Alan Gilzean RIP

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Alan Gilzean RIP

Postby Goat Boy » 09 Jul 2018, 12:41

A legend for Dundee and Spurs.

By all accounts a gent off the pitch too.

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Re: Alan Gilzean RIP

Postby The Modernist » 09 Jul 2018, 12:47

Footballers often used to look absolutely ancient back then. Ralph Coates was another.
Difficult to believe Gilzean was probably only about 30 when this photo was taken

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He was a Spurs legend for sure. RIP.

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Re: Alan Gilzean RIP

Postby Rayge » 09 Jul 2018, 12:52

of course - most recently, at the Stoke game at Wembley last December, where he was interviewed pitchside as part of the half-time, ahem, entertainment - he was an unlikely-looking pro footballer, bald and spindly, always looked like he'd be more at home with a pint and a cig in his hands, but he had some sublime skills – tricky feints and dummies, a surprising spring and an absolute mastery of the glancing header.
He was essentially bought as a replacement for my hero, John White, who had been killed earlier that year, and he changed his style to fit in, and was part of two great partnerships, fist with Jimmy Greaves, and then Martin Chivers.
Nearly 80 years old, never would have thought it from seeing him last year.
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Re: Alan Gilzean RIP

Postby Diamond Dog » 09 Jul 2018, 12:58

Shame. A fine player I remember well - as you say, superb at near post flick headers. RIP.
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Re: Alan Gilzean RIP

Postby Rayge » 09 Jul 2018, 21:08

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Re: Alan Gilzean RIP

Postby caramba » 10 Jul 2018, 09:41

Incredibly graceful player who made everything look so easy. Imagine the sort of havoc he could cause today

Bizarre to think he only represented Scotland 22 times. Guess caps were a lot harder to come by in the 60s and 70s, - in an international career stretching across 16 years even Dennis Law only got 55.

The book mentioned in the Guardian obit is well worth reading, btw.