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John Lacy - Tottenham Hotspur - League career at Spurs.

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Date: 19 August 1978

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      Central Defender
      Tuesday, 14 August 1951
      Liverpool, England.
  • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 19th August 1978 in a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest (Aged: 27)
    • Club Career
      99 League apps (+5 as sub), 2 goals
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John LACY - Tottenham Hotspur - League career at Spurs.


A small piece of football history was created when Spurs signed John Lacy from Fulham in July 1978. It was the first time that an independent transfer tribunal was used to set the price for a player and, at £200, 000, the Liverpool-born central defender made the move across London. Lacy had been a student at the London school of Economics and whilst representing London Universities had impressed their coach, ex-England and Fulham star George Cohen. The 6 foot 3 inch defender's arrival at White Hart Lane was overshadowed by the exciting captures of Argentine World Cup heroes Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa. All 3 of the new signings made their debuts on the opening day of the 1978-79 season in a creditable 1-1 draw at 1st Division Champions Nottingham Forest.


Playing alongside Steve Perryman, Lacy made 43 league and cup appearances in his first season at White Hart Lane. John played in all 7 of the London club's FA Cup games, with Spurs going out 2-0 at Manchester United in a quarter-final replay. Injuries restricted Lacy's appearances to only 4 games throughout 1979-80. These 4 early season games failed to yield a single point for Spurs and they could manage only 14th position in the table. Spurs also failed again at the FA Cup quarter-final stage, losing at home to Liverpool 1-0. The 1980-81 campaign proved to be a better one for the central defender but was, ultimately, to end in disappointment on a personal level. He played in the opening 31 league fixtures and early FA Cup games but failed to gain a place for the latter stages, which culminated in his side winning the trophy.


The emergence of Paul Miller limited Lacy to only 7 league starts throughout 1981-82, where Spurs finished in 4th position. Although the club played 23 cup games in their journey to the FA Cup Final, League Cup Final and European Cup Winners semi-final, Lacy's role was limited to just one appearance as a substitute. 1982-83 was John's last season at Spurs and he made 32 appearances in all competitions. In August 1983, after 132 games and 3 goals, Lacy joined Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee. (Tony Smith).


1970–1971    Kingstonian    19    (0)
1971–1978    Fulham    168    (7)
1978–1983    Tottenham Hotspur    104    (2)
1983–1984    Crystal Palace    27    (0)


After retiring John Lacy worked as double glazing sales manager in the St Albans area.