Times Online continues it’s excellent series of best player lists with this homage to White Hart Lane’s greatest footballing greats.
50 Sol Campbell
1992-2001, 315 appearances, 15 goals
Yes, it was the biggest act of treachery perpetrated on the club when this **insert own expletive here** turned to the dark side after stalling on a contract offer and he’s been demoted accordingly, but Campbell was also a mighty fine defender. Never has a player inspired such confidence in one-on-one situations, whether shepherding out the ball as a forward bounced off him or in a race for possession, while his strength and dominant heading carried Spurs through many games. The centre back captained the club to the Worthington Cup triumph in 1999 but we’ll move on, there are real heroes to address . . .
35 Cyril Knowles
1964-76, 506 appearances, 17 goals
Middlesbrough gave the colliery worker a chance in a trial and there was no looking back. Knowles was not cut from typical full-back cloth, with a 6ft frame, a nerveless tendency to dribble the ball away from danger and a cult status that inspired a hit song, Nice One, Cyril. Having started as a winger, Knowles complemented a strong aerial team and his dead-ball ability helped him to score a free kick and penalty in the final-game victory against Leeds United in 1975 that kept Spurs up.
2 Dave Mackay
1959-68, 318 appearances, 51 goals
It is often overlooked that the powerful half back could beat a player just as easily as he could stop one in his tracks. Mackay suffered two broken legs, the second in a reserve match as he was returning from the first, but his spirit remained intact during a punishing recovery programme of strengthening exercises and dieting. That drive – accompanied by fine vision and passing – pushed Spurs to success in the Sixties, culminating in Mackay captaining the side to victory in the 1967 FA Cup Final . A warrior of a player who walks with a bow-legged gait that stems from a career of exertion, the Scot would make a worthy Spurs No 1 but for one other legend . . . (Times Online)
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So what did you think of that collection of superb footballing talent? Anyone missing? Did anyone see Nico Claesen there?