After his transfer to Aston Villa, David Ginola played twice against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. His first game was on this day and incredibly both matches ended scoreless.
Tottenham on this Day
28th April, 2001
Tottenham Hotspur 0 Aston Villa 0
Team: Sullivan; Carr, Young; Davies (Etherington), Doherty, Gardner; Leonhardssen, Sherwood, Ferdinand (Thelwell), Clemence, Korsten
David Ginola is to play in Ledley King’s Testimonial game and he is sure to receive a warm welcome from the White Hart Lane faithful. He is a regular guest at matches through the season and in the half-time interview he is warmly received. A former player who brought flair to the game he still has a close affinity with Tottenham, even speaking of wanting to coach at the club. Earlier in the season, he offered to help Adrostownsend, Ginola was quoted by the Daily Express, saying,
I would love to be involved with the club and bring on some new ideas about the way Tottenham should play.
Back at the Lane
After being transferred to Aston Villa in July, 2000 for a fee of £3m, Ginola’s first appearance at White Hart Lane came at the end of the season. There were three games to play and the match on this day was Spurs penultimate match of the season.
There was nothing at stake for either team and Glenn Hoddle, having taken over as manager in March was finding out about his new players.
This was a dull, end of season affair in which the Spurs supporters in the crowd of over 36,000 entertained themselves by cheering every move of the Villa left winger. A rather unusual occurrence but the Villa player was David Ginola. The fans showed their appreciation of everything that Ginola had done while with Tottenham. His skills and sheer class which many still remember fondly will make him one of the ‘star’ attractions in the testimonial match.
The following season, opened for Tottenham with a home game against Villa. Spurs were giving debuts to Christian Ziege, Gus Poyet and Goran Bunjevcevic while Ginola started on the bench for Villa. The appearance of Ginola on the pitch after 63 minutes, however, ‘was greeted with the biggest Tottenham ovation of the afternoon’, according to Barry Flatman’s report.
Martin Samuel’s match report commented on Ginola’s introduction.
‘Ginola did not disappoint, forcing a save from Sullivan with a right-foot shot after 77 minutes and finding Steve Stone with a deep cross….’
The following January Ginola signed for Everton, making 5 appearances, but his contract was not renewed at the end of the season. On being released by the new Everton manager, David Moyes, Ginola decided to retire.
Last Game for Tottenham
Ginola’s last game at White Hart Lane for Spurs was the final match of the 1999-2000 season when Tottenham won 3 – 1 against Sunderland. His last goal for spurs had been the previous April in a game at Leicester, the only goal of the game. His last White Hart Lane goal was against Middlesbrough in a 3 – 2 defeat at the beginning of that month.
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