Spurs face Monaco tonight and for fans of a certain vintage, the fixture will bring back bitter memories of the loss of a favourite son.

Back in 1987, Glenn Hoddle decided to test himself away from White Hart Lane and an English football environment that never really suited his immense talents.

Hoddle moved to Monaco, where a certain Arsene Wenger would play him just off the lone striker Mark Hateley. It was the obvious position for a player of Hoddle’s qualities, but this had escaped a number of English managers at both club and country, during an era when 4-4-2 ruled supreme.

The England star would spend four years at Monaco and though the last two seasons were ruined by injury, Hoddle would win the French title and score a total of 30 goals in 87 appearances.

One of the hardest things for Tottenham fans to deal with when Hoddle left, was the lack of TV coverage of foreign football at the time. While we can now watch Gareth Bale every week at Real Madrid, Hoddle’s exploits at Monaco went unseen.

For a player that was so talented that supporters would turn up early at matches just to watch him warm up, this was hard to take. Fortunately a highlights video has appeared on YouTube and it’s absolutely glorious.

Watch Hoddle’s best moments at Monaco below.



  1. He basically played the number ten role in his last season at Spurs.
    Probably why Allen scored so many.
    At least Pleat had the balls to do it, just a shame that the England managers at the time didn’t utilise somebody who was as good as Zidane if not even better.

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  3. Hoddle is my all time idol..Very creative in midfield..Controls ball very well..Passes the ball almost accurately to his team mates..Can never forget his goal in his Spurs time where the ball never touches the ground..

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