Troy Parrott is the latest addition to the Spurs lineup. The Dublin-born rising star graduated from Tottenham’s youth academy this year, joining the senior team. He has yet to show his worth in a league game but he was included in the club’s UEFA Champions League squad, and manager Mauricio Pochettino said he is a fan, too. Football is the fourth most popular sport in Ireland, producing many talented players who sometimes join teams in the Premier League. Before Parrott, the Spurs had several others among their ranks – let’s remember them today.
When Robbie Keane joined the Spurs in 2002, then-manager Glenn Hoddle expected him to find a “spiritual home” at White Hart Lane – and he did. During his first six years there, he made top scorer several times and was selected Player of the Year three times during his career with the Spurs. He left the Lane in 2008 but returned a year later. After two more years – and two loan spells – he left England to continue playing overseas with LA Galaxy.
Keane is remembered fondly by the Spurs’ fans and is seen as a type of role model by Troy Parrott himself.
Galvin was spotted by Bill Nicholson while playing for the Northern Premier League club Goole Town in 1978, and he lived up to his expectations. During his nine seasons at the Lane, he played in 201 league games (273 games in total) as a winger, scoring 20 (31) goals, including a hat-trick in 1986, in a match against Southampton. He was part of one of the Spurs’ most successful squads that won the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982, and the UEFA Cup a year later. After a change in management, David Pleat sold him to Sheffield Wednesday in 1987.
Hughton joined the Spurs at the age of 13 and joined the senior team in 1977 as a part-timer – he also trained as a lift engineer – then went full-time professional player in 1979. He made his debut with the first team the same year, playing as a winger at first. Later, he converted to a full-back capable of playing on both sides, eventually settling for a left-back position. To this day, Hughton is considered one of the best defenders the Lane has ever seen. He played with the Spurs for 13 years – he left for West Ham in 1990, then moved on to Brentford in 1992 from where he ultimately retired. He returned to the Spurs in 1993 as a coach, serving until October 2007 under 11 different managers, and also acting as a caretaker in two separate spells.