A few years ago I was a guest in the main suite at White Hart Lane and was lucky enough to meet Martin Chivers. I asked him what Alan Gilzean was doing these days and he told me that “he’s gone to ground. He’s the only member of the team that we don’t see or know how to get in touch with.”
I was astonished.
I’ve been lucky enough to meet Martin and other players from my boyhood side since and the story is always the same. A friend of mine played golf with Greavsie and I asked him to find out if he knew. From the answer I got my impression was that Greavsie knows more about the whereabouts but that Gillie doesn’t respond preferring his privacy.
When creating this blog I thought now is my chance to ask the question that I have been asking of ex players to the internet community for someone out there must know what he is doing. I’ve had comments on that article and my stats tell me that he is the most searched hit to my site.
Some of this may be down to his recent induction into the Scottish Hall of Fame but it appears quite clear to me that many supporters of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club hold Gillie in the highest of regards and would wish to welcome him back to White Hart Lane so that we can give him the type of reception that we believe he deserves for his outstanding period of service.
Mr Gilzean, if you are reading this, please accept my apologies if you don’t want to be brought back to the limelight – even once – but please accept that you have formed an important part of our lives; are a hero to many and for a 10 year period helped create the excitement that allowed a regular 48,000 to forget the drudgery or pressures of their everyday lives and live the dream.
You helped us see Spurs win many games, regularly challenge for trophies and win them too. Your artistry in the air is beyond question and your partnerships with Messrs Greaves and Chivers the stuff of legends. Thank you for the part you played into making this club what it is today with your massive on the pitch contribution.
25 November 2012. Tottenham Hotspur V West Ham United. At half time Alan Gilzean was introduced to the crowd and interviewed by Paul Coyte. It was truly memorable. To read more: Return of the King – Alan Gilzean seen at White Hart Lane
I set out below a number of links to other sites containing information about Alan Gilzean which I will continue to add to as more information becomes available: