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Alan Gilzean's induction into the SFA Hall of Fame

By TheDarkBlues, 04/12/16

A creative player and deadly marksman, Alan Gilzean is particularly remembered by a generation of Dundee and Tottenham Hotspur fans for his prowess in the air. In the dark blue of Dundee, Gilzean became a household name scoring over 100 goals in the top division of Scottish football. With the Dens Park club he would win the Scottish League Championship in 1962, would reach the European Cup semi final in 1963 and would be a Scottish Cup finalist in 1964.

A high profile move to Tottenham Hotspur followed, where Alan formed a deadly partnership with Jimmy Greaves and later with Martin Chivers. With Spurs, Gilzean would win the FA Cup in 1967, the League Cup in 1971 and 1973 and the UEFA Cup in 1972. He would retire from playing in 1974 after 491 games and 173 goals for Tottenham Hotspur and having reached a second UEFA Cup Final. At international level Alan played 22 times for Scotland, scoring an impressive 12 goals. Perhaps his most memorable goal for Scotland, a trademark glancing header, came against England in a 1-0 victory at Hampden Park in 1964.

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