The title of the music track, ‘Nobody Does It Better’ by Carly Simon, sums up Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle perfectly in his performances and goals for Tottenham and England.
Glenn Hoddle was master of White Hart Lane from making his debut as a substitute against Norwich City in August, 1975. He was brought into the team by Terry Neill, at least he did something right, and made his full debut the following February at Stoke City and scored the first of many goals for Spurs, giving Peter Shilton no chance with a powerful drive from outside the box which was to become a regular feature of supporting Tottenham over the next twelve years. He became one of Tottenham’s greatest ever central midfield players.
Enjoy the array of passes both delicately chipped and driven which Hoddle sprayed around the pitch, the control and turns as he held off defenders, the surges forward and the many amazing strikes on goal both for Tottenham and England.
Hoddle was at the centre of everything that Tottenham did over that period and should have had a similar role for England – the national created around the ‘master’ but successive England managers failed to put their full support behind the midfield maestro and so he won only 53 caps when he should have had so many more.
Look out for Hoddle’s goal against Nottingham Forest at White Hart Lane which went from Tottenham goalkeeper Milija Aleksic, nodded on by Gerry Armstrong for Hoddle to volley home from the edge of the area without ever touching the ground. His strike from a free-kick against Wimbledon in the FA Cup and his turn and chip in the penalty area to leave the Watford goalkeeper stranded. Then there is his final Tottenham goal when he collected the ball inside his own half, strolled down the centre of the pitch through the middle of the Oxford defence, shimmied in front of the goalkeeper as he took it past him to knock the ball into an empty net.
Video by Nick Allen
There are other videos of Glenn Hoddle on YouTube all with equally appropriate titles including ‘Glenn Hoddle – The Best‘ and ‘Glenn Hoddle – It’s a Kind of Magic’
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