Tottenham “Skipper” Perryman’s visit to Los Angeles Reminds Us to Revere our Sporting Legends

Tottenham “Skipper” Perryman’s visit to Los Angeles Reminds Us to Revere our Sporting Legends

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In today’s social media driven, bite-sized content world of sports entertainment, a lot of legendary stories and people slip between the cracks or are just plain overlooked. For example, could you name the youngest captain or the record appearance holder or the player with the most medals for your favorite team? Possibly not.

For Tottenham Hotspur fans the answer is one player, nicknamed The Skipper, Steve Perryman, who made a club record 866 first team appearances, in all competitions for Spurs between 1969 and 1986 and is the club’s longest serving player. For a football/soccer club that’s been around since 1882, that is some loyalty.

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played hundreds of those games at the Club’s venerable ground, White Hart Lane, which was in existence for 118 years, before being taken down in 2017. The Skip is doing “An Evening with” in New Zealand and then in Los Angeles in March before heading back to England in April when Spurs will unveil their magnificent new Tottenham Stadium on the site of the old Lane. The former captain says of the former stadium, which was the site of many “glory, glory days”:

"It’s the place where I grew up and I had great people to help me do that during my time at Spurs. However, as wonderful as the place was — a stadium of excellence, talent, brilliance and, of course, despair as well — it’s the people inside who made it. The people who worked there, the supporters who came to the games and created the atmosphere — that’s what made White Hart Lane so special. The stadium will always be a treasured memory for me, a Spur forever."

Ealing-born Perryman won two League Cups, two UEFA Cup and two FA Cups with Spurs, under legendary managers Bill Nicholson and Keith Burkinshaw. Perryman was also named Footballer of the Year in 1982. Twice, he also climbed old Wembley's hallowed 39 steps to pick up the FA Cup for his team. But he realizes that stepping up into the state-of-the-art 62,000 plus Tottenham Stadium is much-needed progress for the club.

He suggests: “It’s about Tottenham competing with the very big clubs (of Europe), and having the capacity that they’ve got. And generate the funds that you need to be a top class club.”

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The Skip started training with Spurs at age 15, and made his league debut at the age of 17, becoming team captain at the age of 20. He went on to become the most loyal player in the club's history. And he’s a big supporter of homegrown players just like the present Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. He advises:

“My advice, whoever you support, is never undersell homegrown talent. 'The fact that you're homegrown doesn't make you a second-class citizen. The most talented player I've seen was (Spurs playmaker) Glenn Hoddle who was home-grown. This Harry Kane goal-scoring phenomenon, he’s homegrown. I was a leader to stand comparison to others: homegrown. And I'm pleased it's changing and that Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino are leading the way on it. That would be my message: start trusting homegrown talent.”

Two of Perryman’s favourite players and two other legends were Man-United’s Bobby Charlton (his childhood hero) and Georgie Best (best rival he played against). Those two players were part of the great Red Devils’ teams in the late 60s.

And last year Perryman, 67, helped celebrate another Spurs legend, Alan Gilzean, as prodigious author/journalist Norman Giller reports: “Tottenham’s old guard did their buddy Alan Gilzean – the great, the unique, the unforgettable Gilly – proud at his funeral in Dundee, where fans lined the rain-lashed cortege route applauding a player loved and lauded both sides of the border. Skipper Steve Perryman rounded up the troops from the 60s and 70s and they turned out smartly in club blazers and matching ties, saying their fond and final farewells to a team-mate they admired as a player and respected as a pal. It was like throwing a deck of Tottenham cards on to the floor and coming up with a hand of aces. Among those who made the long-haul trip with Steve were Pat Jennings, Mike England, Phil Beal, John Pratt, Alan Mullery, Martin Chivers and ‘daddy’ of them all, 84-year-old Cliff Jones.”

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As for Perryman visiting Los Angeles on March 31 at the ETA in Highland Park, with 66 official supporters clubs in North America, Tottenham have the largest number of any Premier League team. LA Spurs is one of the largest Lilywhite supporters clubs over here in the US, so having legendary Perryman visit is a huge honour.

Brian V. Moore, chairman of LA Spurs who saw Perryman play when he lived and worked in London, suggests: “I saw him play for us from 1977-1985. In today's terms to me Steve was a bit like Harry Winks but if Harry played with three times the passion and guts, went forward with the ball at his feet and could score classic goals. Steve was an incredible player. He played and bled for the shirt.”

If you’re in the Los Angeles area on March 31, check out a special evening with an extraordinary sports legend.

They won’t always be with us.

Drop in on LA Spurs Facebook page to get information on “An Evening With Steve Perryman.” Thanks to KiwiSpurs. Check out Steve Perryman’s A Man for All Seasons: An autobiography, and Norman Giller’s over 100 Tottenham and sports related books.

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  • Jack Jefferson

    What a player !!! COYS !!!!

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Jack Jefferson

    Thanks for commenting, Jack, did you see him perform many times, or in any cup finals?

  • Dan Robson

    Captain and Legend!!! My hero when I was a teenager. Great tackler with a big heart.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Dan Robson

    Dan, thanks for commenting, a very big heart and we're looking forward to welcoming him to LA Spurs for "An Evening With Steve Perryman," cheers!

  • Colin Marshall

    A spurs legend in every sense.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Colin Marshall

    Did you ever meet or see him play live, Colin? Thanks for commenting!

  • Colin Marshall

    In reply to: ashley collie

    Saw him play a couple of times live. A true leader and captain.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Colin Marshall

    Absolutely true, mate. We could do with an outfield leader these days, Hugo is too far back.

  • Ryan Lewis

    Oh Stevie Stevie, Stevie Stevie Stevie Stevie Perryman. His appearance record will never be broken.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Ryan Lewis

    Ryan, absolutely true. But will Greavsie's Spurs goal scoring record be broken? Only if Harry stays, right!

  • Ryan Lewis

    In reply to: ashley collie

    Kane is going to smash it.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Ryan Lewis

    Ryan, so you're guessing he's staying for the duration...we do something in CL this year. why leave, eh?

  • Ryan Lewis

    In reply to: ashley collie

    Time to win CL and add salt to the wound to Arsenal fans. They can celebrate their 4th place trophy.

  • Karl Hodgson

    Great stuff

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Karl Hodgson

    Thanks, Karl, we shouldn't forget our legends, they made us what we are. I never saw Danny Blanchflower play, but I know his quotes, and in many ways, they're the reason I came to love Spurs— "glory and style."

  • Bryan Kirk

    Your new stadium looks dope. 

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Bryan Kirk

    Thanks, Bryan, a cashless stadium, and on the site of the old White Hart Lane! Several LA pals were just over there, visiting! It's coming home.

  • Clive Newbury

    A giant of a player and man also. Watched him play many times and the 'baby-faced assassin' never gave less than 100%. Had the great pleasure of having him over to Wales in March 2017 for a Legends night where he mesmerised the 120+ crowd with his straight talking and obvious love for Tottenham. You are so in for a treat

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Clive Newbury

    Great story, Clive, where about in Wales, as my dad's family is from the Newport area and I went to school in Cardiff. Yes, we are expecting The Skip to inform and entertain. He's appearing at bar, ETA, associated with and one block from our local LA Spurs patch, The Greyhound. COYS!

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Ashley is an award-winning journalist/author/blogger who has written for Playboy, Toronto Star, Movie Entertainment, Sports Illustrated, Maclean's and others. He's interviewed various "leaders" in their fields, including: Oscar winners (Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander, Jane Fonda, Mira Sorvino, Geena Davis, Anthony Hopkins); Grammy winners (Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Ice Cube, Pete Townshend); MVPs in sports (Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Wayne Gretzky, Kobe Bryant); and, business leaders (Amazon's Jeff Bezos). He has an upcoming novel, REJEX, coming out on Pulp Hero Press. And he has written several episodic TV shows, appeared on CNN, and blogged for Mademan, Medium, GritDaily and HuffPost.

   

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