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Alan Gilzean (Dundee, Tottenham, Scotland)

 



South Mercian
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Former striker has died aged 79


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Alan Gilzean died at the age of 79 on Sunday 8th July 2018.

The 22 time capped Scotland international had been diagnosed with a brain tumour just a few weeks ago.

He spent seven years at Dundee, winning the 1961-62 league title and helping the club reach the European Cup semi-finals the following season.

The "King of White Hart Lane", moved to Spurs in 1964, scoring 133 goals in a 10 year spell.

During his time at Tottenham, Gilzean won the F.A. Cup, two League Cups, and was part of the side that won an all English U.E.F.A. Cup final against Wolves in 1973.


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That is very sad news. Alan Gilzean was also one of the players who stood up against the one-sided “retain and transfer system” and for which today’s generation of footballers are in their debt.

From his early days at Dundee there seemed to be constant rumours of English clubs eager to sign him. However, it was some years later that on 30 June 1964 when his contract with Dundee expired he refused to re-sign as he wanted a transfer. Under the system Dundee retained his registration but he received no wages. With the support of the Scottish PFA he took his case for unemployment benefit to a National Insurance Appeals Tribunal in October 1964. Although his claim was turned down he won the wider case as after legal advice taken out by the Scottish PFA and shared with Dundee he signed a two-month contract but only because the club agreed to listen to bids for his transfer. A bidding war started with Spurs eventually winning out over Sunderland and Torino. However, he had made his White Hart Lane debut in the middle of the battle for his signature in a Scotland XI in a memorial match for the late John White.

He was one of those players whose deeds on both sides of the border accorded him true legend status playing in great sides for both his clubs and of course his country. I am sure he must have been a photographer’s dream with those many pictures of him seemingly hanging in the air to make a glancing header.



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Started his career with Dundee Violet.


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Started his career with Dundee Violet.


Although he played Juvenile football for his home town he also played Junior football for his home town club (Coupar Angus) in the Angus Junior League. I have him playing there as late as March 1957. It looks as if he was may have played Juvenile football up to and including 1955/56 before moving up to Junior football in 1956/57. He was an amateur on Dundee’s books in January 1956 and then signed in February 1957. Perhaps that second date was as a provisional signing and Dundee then farmed him out to Dundee Violet to be nearer?


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Jimmy Greaves is quoted as describing Gilzean as "possibly the best footballer I've ever played with".

https://www.theguardian.com/...lan-gilzean-obituary

Greaves in his book "Heart of the Game" told how Gilzean had said of tactics … "As forwards, we are subjected to all manner of tactics and theories as to what we should be doing in the game. But the measure of a good tactic is, it should be easily explained to a barmaid".


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Alan Gilzean features a lot in Hunter Davies's The Glory Game, charting Tottenham's 1971-72 season.

Of talking to diehard Spurs fans about the players, Davies writes in a chaper titled The Skinhead Special: "They hadn't a bad word for any player. They loved each and every one. There was no one they wouldn't have in their team. But Gilzean was clearly the most popular single player. At the mention of his name, they burst into song, to the tune of the Christmas carol Noel, Noel. 'Gilzean, Gilzean, Gilzean, Gilzean, born is the King of White Hart Lane'."

In appendix nine, in which Davies discusses with Tottenham's players the 'enjoyment of football', Gilzean is quoted: "Football's meant to be enjoyed, and I still enjoy it, but I probably enjoyed it more at fifteen. The finer points disappeared when England won the World Cup in 1966. Now the object is not to get beat at all costs."

My first season watching 'live' football was 1971-72, and Gilzean was a huge star (not that he ever made it to Belle Vue, Doncaster). Pictures of him were plastered all over the football magazines of the day.

A sad loss.



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(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Jul 11, 2018, 3:35 PM)

 
 


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