Posted on

Dave Mackay: The Heartbeat of Tottenham Hotspur

Dave Mackay, born on November 14, 1934, in Edinburgh, Scotland, is a name that is synonymous with one of the most successful periods in Tottenham Hotspur’s history. Known for his tenacity, leadership, and exceptional footballing skills, Mackay is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to have ever donned the Spurs jersey.

Mackay began his professional career at Heart of Midlothian in Scotland, where he won several domestic titles. However, it was his move to Tottenham Hotspur in 1959 that would cement his place in footballing folklore.

At Tottenham, Mackay quickly established himself as a key player. His versatility allowed him to excel in both defensive and midfield roles, and his fearless playing style endeared him to the fans. Mackay was not just a tough tackler, but also a player of great technical ability, and his all-round skills were instrumental in Tottenham’s success during his time at the club.

Mackay was a pivotal figure in the legendary Tottenham team that won the double in the 1960-61 season, becoming the first team in the 20th century to win both the League Championship and the FA Cup in the same season. Despite suffering two serious leg injuries during his career, Mackay’s determination saw him bounce back each time, further enhancing his reputation as a tenacious and committed player.

Over the course of his career at Tottenham, Mackay made 318 appearances and scored 51 goals. His performances earned him a place in the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame and the English Football Hall of Fame.

On the international stage, Mackay earned 22 caps for Scotland, scoring 4 goals. His leadership skills were recognized at the international level as well, as he captained the Scottish national team on several occasions.

After leaving Tottenham in 1968, Mackay had a successful stint at Derby County, both as a player and later as a manager. However, it is his time at Tottenham Hotspur that Mackay is most fondly remembered for.

Dave Mackay, with his indomitable spirit and exceptional talent, has left an indelible mark on Tottenham Hotspur. His contributions to the club and the sport of football will always be remembered and cherished by fans around the world.

Posted on

Terry Dyson: The Unsung Hero of Tottenham Hotspur

Terry Dyson, born on November 29, 1934, in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, is a name that holds a special place in the annals of Tottenham Hotspur’s history. Despite not being as widely recognized as some of his contemporaries, Dyson’s contributions to the club were instrumental in shaping one of the most successful periods in its history.

Dyson began his professional career at Scarborough before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in 1955. Initially, he struggled to break into the first team, but his perseverance paid off, and he eventually became a key player for the club.

Standing at just 5’4″, Dyson was not the most physically imposing player on the pitch, but he more than made up for it with his speed, agility, and technical skills. He was a versatile player who could operate both as a winger and a forward, and his ability to score crucial goals made him a valuable asset for the team.

Dyson was a part of the legendary Tottenham team that won the double in the 1960-61 season, becoming the first team in the 20th century to win both the League Championship and the FA Cup in the same season. Dyson played a crucial role in this achievement, scoring 12 goals in 42 appearances that season.

Over the course of his career at Tottenham, Dyson made 209 appearances and scored 55 goals. He also won several other titles with the club, including the FA Cup in 1962 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963.

Despite his successful career at Tottenham, Dyson only made one appearance for the England national team, which came in a friendly match against the USA in 1959.

After leaving Tottenham in 1965, Dyson had brief spells at Fulham and Colchester United before retiring from professional football. However, his contributions to Tottenham Hotspur during his decade-long stint at the club will always be remembered by the fans.

Terry Dyson, with his skill, determination, and knack for scoring important goals, has etched his name in Tottenham Hotspur’s history. His legacy continues to inspire the new generation of Spurs players.

Posted on

Cliff Jones: The Welsh Wizard of Tottenham Hotspur

Cliff Jones, often referred to as the ‘Welsh Wizard’, is a name that resonates with the glory days of Tottenham Hotspur. Born on February 7, 1935, in Swansea, Wales, Jones is widely regarded as one of the finest wingers in the history of British football.

Jones began his professional career at his hometown club, Swansea Town, in 1952. However, it was his move to Tottenham Hotspur in 1958 that would catapult him into footballing stardom.

At Tottenham, Jones became an integral part of the legendary double-winning side of 1960-61. Under the management of Bill Nicholson, the team clinched both the League Championship and the FA Cup, a feat that was unprecedented in the 20th century. Jones’ speed, skill, and scoring prowess from the wing were instrumental in this historic achievement.

Over the course of his career at Tottenham, Jones made 378 appearances and scored 135 goals, a remarkable tally for a winger. His performances earned him a place in the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame.

Jones was not just a club legend, but also a star on the international stage. He earned 59 caps for Wales and scored 16 goals. He was a key player in the Welsh team that reached the quarter-finals of the 1958 FIFA World Cup, their only World Cup appearance to date.

Despite his retirement in 1968, Jones’ legacy at Tottenham Hotspur continues to live on. He is often seen at White Hart Lane, supporting the team he loves and offering his wisdom to the new generation of Spurs players.

Cliff Jones, with his exceptional talent and dedication, has left an indelible mark on Tottenham Hotspur. His contributions to the club and the sport of football will always be remembered and cherished by fans around the world.

Posted on

Football Boots

When I made my Spurs debut in 1958 v the Arsenal at Highbury, my football boots, or more specifically, the state of them, led to my first dressing down from Bill Nick. In those days, players tended to have one pair of boots and if you were doing well whilst wearing them, you were reluctant to use another pair. Subsequently my boots at that time had seen me in the best form of my career at my home town club Swansea and also reach the World Cup quarter final with Wales. Now following my big money move to Tottenham I was hoping to get one more season out of my ” lucky boots ”. They were a typical 1950s boot with heavy leather and the studs were effectively nails covered in leather which were hammered into the sole of the boot. Unfortunately my boots had been on the anvil too many times and refused to accept a full set of studs. When Bill saw them he suggested I wear another pair from the kit man, but I was having none of it and convinced him they would be alright. During the game I received the ball on the wing, cut inside the fullback, sprinted into the box and as I was about to put the ball past the Arsenal keeper, I slipped over! The game finished 4-4 and waiting for me as I entered the dressing room was Bill. ” What did I tell you about those boots Jonesey” he said shaking his head. I knew not to reply and accepted that would be the last time I saw my ” lucky boots” again.

Over the next couple of seasons the design and manufacture of the football boot improved considerably. They became lighter, better fitting and now had screw in studs. A German company Adidas led the way and soon all our team was wearing them. Not that we got them for nothing, we had to buy our own boots, but did get a discount from ‘ Elseys ‘ the sports shop in the High Road. We even took part in a Adidas advert prior to the 1962 cup final.

The boots were now resembling the boots of today.

The new design helped my game tremendously, as I felt quicker and had better control of the ball at my feet. We still had to contend with the muddy pitches and the water sodden ball, but you can’t have everything!

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the new training facility at ‘ Hotspur Way ‘ It is without doubt the best in the country and every aspect of helping the players improve is catered for. The first team dressing room is huge with each player allocated a space, with bespoke units for their clothes to hang. I noticed every player has about 8 pairs of new boots in their alcove, all different shades and colours. My fellow countryman Ben Davies had this Adidas pair, which were personalised with his name. They were a nice lightweight boot, which would have been a joy to wear. The football boot has come a long way, I am sure Bill would have approved….. well maybe!!


Posted on

White Hart Lane

For over 50 years our stadium ‘ White Hart Lane’ has always been close to my heart. I had 10 years there as a player and many years up to the present day, as a match day host. When I joined Spurs in 1958 and saw the stadium for the first time it took my breath away. I had come up from South Wales having spent my early years playing for my local club Swansea Town. Their home pitch was the ‘ Vetch Field ‘ a compact stadium nestled behind Swansea prison and growing up it was my lifes ambition to play there. When I signed for Swansea and achieved my dream I thought the ‘ Vetch ‘  could never be matched, but then as I walked through iron gates at the entrance to WHL, I realised this was at a different level. Everything was bigger, better and the pitch itself was fantastic. Of course in those days all pitches were good for the first few months of the season, until conditions turned them into mud and sand, but despite that, somehow during our Glory Years we managed to play the brand of football that saw record crowds at the Lane, win trophies and forge memories never to be forgotten. When I played, apart from the pre season, which was at the Cheshunt training ground, we went to WHL every day to train. There was an indoor concrete pitch which you did not want to go down on and Dave Mackay was to be avoided at all costs, as he trained the way he played and made no allowances for teammates!

We utilised the whole ground, lapping around the pitch and running up the stairs on the stands. Bill Nick was always there, first in and last out, his life was Tottenham, as a player then manager and I doubt any one man has devoted as much of his life to a club as Bill.

Cliff Jones