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Tottenham Hotspur legends Terry Dyson and Cliff Jones attend charity film screening
Die-hard Tottenham Hotspur fans were left drooling as they got to meet Spurs legends Terry Dyson and Cliff Jones at a charity film screening.
The Tottenham Tribute Trust hosted a special screening of the film Those Glory Glory Days at The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, in Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham, this evening.
The film focuses on a group of girls who become obsessed with the club and their own quest to obtain tickets for the 1961 FA Cup Final.
The 1960/61 season was the year Spurs became the first team that century to win both the FA Cup and Football League, the feat has since been referred to as winning "the Double”.
The evening was hosted by matchday host Paul Coyte, who interviewed the guests of honour, who both played in the 1961 team.
When asked what contributed to their victory Mr Jones said: “We knew we were in contention when David Mackay joined the team and that’s when it took off. He was the main man.”
Terry Dyson said: “Bill Nicholson and Danny Blanchflower were an amazing team. Bill was in charge off the pitch but while we were playing Danny took control.”
All proceeds from the evening will go directly to assist former Spurs players.
Zoe Nathenson, who played the lead role of 13-year-old girl Danny in the film, attended the event with its writer Julie Welch.
Mrs Welch said: “It was fantastic to see the film again after so many years and Zoe was absolutely amazing in it.
“The film is semi-autobiographical – I put a lot of myself into the character Zoe played and looking back she was absolutely barmy.
“I think if I had never become a Spurs fan then I would never have become a football journalist and I would never have met my husband and I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
“The club is responsible for almost all of the good things in my life.”
Ms Nathenson said: “Acting in this film was my first acting job and probably the best experience of my life.
She added: “When I was growing up my grandfather took me to Old Trafford to see Manchester United play but I will always have a soft spot for Spurs.”
Lifelong Spurs fan Danielle Betts, 51, from Chingford, bought tickets to the event as a surprise for her father William Sugrue, 74.
She said: “I came here tonight because Julie Welch’s story is my story except in 1978 - the film resonated with me – I remember when it was first broadcast on Channel 4 and I just thought it was about my life.
“My boys are Spurs fans and I’m here with my father who first took me to see Spurs when I was very small – so small that I would have to stand on a cardboard box just so I could see the game.
“This is a very important charity for me to support because the club has given me so much and I feel like this is my way of paying them back.”
William Sugrue, 74, said: “Tottenham Hotspur is very much a part of my life.
“The team that won the double were special and I still think David Mackay was the best Spurs player ever.
“Spurs are a lovely club and right now they have the right man in charge but not the right team of players.”
The evening was dedicated to Darren Alexander, the joint-chairman of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust, who passed away suddenly at the start of this month.
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