as a lethargic and lazy player but his pace and natural strength established 'Big Chiv' as a star of the Spurs side and England throughout the early 1970s. During this period of his career, he helped Spurs to League Cup triumphs in 1971 and 1973 and UEFA Cup success in 1972, as well as a runners up medal in the same European competition in 1974. He famously scored both goals in the first League Cup victory against Aston Villa in February 1971 and a thirty-yard wonder goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the club's memorable UEFA Cup campaign.

    Chivers was also a regular goalscorer in the First Division, tallying 92 league goals between 1969 and 1974.
    In his eight and a half year Spurs career, Chivers scored a total of 174 goals in 367 first-team appearances and remains the leading Tottenham goalscorer in European competition to this day. He was capped 24 times for the England, scoring 13 goals.
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    First Division: 278 matches, 118 goals
    FA Cup: 24 matches, 11 goals
    League Cup: 33 matches, 23 goals
    Europe: 32 matches, 22 goals
    TOTAL: 367 matches, 174 goals

    Martin is Spurs third highest ever goalscorer and it was he who scored the first goal I ever saw scored by a Spurs player. More than once this season I have heard older supporters compare "big Chiv" to Dimitar Berbatov and although I saw him play, It was during his last season at the club and i'm too young to be able to say if this assessment is accurate or not. One thing is for sure, it's a huge compliment to Berby if true!

    Martin still works at Spurs as a matchday host at White Hart Lane.
     
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Discussion in 'Front Page Features' started by Archibald&Crooks, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. Archibald&Crooks
    Further to Geez's post, this from the official site:

    MARTIN CHIVERS HALL OF FAME

    We are delighted to announce that Martin Chivers will be the next inductee to the Club’s Hall of Fame, at a special celebration dinner to be held at La Royale on Tottenham High Road close to White Hart Lane on Thursday, April 19, 2007.

    Many of Martin’s team-mates from the Spurs sides from 1968 to 1976 will be present at this celebration of Martin’s career with the Club during which time we won the Football League Cup twice in 1971 and 1973 and the UEFA Cup in 1972.

    You can now be there too by reserving your table for 10 priced at £1,750.00 including VAT or individually at £175.00 including VAT.

    The package includes:

    - Four Course Dinner with Wine
    - A Commemorative Programme
    - Spurs Legends and Celebrity Appearances

    For further details please contact 020 8365 5006
  2. JKSpurs


    What a great site, really intresting... Makes you think though how lucky players are today, even the very average ones make bundles of money enough to set them up for life...

    Upsetting to see what some of the older players have to do to make a living after leaving spurs. A couple of players have ended up as Market traders A few have ended up as postmen or publicans... and not forgetting those who I feel most sorry for... those who have ended up at WestSpam.
  3. cranester
    Big chiv was an awsome centre forward, big , strong ,had deceptive pace and scared defnders to death, he was my first ever spurs hero and his goals and powerhouse performances will stay in my heart and mind forever. Note to spurs since 1961,this is a site dedicated to chivs induction to the thfc hall of fame, if you found him such a bad player thats your opinion,but dont put it on a site in praise and honour of the man, you might call yourself spurs since 1961 but wonder just how many times youve actually been.
  4. pierreb
    The best game I ever saw him play was against Leeds at home some time in the early 70s on an icy pitch - I mean icy, when he just danced on ice for 90 minutes and destroyed them. Anyone else remember that? It was so un Chivers like.
  5. DC_Boy
    yep PB - I was there, him and Jennings both put in 10 out of 10 performances as we beat the mighty (as they were then :) Leeds 2-1 - I remember the stacks of hay/straw round the side of the ground for some reason

    I think it was in 71 - I also think it helped AFC win the double as I remember my dad, an Arsenal fan, being well pleased about us winning
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  6. sammy j
    At best he was unplayable , just loved him and my favorite period following the lillwhite
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  7. chinaman
    For all his physical attributes, he was too gentle. Had he had a bit more devil in him, he could have been one of England's best ever centre forward.
  8. dellybelly
    My favourite all-time striker. Ahead of Klinnsman and Lineker.

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