Born King “Gillie” Gilzean – Diagnosed With Brain Tumour

Thoughts and prayers go out to Alan Gilzean and his family today as reports of a recent diagnosis emerge.

The current condition of the Spurs legend is unknown but diagnosis of a brain tumour has been confirmed. It’s saddening times for Alan and his family as fan tributes and messages of support flood in.

A statement on Spurs’ twitter account reads “our thoughts are with Alan Gilzean and his family after our legendary striker was recently diagnosed with a brain tumour. The club and Tribute trust are in contact with Alan’s family, who have asked for privacy at this time. We send them all our best wishes.”

Alan Gilzean Wembley FA Cup Final 1967.

A Gilzean Career

Throughout his career Alan made a big impact on the fans and the clubs he represented. Starting his professional career with Dundee before finally crossing the divide to Tottenham, he was conceived as the new “Born King of White Hart Lane”.

Alan John Gilzean aka “Gillie” was born in Coupar Angus, Perthshire, Scotland.

Beginning his professional career at Dundee in 1957 and winning the Scottish League in 1961/62, he scored a club record of 169 goals. He assisted Dundee to a European Cup Semi-final in 1963 and reached the Scottish Cup Final in 1964.

Alan Gilzean. Dundee 1957-1964.

For King & Country

As one of the best headers of the ball that Spurs have ever seen, they signed him up in 1964. Gilzeans’ goals spurred Tottenham to win the FA Cup in 1967 and the UEFA Cup in 1972. His career with the club was enduring and successful including two League Cups in 1971 & 73.

Alan simply loved to play football, he enjoyed performing for club and country. He buried 12 goals in 22 appearances for Scotland. One of which was the winner against England in 1964. He became a Scottish FA Hall Of famer in 2009.

Call of duty: Alan inducted in Scottish FA Hall of Fame.

After Alan played his final game for Spurs, there was a self imposed period of exile that lasted more than 30 years, before finally making a comeback to the Lane.

Football – 1973 / 1974 season – Tottenham Hotspur Photocall Alan Gilzean.

Comeback King

In 2013 Gilzean was inducted into the Spurs Hall Of Fame. In an interview by the Scotsman, Gilzean talks about being a fully conscripted member of the former players’ platoon;

“I said OK I will come back and see if I like it or not – and I liked it. At first I wasn’t sure if I would like to do it. I gave it a try last season until the end of the season. You meet a lot of old faces, old friends. I gave it a try and I enjoyed it. I amazed myself actually. And especially now, with the team doing so well. It would mean everything to me if they won the league – everything. I am glad I came back.”

Comeback King – Induction to Spurs’ Hall of Fame.

Tributes and messages

“He is a true legend of our club, seen him play many times”

“Get well soon gilly”

“A true gent, “The G-Men” a dynamic duo with Jimmy Greaves, all the best Alan thank you for your talent.”

“Wishing you well. You never gave up when you played and you can make it through this. Your a fighter”

“Thinking of one of our great footballers who graced WHL. COYS”

“A wonderful player!”

“Great gentleman on the pitch”

“Speedy recovery big man coys”

“Keep fighting it Big Al”

“Born is the King of White Hart Lane, Alan Gilzean”

From the team here at SportsGrape we wish Gillie a positively steady and full recovery. COYS!!!!

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