Posts Tagged ‘Hoddle’

Hodgson’s Plastic Generation
PLUS: Switzerland v England History & Odds

by Rob Shepherd.

Frank Lampard’s retirement from international football saw much debate about why England’s so called ‘golden generation’ ended up with the wooden spoon. Time and again.

Bad management by the ridiculous Sven Goran Eriksson in particular as well as out-of-his-depth Steve McClaren and antique collector Fabio Capello are obvious reasons.

Predecessor to that trio Kevin Keegan was pilloried, but I have a suspicion he would have got more out of the talented wave of players that emerged at the turn of the millennium.

Hoddle at the World Cup in 1998 (Shaun Botterill /Allsport).

Hoddle at the World Cup in 1998 (Shaun Botterill /Allsport).

I am convinced Glenn Hoddle would have, had he not been rushed out of office.

A few months ago I was in Hoddle’s company and we touched on what might have been post France 98.

He felt the future was bright given the players he had under his belt and those on the horizon and in general would have adopted a 3-5-2 system.

A team like this could then have emerged by 2002: David James, Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, Ashley Cole, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen.

With a young and sharp Wayne Rooney to emerge and the likes of Gary Neville, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and Jermain Defoe around to bolster the above team then by 2004 or 2006 the so-called ‘golden generation’ could have lifted big silverware.

And the future now under an increasingly hapless Roy Hodgson? As it stands it would seem more like a Plastic Generation.


Switzerland v England – Selected Bets

Switzerland:  17/10  Draw:  19/10  England: 19/10

Double Result: Switzerland/Draw  14/1

Correct Score: Switzerland 1-0 England 11/2, Switzerland 1-2 England 11/1

First Goalscorer: Sturridge 5/1, Rooney 11/2, Drmic 13/2, Sterling 8/1

BOBBY’S BET OF THE DAY: Raheem Sterling To Score & England To Win: 5/1

Odds courtesy of William Hill.

If You Know Your History…

The nations first met back in 1933 when England ran riot 4-0 in a friendly in Berne, with Arsenal legend Cliff Bastin bagging two of the goals.

The Swiss struck back with friendly victories in Zurich in 1938 (2-1) and 1947 (1-0) but England hit back with a 6-0 hammering in 1948 at Highbury.

That was the first of a sequence of six consecutive victories for the Three Lions, including a 2-0 win over the hosts in the group stages of the 1954 World Cup.

Unquestionably the most remarkable of these wins was at St. Jakob Park, Basle in 1963, when Bobby Charlton netted a hat-trick in a huge 8-1 England win.

The sides later met in the qualification stages for the 1972 European Championships with England getting the points in Basle with a 3-2 win before the sides drew 1-1 at Wembley, as England qualified for the championships in Belgium ahead of Switzerland.

Goals from Kevin Keegan and Mick Channon gave England a narrow 2-1 win in 1975 in another friendly in Basle.

England’s 34 year unbeaten run against the Swiss came to an abrupt end in 1981 as Switzerland prevailed 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Basle, although in the end it was not enough for them to join England in qualifying for the finals in Spain.

A 1995 friendly was notable as Terry Venables’ England side beat Roy Hodgson’s Swiss side 3-1 at Wembley.

Rooney is congratulated by Beckham and Lampard at Euro 2004

Rooney is congratulated by Beckham and Lampard at Euro 2004

Fast forward a year and the teams locked horns in a competitive fixture as Wembley hosted the opening match of Euro ’96. This time the Swiss claimed a well-earnt draw with Turkyilmaz converting a late penalty after Alan Shearer had opened the scoring for the home side.

Tottenham’s Ramon Vega scored for the hosts before Paul Merson equalised for England in a 1-1 friendly draw in Berne in 1998.

In the group stages at Euro 2004 England won convincingly 3-0 in Coimbra with a brace from Wayne Rooney and one from Steven Gerrard.

The very first game of Fabio Capello’s reign as England manager was against the Swiss in February 2008, and the Italian got off to a winning start with a 2-1 triumph with goals from Jermaine Jenas and Shaun Wright-Phillips at Wembley.

The 1981 match in Basle remains Switzerland’s last win over England.

England also played in Basle twice in the 1954 World Cup, drawing a group game 4-4 with Belgium and losing in the quarter-finals 4-2 to Uruguay.


World Cup? Time for a scandal…remember the Bobby Moore case

by Steve Curry (From February 2010)

The stag night maxim ‘what goes on tour stays on tour’ has long been the sacrosanct dictum of the football dressing room.

But it has become increasingly difficult to impose in the self-destruct climate of the national game.

Just as a cuckoo’s call heralds the onset of spring, so a soccer scandal has become the precursor to a big football tournament. And they come no bigger than a World Cup.


Captain in the dock: Bobby Moore (second left) is met by Colombian policemen as he leaves a Bogota jewellery shop in 1970

Fabio Capello’s insistence on high levels of self-discipline are commendable but, if he puts aside his books on fine art and reads the history of England football teams, he’ll see that control on the pitch is no guarantee of compliance off it.

John Terry is far from the first captain of his country to be embroiled in controversy, and the furore is not restricted to notches on bed posts.

The late Bobby Moore, whose Wembley statue stands as a testimony to a great captain, always remembered the date and time when England’s 1970 World Cup bid was almost sabotaged.

It was 6.25pm on Monday, May 18, 1970, when he and Bobby Charlton strolled into a jewellery store in the foyer of their Bogota hotel to look for a present for Charlton’s wife, Norma.

Without asking to see anything, they left the shop and sat down in armchairs close by, only to be summoned back and accused of theft, the start of a 10-day ordeal that rocked the world game.

It was, of course, Colombian deception aimed at upsetting the World Cup holders but once again the question was asked: why England?
If Moore was the innocent party in the Bogota incident, there have been numerous since that have owed more to testosterone than treachery.

Though Terry’s misdemeanours have happened close to home, it has been abroad that most breaches have come to light.

Until the Eighties, footballers on tour were accompanied by sports journalists whose remit was to report matches not post-match parties. It has been the cult of celebrity that has caused footballers problems.

Their profile and exposure appear to have risen in proportion to their salaries so that they are followed more closely by showbiz and investigative writers than sports reporters.


Teddy Sherringham lets his hair down at Paul Gascoigne’s 29th birthday celebrations in Hong Kong in 1996

It seems the further they fly, the more they become immune to acceptable standards of behaviour.

In Malaysia I watched a Chelsea England youth international — a former friend of Terry — drop his team-mate’s expensive camera in a pint of beer, then urinate in the lift as he left a top-floor nightclub.

At the 1990 World Cup in Italy, there were allegations that three England players had been involved in a bedroom romp with a girl called Isabella. Just what Bobby Robson needed.

Nor was Terry Venables happy that his players took advantage of a night off in Hong Kong prior to the 1996 European Championship finals to celebrate Paul Gascoigne’s 29th birthday by visiting a club with the infamous ‘dentist’s chair’.

Pictures of Teddy Sheringham having neat tequila poured down his throat appeared across the following day’s newspapers. The FA also paid compensation to the airline Cathay Pacific for video screens damaged by drunk players on the flight home.

Glenn Hoddle had to deal with players going public on their need for psychiatric help. Paul Merson and Tony Adams had drug and alcohol addictions, while Gascoigne saw two counsellors after beating up his wife and admitting bouts of rage.

Hoddle met editors and sports editors to try to stem personal stories being leaked, an irony since he kept the best one — Gazza’s wild, drunken behaviour when told he was not in his final squad — for his own book.

There are hotels across the world where men on tour have indulged in rowdiness and promiscuity on the basis that away from home a different set of rules apply. It is also true that English footballers increasingly divorce their professionalism on the pitch from that off it.

If Capello is to lift the World Cup this summer, he has to change not his tactics but his players’ mentality.

This article first appeared in The Mail, February 2010.


Chelsea v Spurs Preview
PLUS: Fantastic Four – Classic Games Between The Two Rivals


Chelsea battle with Spurs in 1994 with The Shed in the background

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur, Sat March 8th, 5.30pm

The North London derby between Spurs and Arsenal has historically been the deciding factor in dominance of the Capital, but the emergence of Chelsea in recent years as a force, not just in England but in Europe, has meant a certain realignment in what is meant by the ‘Big’ London derby.

Although contests between Arsenal and Chelsea have generally had an impact on who wins silverware, the games between Spurs and the Blues have carried a significant amount of extra spice about them – for numerous reasons.

Those reasons include; Abramovich supposedly choosing Chelsea ahead of Spurs as the club to lavish his millions on, Chelsea’s poaching of Frank Arnesen, trying to wrench Modric away from the Lane, the whole AVB thing, Chelsea’s marathon unbeaten run in the fixture, Mata’s ‘phantom’ goal in the semi-final at Wembley, the victory over Bayern that ousted Spurs from the following season’s Champion League tournament despite finishing 4th and, most recently, Willian’s snubbing of Spurs to join the Blues instead – all of which has ensured there is no shortage of animosity between the pair.

Chelsea have dominated in the modern era; of their 43 Premeir League encounters Spurs have been on the wrong end 23 times and won a mere 3, all of which were at White Hart Lane.

Not since Gary Lineker headed home Nayim’s cross at the far post on February 10, 1990, have Tottenham beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – a full two years before Christian Eriksen was born. Sinead O’Connor was number one at the time with ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’  – it was that long ago…


CHELSEA  3/5    DRAW  11/4    TOTTENHAM  5/1

Correct Score:

Willian is 10/1 to score first against the team he snubbed

Willian is 10/1 to score first against the team he snubbed

Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham  6/1
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham  7/1
Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham  11/1
Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham  7/1
Chelsea 3-1 Tottenham  12/1
Chelsea 3-2 Tottenham  22/1

Draws- 0-0: 10/1, 1-1: 13/2, 2-2: 14/1, 3-3:  60/1

Chelsea 0-1 Tottenham  16/1
Chelsea 0-2 Tottenham  35/1
Chelsea 1-2 Tottenham  17/1
Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham  55/1
Chelsea 2-3 Tottenham  50/1

BOBBY’S BET OF THE DAY – Chelsea to come from behind to win: 8/1

First Goalscorer –

Eto’o 9/2
Torres 5/1
Schurle 11/2
Hazard 6/1
Lampard 13/2
Willian 10/1
Terry 25/1

Soldado 8/1
Adebayor 8/1
Townsend 12/1
Eriksen 14/1
Lennon 18/1
Pauinho 18/1

Odds courtesy of PaddyPower.



There have been many memorable games in this derby, but here BOBBY takes a look back at four classic encounters between Chelsea and Tottenham…

1. Chelsea  4-3  Tottenham Hotspur  – February 27th 1994

Chelsea, then managed by former Tottenham hero Glenn Hoddle, went behind to two goals in a minute from Steve Sedgley and Jason Dozzell, but in a half of two halves the Blues, thanks to Mal Donaghy, Mark Stein and a belter from John Spencer, were leading 3-2 after 40 minutes, with Hoddle ecstatically high-fiving his players on the touchline.

The second half was all about penalties; Andy Gray’s spot-kick drew Ossie Ardiles’ side level on 72 minutes and he had the chance to repeat the feat from the spot again a few moments later, but Russian stopper Dimitri Kharine saved. Into injury time and a rash challenge from Dean Austin on Gavin Peacock gave Stein the opportunity to win the game and he made no mistake with his penalty to make it 4-3 at Stamford Bridge, which was being redeveloped at the time. It was the seventh straight league defeat for Spurs, who finished one place and six points behind Chelsea in 15th place at the end of the season.

Kharine, Donaghy, Johnsen, Clarke, Kjeldberg, Burley, Peacock, Wise, Newton, Stein, Spencer
Manager: Glenn Hoddle

Tottenham Hotspur
Walker, Sedgley, Scott, Austin, Mabbutt, Nethercott, Edinburgh, Samways, Anderton, Dozzell, Rosenthal
Manager: Ossie Ardiles

Att: 19,398

2. Tottenham  Hotspur  1-6  Chelsea  – December 6th 1997

Chelsea fans, not surprisingly, still like to remind their rivals of this demolition-derby from 1997 in the Premier League, where Chelsea recorded their biggest away win ever against London opposition. That wasn’t on the cards though at half-time with the score at one apiece, after Chelsea’s Tore-Andre Flo and Tottenham’s Ramon Vega had scored in quick succession, but after the break the Blues ran rings around their hosts, whose lack of spirit was perhaps best demonstrated by the fact not one Spurs player made it into the referee’s book all game.

Roberto Di Matteo, Dan Petrescu and Mark Nicholls all scored, while Flo completed his hat-trick to ensure that “We won 6-1, we won 6-1, we won 6-1 at the Lane!” will forever be heard when these two meet.

Tottehnam Hotspur
Walker, Carr, Scales, Vega, Calderwood, Wilson, Ginola, Fox, Nielsen, Sinton, Ferdinand
Subs:Edinburgh for Sinton, Anderton for Nielsen, Allen for Scales
Manager: Christian Gross

De Goey, Leboeuf, Sinclair, Duberry, Petrescu, Le Saux, Babayaro, Di Matteo, Wise, Flo, Zola
Sub: Nicholls for Babayaro
Manager: Ruud Gullit

Att: 28,476

OK, we all know that – a couple of recent exceptions aside – Spurs wins over Chelsea have been as rare as rocking-horse shit this last quarter of a century, so we’ve had to dig deep to unearth a couple for you in the interests of fair play, but they are good ones;

3. Chelsea  2-3  Tottenham Hotspur  – March 6th 1982

A pulsating FA Cup Sixth round tie saw Tottenham produce some quality play on a bumpy Stamford Bridge pitch on their way to Wembley back in ’82. Chelsea took the lead through a fine Mike Fillery free-kick just before half-time, but second half strikes by Archibald, Hoddle and Hazard in a ten minute spell proved decisive. Alan Mayes puled one back towards the end, but Tottenham, with Hoddle at his imperious best, held on to send the travelling fans home happy  – after dodging a hail of bottles and bricks back to the tube station.

Francis, Locke, Nutton, Chivers, Pates, Hutchings, Walker, Bumstead, Fillery,  Mayes, Rhoades-Brown
Manager: John Neal

Tottenham Hotspur
Clemence , Miller, Perryman, Price, Hughton , Galvin, Hoddle, Ardiles, Hazard, Crooks, Archibald
Manager: Keith Burkinshaw

Att: 42,557

4. Chelsea  1-2  Tottenham Hotspur  – FA Cup Final, May 20th 1967

After 95 years this was, surprisingly, the first ever all-London FA Cup final.  Spurs were favourites, and the match went according to form, as they effectively controlled the whole game from the very start.

Spurs went in front when Alan Mullery unleashed a shot from outside of the box that struck Ron Harris and fell perfectly for Jimmy Robertson, who fired his shot past Bonetti. Spurs doubled their advantage as goalscorer turned provider when Jimmy Robertson fed Frank Saul, who turned swiftly to score.

Chelsea pulled one back with four minutes remaining through Tambling, but it was too little too late and the 2-1 scoreline ultimately flattered Chelsea as the Cup headed back to White Hart Lane for a third time in the decade.

Bonetti, Harris, McCreadie, Hollins, Hinton, Harris, Cooke, Hateley, Baldwin, Tambling, Boyle.
Manager: Tommy Docherty

Tottenham Hotspur
Jennings, Kinnear, Knowles, Mullery, England, Mackay, Venables, Robertson, Gilzean, Greaves, Saul.
Manager: Bill Nicholson

Att: 100,000



Osgood scores a penalty for Chelsea past Pat Jennings of Spurs

United v Spurs: 3 Great Games
We preview the New Years Day encounter at Old Trafford


A rare win at Old Trafford for Spurs would be a tonic for Tim

by Karl Hofer.

Nothing cures a New Years hangover like a decent game of football and we look set for a good one in 2014 as the live match on the box sees Tim Sherwood’s Spurs (sounds weird…) travel to Old Trafford to face David Moyes’ United (still sounds weird…).

These two usually serve up entertaining matches, and the team at BOBBY have searched through the archives to pick out three of the best from down the years to prove the point. Before we give you the odds and our prediction have a look back at these classic encounters:

Oct 16th 1965  Tottenham Hotspur  5-1  Manchester United

A match graced with legends all over the pitch including Mackay, Greaves and Gilzean for Spurs who took on the league champions with Law, Best and Charlton in their ranks – and ran riot with a 5-1 win at the Lane in front of 58,000.

Many people will tell you that Glenn Hoddle scored the greatest goal ever between the two sides when he volleyed home in a league cup tie in 1979, but in my opinion Jimmy Greaves takes the accolade for his goal in this match as he waltzed through the United defence and slotted home in the relaxed manner that was typical of the man (see link below).

It was a tremendous win for Bill Nicholson’s side, but The Red Devils would get their revenge with a 5-1 win at Old Trafford just a couple of months later.

Sept 29th 2001  Tottenham Hotspur  3-5  Manchester United

This was one of the most extraordinary matches in Premier League history, and it helped create an aura of invincibility around Fergie’s Manchester United team. It is also a result that has ensured that Spurs fans will never be able to relax against United, whatever the score may be.

Spurs were enjoying one of their finest performances in recent memory after blasting into a 3-0 lead at the interval. Spurs were coasting through goals from Dean Richards, Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege.

The problem was the job was only half done, and in the second half United launched an astonishing comeback. After the restart Andy Cole grabbed the all important early goal to instill belief. Spurs were then blown away by the visitors as United fought back and then took the lead with goals from Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Juan Sebastian Veron. David Beckham completed the comeback in a match Sir Alex described as his most memorable during his long tenure at Old Trafford (highlights below).

It would be fair to say that this result had a bit of an affect on Spurs, who wouldn’t beat United for another 11 years.

Dec 7th 1986 – Manchester United  3-3  Tottenham Hotspur

One of the greatest clashes between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur came in a league encounter 27 years ago that really had it all. A topsy-turvy thriller that saw both sides wrestle control from each other at one stage or another before having to settle for a draw. United stormed into an early 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Norman Whiteside and Peter Davenport, before Spurs hit back with a diving header from Gary Mabbut in the second half.

Shortly afterwards Kevin Moran inadvertently turned a Glenn Hoddle shot into his own net and then Clive Allen put Spurs 3-2 ahead.

There was to be one final twist, though, as Davenport held his nerve to equalise with a last minute penalty. You can enjoy the highlights (and the wonderful commentary from John Motson) below.

(By the way, that match was played on December 7th despite what the graphic at the start says…)


Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Wednesday January 1st 2014, 5.30pm, Live on BT Sport

The head-to-head record between the two very much favours United who have 85 wins against Spurs over the years. Spurs have won only 47 and there have also been 47 draws.

United in fact had an astonishing 33 match unbeaten run (which included 28 wins) against Spurs in all competitions from 2001 to 2012.



Van Persie 3/1, Rooney 7/2, Welbeck 9/2, Januzaj 7/1

Defoe 7/1, Soldado 7/1, Adebayor 8/1


United to win: 1-0 13/2, 2-0 7/1,  2-1 7/1, 3-0 11/1, 3-1 12/1, 3-2 25/1, 4-1 22/1

Draw: 0-0 11/1, 1-1 7/1, 2-2 16/1, 3-3 66/1, 4-4 200/1

Spurs to win: 1-0 14/1, 2-0 28/1, 2-1 16/1, 3-0 66/1, 3-1 40/1, 3-2 50/1


Rooney to score first @ 7/2

United to win 3-2 @ 25/1


Odds courtesy of William Hill


Glenn Hoddle
“My 1998 World Cup Story”

Publisher: Andre Deutsch

ISBN-13: 978-0233994239

Glenn Hoddle has hit back at claims made by David Beckham in his autobiography.

Beckham, whose book is featherweight in content compared to Sir Alex Ferguson’s heavyweight block buster, says that Hoddle added to the “feeding frenzy” that the player suffered after getting a red car against Argentina at France 98.

Hoddle’s post match comment that “If he [Beckham] had stayed on the pitch and we had 11 against 11, I believe we would have won” was taken as a pointed remark by Beckham and contributed to the vitriolic response.

Beckham said; “He showed his anger and irritation with me. It definitely fed the frenzy.

“He didn’t blame me, exactly, but he made it clear that he thought that my mistake cost England the game”, the 38-year-old Beckham says in his book. “I found his interview difficult to take. He showed his anger and irritation with me. It definitely fed the frenzy.”

HoddleMyWorldCupStoryBut Hoddle said “I am really sorry to hear that David Beckham thinks I fed the frenzy of criticism against him after his sending-off in the World Cup tie with Argentina. Nothing could have been further from my mind at the time, and certainly not since.

“Any manager would say, as I did immediately after the game, that their team would have stood a better chance with 11 men than with 10.”

And Reading through Hoddle’s book, ‘My 1998 World Cup Story’, the former England manager does not really savage Beckham in the chapter about the 3-2 quarter final defeat to Argentina. Indeed he points out that he thought it was no more than a yellow and added: “How ever made I was with David I was furious with the referee.”

At the time Hoddle though displayed a general coldness and aloofness towards Beckham before and after that incident. That comes across in Hoddle’s book.
But on the whole, going through Hoddle’s diary of the whole 1998 campaign again, much of it seems a fairly tame if decent review of the road that ended in St Etienne rather than Paris.

But at the time there was a lot of unrest among the squad when the book was released just a few months after the tournament, especially Hoddle lifting the lid on how badly Paul Gascoigne took the news that he was the be axed from the squad.

Hoddle lost the trust of several senior players who believe he broke the taboo of opening the dressing room door whilst he was still in charge.

Indeed the publication loosened his grip on the job which he lost when expanded on his religious beliefs and made a bizarre comment about the handicapped and the afterlife.

BB Rating: 7/10

by Rob Shepherd


Messi or Maradona..? Here’s what the experts think…

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Rob and Glenn agree on what wine to go for

By Rob Shepherd

I had spot of lunch with Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles and their old Spurs team mate Paul Miller at Planet Hollywood recently.

It’s always great to hear former stars tell tales about the old days and of course how the game compares now to back then. It is what BOBBY is all about.

So with ex-England legend Hoddle and Argentine World Cup winner Ardiles around the table, the BIG question had to to be asked didn’t it..?

Maradona or Messi..?

Hoddle: “Maradona. He did it when defenders were kicking lumps out of you. Amazing player. He won a World Cup on his own…”

Ardiles: “For me Messi. Not just for the way he plays, but how long he has delivered and how he lives his life. Of course Diego was a great player, but really, really great for too short a period. He didn’t live well and sometimes when he turned up to play his condition was bad.”

Paul Miller ordered another bottle of red; Hoddle went for a Rioja, Ossie a Malbec….

Who would you vote for..?

By the way If you haven’t seen it before here is Maradona and Messi going head to head at football-tennis. In the supporting roles  are no less than Carlos Tevez with Messi and Uruguay legend Enzo Francescoli playing with Diego.

One 2 Eleven with Chris Waddle

We caught up with England legend and former pop sensation Chris Waddle and he answered the questions you wanted to ask.
Born: 14 December 1960 in Felling, Tyne & Wear.

Clubs:  Newcastle, Tottenham, Marseille, Sheffield Wednesday, Falkirk, Bradford, Sunderland, Burnley, Torquay, Worksop and England (62 caps, 6 goals).


Ford Capri Mark 1 G Reg: Hand painted too. It was meant to be electric blue but it ended up a mucky dirty blue.

Sunderland. Heroes of the time were John Hughes, Vic Hallom, Dennis Tueart, Dave Watson,Bobby Kerr; all the famous team who stunned Leeds in the 1973 FA Cup final.

Q. MOST VALUED MEMORABILIA: Hoddle+&+Waddle+-+Diamond+Lights+-+7-+RECORD-193805
My first England shirt; the game was against the Republic of Ireland, we won 2-1. It was the match Gary Lineker scored his first England goal. Oh, and my framed gold disc of Diamond Lights, that classic single I sang with Glenn Hoddle.

Band on the Run by Wings was my first record. I just updated my collection of The Jam. They are my all-time favourite band. I met the band once, when I was a teenager and I bunked off school and went down to their hotel when they were playing in Newcastle and they signed a few autographs for us. I’ve really wanted to meet Paul Weller ever since but haven’t. But a year or so ago I eventually met bass player Bruce Foxton after watching a gig of his spin off band from The Jam and had a proper conversation. To my disbelief he told me he was a Spurs fan and used to watch me at White Hart Lane all the time and he was fan of mine! If only I’d known at the time ….ThaJamCaption

It would be the Yugoslavia team around 1991 just before war tore the country apart and a team that I am sure would have won the 1992 European Championships had they not been forced to pull out. Also the Columbia team of 1994 with Valderama. In a game against them we just couldn’t get near the ball, their only problem was that they were more interested in making a million passes than actually scoring!

Well a lot of people will say it was the flick and back-heel goal I scored for Marseille against Paris St Germain. It’s had over 80,000 hits on You Tube. My free kick for Sheffield Wednesday against Sheffield United in the 1994 FA Cup Semi-final was special but I think I’ll go for the goal I scored for Bradford against Everton when I chipped Neville Southall at Goodison from way out.

Q. BEST GOAL SEEN: Maradona’s second against England in the 1986 World Cup finals and Marco Van Basten’s far post volley against Soviet Union in 1988 Euro final. It wasn’t just the technique that was breath-taking but the balls to go for it from that far out and that angle when he could have risked kicking the ball out of the stadium.

Q. BEST STADIUM/WORST STADIUM: For sheer atmosphere it has to be the San Siro in Milan on a big match night. I recall playing for Marseille against AC Milan in a European Cup semi-final. It was packed. Suddenly the chants of “Me–Lan Me-Lan” reverberated around the stadium. The noise came down like a cloud onto the pitch. As opposing players it really shakes you. The legs go weak, the breath seems to be sucked out of you. To get a 1-1 draw there (Gullit scored for them, Papin for us) was amazing. But I was more nervous singing in the Top of the Pops studio!

EastFifeWell the stadium in Tiranna was bad. Albania was a s—hole but East Fife in Scotland’s was worse. I was playing for Falkirk and after the game I couldn’t work out why the players weren’t all listening to the manager’s after match talk, they kept wandering off; until I went to have a shower and saw queues because there was only one shower!

Q. BEST MANAGER: Terry Venables.

Phwor! That’s a tough one. Given that Hoddle was my hero as a young player when I was coming through at Newcastle then I would have to go with Glenn…just!

Q. BEST FRIEND IN THE GAME: I keep in regular contact with John Sheridan whom I played with at Sheffield Wednesday and Gazza. Although I haven’t really spoken to Gazza of late. I have a lot of sympathy for Gazza but the time for hand outs and him relying on everyone else for help and rehab has to stop. The time has come for Gazza to realise there is only one person who can sort himself out properly and for good and that is Paul Gascoigne. It’s up to him now.

Chris Waddle and Paul Gascoigne

Chris with Gazza at Italia ’90



 Q. BEST WORLD PLAYER: Maradona; just immense

 Q. BEST BRITISH: My dad used to speak in revered terms about Rich Carter and Len Shackleton. In my day, as I say I was massive fan of Glenn Hoddle so I would have to go with him.

Paul Gascoigne really didn’t like those furry animal mascots that you see everywhere now before a game, but they had only started to come in during the early 1990’s supposedly to give kids some pre-match entertainment. One game against Everton at Goodison when playing for Spurs he encouraged the mascot go to go in goal and face some penalties from him. But when the lad in the suit got between the sticks Gazza moved up to six yards out and smashed the ball into the mascot sending the poor lad in the silly suit reeling! The lad managed to get back onto his feet to face another. But Gazza did the same thing again. And again. It went on for about six times until the fella couldn’t get up. The fans behind the goal were in the stitches! The poor lad in the furry suit could well have needed stitches but fair play he kept going. That was Gazza all over….