Tottenham Hotspur announced today that two of the greatest players in its long history are set to be inducted into its Hall of Fame. Striker Jimmy Greaves and midfielder/defender Steve Perryman will join the ranks of other great Tottenham Hotspur players to be similarly recognized in a ceremony and dinner on Wednesday, April 20.
Greavsie is widely considered one of, if not the, greatest Tottenham striker of all time. Spurs' all-time top goal scorer, he netted 266 times in his long career with Spurs. He left the club in rather acrimonious circumstances in 1970 after being sold by Bill Nicholson and never again returned to White Hart Lane, having felt betrayed by the club he loved. He was previously scheduled to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after reconciling with Tottenham last May, but suffered a severe stroke last Spring and the induction ceremony was postponed. The club announced that, due to the after-effects of his illness, Greavsie will not be attending the induction ceremony in person.
Perryman played a staggering 854 games for Tottenham as a midfielder and later defender, scoring 31 goals in a long career that spanned three decades. Tottenham's all-time appearance record holder, Perryman was a member of the Tottenham squads that lifted the FA Cup in 1981 & 1982, the League Cup in 1971 & 1973, and the UEFA Cup in 1972 and 1984. Perryman was a coach at Tottenham in the 1990s, and is now the Director of Football at Exeter FC, Like Greaves, Perryman was set for an earlier induction into Tottenham's Hall of Fame in 2012, but this was likewise postponed after he underwent emergency heart surgery.
I can't think of two more deserving players to enter into the club's Hall of Fame, and it's gratifying to see both of them finally honored by the club. That both of them will be inducted on the same day makes it even more exciting.