David GINOLA

Tottenham Hotspur

David Ginola - Tottenham Hotspur - League appearances & biography.

Photo/Foto: Nigel French

Date: 19 March 2000

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    • POSITION
      Left Winger
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Wednesday, 25 January 1967
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Gassin, France
  • CLUBS
  • Aston Villa
    • Club Career Dates
      2000-2002
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 19th August 2000 in a 0-0 draw at Leicester City (Aged: 33)
    • Club Career
  • Everton FC
    • Club Career Dates
      2002
    • League Debut
      Sunday, 10th February 2002 in a 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal (Aged: 35)
    • Club Career
  • Newcastle United
    • Club Career Dates
      1995-1997
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 19th August 1995 in a 3-0 win at home to Coventry City (Aged: 28)
    • Club Career
  • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Club Career Dates
      1997-2000
    • League Debut
      Sunday, 10th August 1997 in a 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester United (Aged: 30)
    • Club Career
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David GINOLA - Tottenham Hotspur - League appearances & biography.

 David Ginola is pictured above during the match against Arsenal .

100 League apps, 12 goals

Toulon:   1985-1986     Played   14     Scored   0   goals   (Ligue 1)
     1986-1987     Played   34     Scored   0   goals   (Ligue 1)
     1987-1988     Played   33     Scored   4   goals   (Ligue 1)
 
Racing Paris:   1988-1989     Played   29     Scored   7   goals   (Ligue 2)
     1989-1990     Played   32     Scored   1   goal   (Ligue 1)
 
Brest:   1990-1991     Played   33     Scored   1   goal
     1991-1992     Played   17     Scored   9   goals
 
Paris SG:   1991-1992     Played   15     Scored   2   goals   (Ligue 1)
     1992-1993     Played   34     Scored   6   goals   (Ligue 1)
     1993-1994     Played   38     Scored   13   goals   (Ligue 1)
     1994-1995     Played   28     Scored   11   goals   (Ligue 1)
 
Transferred on 6/7/1995 for £2.5 million
 
Newcastle Utd:   1995-1996     Played   34     Scored   5   goals   (Premiership)
     1996-1997     Played   24     Scored   1   goal   (Premiership)
 
Transferred on 18/7/1997 for £2 million
 
Spurs:   1997-1998     Played   34     Scored   6   goals   (Premiership)
     1998-1999     Played   30     Scored   3   goals   (Premiership)
     1999-2000     Played   36     Scored   3   goals   (Premiership)
 
Transferred to Aston Villa on 1/8/2000 for £3 million
 

 

 

 These images of David Ginola playing for Tottenham Hotspur were taken by Nigel French on 10th. August 1997. ©

  

 When England striker Teddy Sheringham departed for Manchester United in the summer of 1997, Tottenham were left in urgent need of attacking reinforcements. The club responded with a double swoop on Newcastle United for £6m forward Les Ferdinand and £2m winger David Ginola, a player as frustrating as he was flamboyant. Indeed, Ginola had left St James' Park under a cloud after falling out with new manager Kenny Dalglish. However, with skill and strength in abundance - albeit with an occasional tendency to go to ground under challenges - the gifted Frenchman brought much-needed flair to a distinctly average Spurs team, and excited fans who were still reeling from the departure of their talismanic striker. Ginola didn't score a league goal for his new club until the end of October, but it was certainly worth the wait. His left-footed curler from just outside the Sheffield Wednesday box helped to secure Tottenham's first league win in almost two months. Six losses in the next seven games plunged Spurs into the mire, before Ginola's brace dragged them to a crucial 3-0 victory over fellow strugglers Barnsley. He went on to score nine goals in all competitions, many of his six in the league helping to earn crucial points as Spurs avoided relegation.

 

Early in 1998-99, George Graham took over as manager and the doubters wondered whether David would be able to work under such a notorious disciplinarian. However, Graham looked to make the most of Ginola's two-footedness within a sound team structure, demanding that the winger get in plenty of crosses with his left or cut inside to shoot with his right. Despite managing only three league goals, David consistently produced inspired performances as Spurs chased cup glory on two fronts. In the League Cup quarter-final against Manchester United, he produced exactly what his manager had ordered, whipping in a near post cross for Chris Armstrong to head in before sealing a 3-1 win with a trademark strike from distance. Although he was heavily marked in the final against Leicester City, Ginola claimed his first honour in English football as Spurs took the cup with a 1-0 triumph. Memorable strike followed memorable strike, particularly in the FA Cup. A stunning low drive at Wimbledon earned a 4th round replay which Spurs won 3-0. Darren Anderton's 35-yard drive against Leeds United in the 5th round looked like it might not be equalled all season - but the Frenchman did it in the same half. Having already hit the woodwork with two audacious efforts, Ginola met a dropping ball with a ferocious volley from 25 yards, sealing the tie in spectacular fashion.

 

Yet it was in the quarter-final at Barnsley that David produced the moment most Spurs fans will always remember him for. Picking the ball up on the left-hand touchline, he weaved in and out of the Barnsley defenders before cutting inside and rolling the ball into the far corner. Many likened it to Ricky Villa's famous cup final winner in 1981, but there was to be no repeat of that triumph as Spurs were disappointingly beaten 2-0 by Newcastle in the semi-finals. For Ginola though, the accolades kept coming and his performances earned him the PFA and Football Writers' awards for player of the year. After his harsh omission from France's 1998 World Cup squad, David had completed his most successful season in English football. Although he didn't quite hit the same heights in his final season at the club, Ginola did add to his catalogue of outstanding goals. A typically powerful run and long range finish against Middlesbrough in April provided the most special of his five in all competitions. However, he was unable to prevent a disappointing mid table finish or early exits from all three cup competitions. That summer, Tottenham took the opportunity to make a profit on a player approaching his 33rd birthday and after exactly 100 league appearances, with 12 goals, Ginola was transferred to Aston Villa on 1st August 2000 for £3m. David's flair and invention had not only marked him out as one of Tottenham's most skilful players since Paul Gascoigne, but his way of playing the game had come to embody the very principles of the club. On 11th December 2008, he was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame - but had long since written his name into supporters' hearts. (Alex Voskou)