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Spurs’ Cult Heroes – Your Memories of Glenn Hoddle…

Glenn Hoddle is undeniably one of the all-time Spurs greats, and AANP wants to hear your favourite memories of the man, as the forthcoming book Spurs’ Cult Heroes is compiled. Great goals, outrageous performances or general opinions on his Tottenham career – feel free to leave them here. 


As ever, all are most welcome to leave memories – and browse those of others – regarding some of the featured players: Ossie and Ricky here, Gary Mabbutt here, Graham Roberts here, Jimmy Greaves here, Clive Allen here, Jurgen Klinsmann here

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13 replies on “Spurs’ Cult Heroes – Your Memories of Glenn Hoddle…”

Glen Hoddle doesn’t fall into the “cult” hero category for me, just a hero.

Steffen Freund is a cult hero.

For sheer artistry,technical ability with a football he is in my opinion the greatest footballer these islands have produced bar none. Such a pity he was around when all our nation could think about was players who could run!
Dont tell me he wouldnt be quick enough today,as he would be twice as quick in his head.Only our country could dismiss this genius so easily!

glen was poetry in motion,a far better playern than he was given credit terry venables said he had the lot,way in front of his time,the likes of glen hoddle has not appeared since,he should never have left spurs for france

If he was French or Italian, they would have built their whole national team around him. We instead built our team around Bryan Robson, enough said…

Saw his debut. It was a mid-season potboiler against Norwich in 1975 & he came on as sub at half time. With his first touch he ‘drifted’ past his marker, took it on a few more yards, looked up, sighted the goal and clipped the ball from 25 yards. It shaved the outside of the post, leaving te keeper standing. I suddenly found myself staring at the bloke next to me, both of us gawping like idiots, pointing at the pitch & mumbling incoherances at each other. I sensed the buzz of a collective “f……g hell” around WHL.

It was a 2-2 draw in the end, but nobody was talking about the result – only about this new kid.

saw him in the reserves for spurs as a teenager and it was obvious he was destined to become well known by his skillful passing and control…..which everyone enjoyed….it was worth travelling to white hart lane on the alternatve sats etc….a football talent ,natural

the moment for me was standing behind the park lane as he hit a sweet volley…….into the net

bloody awesome………what is great for thfc is how he really remained a spurs player at heart!

thnx for the memories ,fa cup etc

I remember a game where he passed the ball about fifty yards forward to (I think) Gerry Armstrong with what appeared to be back spin so that it didnt bounce over the opposition goal line. He also had a quality (shared by Modric) where he could receive a badly hit or placed pass and control it with consummate ease. Obviously he’d love to take free kicks with the footballs around now but he didnt really need any help.

Well, I became a Spurs fan the year the were relegated (I was nine), and the season was part the way through (quite the opposite of a stereotypical glory hunter, then). So my first full season as a YID was that year in the 2nd div., and the burgeoning talent of a kid called Hoddle. Obviously I don’t remember every game clearly (or every sublime piece of skill/goal by Glenda), but what I do remember is the drubbing of Bristol Rovers (9-1 or summit), and particularly a volley by Le Hodd – it really was something else.
Any of the older fans fill us in on the details?

In my view the best goal Hoddle scored was never seen on Tv and as far as i know their is no record on film of it anywhere, The game was against Bolton in the 3rd round of the Fa cup at White Hart Lane in 1978, in front of a 50,000 plus crowd Hoddle had the ball on the byeline shelf/paxton side of the ground and curled it over a bemused keepers head.

Ian Greaves the Bolton Manager said it was a fluke but those of us who knew and had seen Glenn play knew different, pure class.

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