Tottenham Hotspur 1975-87
Glenn Hoddle joined Tottenham Hotspur as an apprentice in April 1974, and made his first-team debut as a 17-year-old substitute against Norwich City in August 1975. Between 1975 and 1987, Hoddle scored 110 goals in 490 first-team matches in all competitions for Spurs, and was the fulcrum of the Spurs team of the early 1980s that won two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup. Although injury ruled him out of the UEFA Cup final, Hoddle’s display against Feyenoord, in the Second Round, prompted Feyenoord’s Johan Cruyff to offer Hoddle his shirt, as a sign of respect, such was the quality of Hoddle’s performance. Hoddle also appeared in the 1982 League Cup Final and 1987 FA Cup Final for Tottenham before departing for AS Monaco.
Glenn Hoddle was appointed Chelsea Player-Manager on 4 June 1993. Often playing as sweeper in a back three, Hoddle led Chelsea to their first FA Cup Final since 1970, and although Chelsea were to lose against Manchester United at Wembley in May 1994, the subsequent qualification for the UEFA European Cup Winners Cup led to a profile raising 1994-95 European campaign, and arguably to Ruud Gullit signing for Chelsea in the summer of 1995. Hoddle appeared 39 times as a player for Chelsea. His vision and profile laid the foundations for the future of the football club.