21 Facts About Alan Gilzean


Alan John Gilzean was a Scottish professional footballer, active from 1955 to 1975.


Alan Gilzean died on 8 July 2018 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.


Alan Gilzean began his career with local side Coupar Angus Juniors, before signing provisional forms with Dundee in January 1956 as a 17-year-old amateur.


Alan Gilzean played once for their youth team Dundee Violet, but then played again for Coupar Angus while working as a despatch clerk for a carpet manufacturer in Perth.


Alan Gilzean signed professional forms with Dundee in February 1957, but then had a spell in Hampshire while he underwent National Service in the Royal Army Service Corps.


Alan Gilzean made his competitive debut for Dundee in August 1959, and then became a key part of a successful side.


In 2009 Alan Gilzean was one of the first inductees in the Dens Park club's Hall of fame.

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Alan Gilzean made his first appearance for Tottenham a week later, in a home fixture against Everton.


Alan Gilzean enjoyed a glittering career as a Tottenham player, while he changed his style of play from being the main goalscorer to being an intelligent and creative forward.


Alan Gilzean formed an effective goal-scoring partnership alongside crowd favourite Jimmy Greaves, and together they were referred to by fans as the "G-Men".


Alan Gilzean was a member of the 1967 FA Cup Final winning team.


Alan Gilzean continued to be a regular first-team player after the arrival of Martin Chivers in early 1968 from Southampton.


Alan Gilzean earned the moniker "The King of White Hart Lane" while at Spurs.


Alan Gilzean had previously represented his country at Under-23 level and the Scottish League XI.


Alan Gilzean received four more international caps in the following twelve months while playing for Dundee.


Alan Gilzean scored twice for a Scotland Select XI against Tottenham Hotspur in a November 1964 memorial match for Tottenham and Scotland player John White, who had died in tragic circumstances earlier that year.


Alan Gilzean returned to England after his spell in South Africa, to become manager of Stevenage Athletic who he managed for one season from 1975 to 1976.


Alan Gilzean stated, whilst playing, that he disliked football and had no intention of furthering his career after playing.


Alan Gilzean later worked for a transport company in Enfield, only a short distance from White Hart Lane.


When journalist Hunter Davies surveyed the Tottenham Hotspur squad in 1972, Alan Gilzean said that he was supportive of the Conservative Party.


Alan Gilzean died on 8 July 2018, having been diagnosed as suffering from a brain tumour a few weeks earlier.