UK Football Team - Tottenham Hotspur 1988

Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed a stellar 1986-87 season under David Pleat. Under his management, the club finished third in the First Division, were losing finalists in the FA Cup and reached the semi-finals of the League Cup. During this season,David Pleat played with just one striker - Clive Allen, who scored a highly impressive total of 49 goals in all competitions. Clive Allen arguably played the most important role in Tottenham's success, scoring 33 goals in the league as Tottenham played of their best football in years. For his achievements, Allen won both the PFA Players' Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year awards. The Spurs had been in serious contention for all three major English trophies that season, although they ended the season without winning any of them. Pleat's employment as manager of Tottenham came to an end in October 1987 when he was dismissed due to "disclosures about his private life".Newspaper revelations that Pleat had been cautioned by police three times for kerb-crawling created publicity that forced him to leave Spurs. The board of Tottenham Hotspur were also keen to bring Terry Venables to the club as manager, since he had also become available. The Spurs under Venables' maangement has a very disapointed 1987-88 season. The Spurs finished at the 13th rank in First Division League and yet there was an amzing roster. Have a look of all Tottenham Hotspur players in the Panini Book of the 1987-88 season with the original comments.

Manager. Capped at every level by England, and a forer SPurs player, Terry joined Tottenham early in December 1987, having spent three seasons in Spain as manager at Barcelona, where he guided his team to the league chanmpionship in 1984-85. Watch out for Spurs with a man like at the top !

Age 38. A Scunthorpe player originally, he made his name with Liverpool, where he played 470 League games before joining Spurs in august 1981. Missed only two League games last season, takin his career total to a staggering 747

Mitchell THOMAS
Defender. Age 23. England youth and under 21 international who made his league debut for Luton against West Ham in January 1983 ans moved to Spurs in the wake of David Pleat in the summer of 1986. Made 39 League appearances in his first season with Spurs.

Defender. Age 19. Promising young defender who served his apprenticeship with Millwall but made his League debut for spurs against Charlton in april 1987 and was tipped to take over from Richard Gough after Gough's departure to Rangers in autumn 1987.

Defender. Age 25. Started his career with Brighton, making his league debut against Ipswich in September 1979 and clocking up 133 League appearances for the Seagulls before transferring to Spurs in the summer of 1983. A versatile player and former England under 21 cap. 

Defender. Age 23. Former England Under21 cap who made his league debut for Nottingham Forest against Liverpool in September 1982.

Midfield. Age 25. Turned pro with West Ham in august 1979 and made his league debut againt Burnley a month later. Clive Allen's cousin, he moved to Spurs in June 1985.

Midfield. Age 25. A former Forest Striker, making his league debut for them against Ipswich in May 1982 and transferring to Aston Villa in august 1985/ Spurs bought him in December 1986.

Midfield. Age 26. Former England Youth and Under 21 player who made his league debut for Bristol Rovers against Burnley in December 1978 ans transferred to Spurs in the summer of 1982. Has flourished under David Pleat, missing only fice league games last season.

Argentinan Midfielder. Age 35. Joined Spurs from Huracan after the 1978 World Cup and has made over 200 League appearances in England - a total wich would have been much higher had it not been for a string of injuries wich he finally seemed to have put behind hin in 1987.

Midfield. Age 28. A Dutch international who played for DWS, Haarlem and Real Madrid before joining Forest in July 1984. Spent three successful seasons commanding the Forest midfield before joining Spurs in the summer of 1987 after Glenn Hoddle's departure.

Forward. Age 26. The league's top scorer in 1986-87 with a marvellous 49 goals in the trhee major competitions, including 33 in the league. Formerly with QPR (twice), Arsenal (Without playing a game) and Palace before joining Spurs in July 1984. 

Belgian forward. Age 25. Joined Spurs in October 1986 from Standard Liege in the Belgian League, and he made his English League debut against Liverpool in the same month. Went on to make 26 league appearances in his first season in England, scorring eight golas. Belgian international. 

Forward. Age 27. Made his league debut for Newcastle against Shrewsbury in October 1980 and transferred to Spurs in July 1985. A former England Under 21 cap, and now a regular in the full team, he is particulary dangerous when running at opponents.

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