Where are they now? Five former Spurs players

The now-retired David Ginola is still much-loved by Spurs supporters

Photo by Dave Anteh, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Life after football can be somewhat unsettling for many professional footballers. Those that are so used to the everyday banter and safety blanket of the training ground all of a sudden experience a void in their lives after hanging up their boots. It’s hard to believe that we’re just a matter of months from entering yet another decade. With time showing no sign of slowing up, we thought now would be the ideal opportunity to take a look back in time at the vintage Premier League years of the 90’s.

After the disappointment of losing to Liverpool in this summer’s Champions League final, we thought what better way to cheer up the Spurs faithful than to shine a spotlight on some of their former cult heroes.

Jason Cundy

Cundy played 28 times for Tottenham between 1992 and 1996. Cundy was a solid, uncompromising centre half who struggled consistently with injury problems. He’ll be forever remembered by the Spurs faithful for his bizarre goal against Ipswich, which he scored from almost the halfway line. Cundy’s attempted hoof up the pitch was eventually wind-assisted, catching Ipswich keeper Craig Forrest completely by surprise as the ball flew over the Canadian and into the unguarded net. Cundy overcame a bout of testicular cancer and is now a highly successful radio presenter on TalkSPORT.

Anthony Gardner

Anthony Gardner is yet another Spurs defender whose career was dogged by injuries. Gardner was snapped up by the White Hart Lane club in 2000 for £1 million from Port Vale. Gardner made 142 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham, enjoying the best years of his career at the club, even earning recognition in the senior England squad whilst a Spurs player. Since his retirement in 2014, Gardner has been spotted regularly playing in the UK-based events of the World Series of Poker, which are known as WSOP-C tournaments. He won his first live poker event in 2017, winning a £100,000 guaranteed tournament at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn poker room.

David Ginola

Few players captured the imagination of the Spurs faithful quite like David Ginola. The enigmatic winger made 100 appearances for Tottenham, scoring one of the most iconic Premier League goals in an away game at Barnsley, involving his trademark mazy dribbling. Since retiring from the beautiful game, Ginola has been a regular pundit for the BBC, CNN and BT Sport and even tried his hand at running for FIFA President back in 2015. After requiring a quadruple heart bypass in 2016, Ginola has since fully recovered, despite being declared dead for eight minutes on the operating table.

Gary Mabbutt

You’ll struggle to find a single footballer that doesn’t like and respect former Spurs skipper, Gary Mabbutt. A true gentleman on and off the pitch, he was a fantastic role model for Tottenham during his 16-year spell at the club. He made 477 appearances in all competitions for Spurs, helping the team win the UEFA Cup in 1964 and the FA Cup as skipper in 1991. Today, Mabbutt remains a proud ambassador for Tottenham Hotspur, as well as an icon for both the Prince’s Trust and a patron for Diabetes UK.

Jamie Redknapp

After enjoying the twilight of his Premier League career with Tottenham between 2002 and 2005, Jamie Redknapp is still fondly remembered among the Spurs faithful. After being forced to retire on medical grounds, Redknapp has since become something of a television personality, appearing on the hit show A League of Their Own alongside presenter James Corden and former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff. His media career has also taken off, becoming a household pundit for Sky Sports in recent years.