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Where are they now – Tottenham’s ’91 cup winners

In 1991 a Terry Venables led Spurs side beat Nottingham Forest at Wembley to win a then record eighth FA Cup triumph. The eventful game saw Paul Gascoigne carried off on a stretcher in the opening 20 minutes, after he threw himself into a tackle. The resultant free kick was scored by Stuart Pearce to put Forest ahead but the tie headed into extra-time thanks to an equaliser from Paul Stewart, after Gary Linekar had already passed up the opportunity to draw Spurs level from the penalty spot. A Des Walker own goal ensured that the trophy headed to White Hart Lane.

This is what became of the Tottenham squad from that day on May 18, 1991.

Erik Thorstvedt

Age: 47

Nationality: Norwegian

Made a sensational 97 appearances for his country and became the first Norwegian to win the FA Cup. He retired in 1996 due to back injuries and went on to become his national side’s goalkeeping coach. The stopper also spent a brief spell as Director of Football at his first club, Viking, and has worked as a TV show presenter, commentator and pundit in Norway, currently hosting the humorous ‘Matchball Mandeg’.

Justin Edinburgh

Age: 40

Nationality: English

After leaving White Hart Lane the defender had spells with Portsmouth and Billericay Town, before moving into football management. He won promotion with Fisher Athletic into the Conference South in 2006 and is now manager of Rushden and Diamonds in the Blue Square Premier division.

Also owns two Toni and Guy hair salons with his business partner Jim Shaw.

Pat Van Den Hauwe

Age: 49

Nationality: Welsh

The Belgian-born defender was brought up in London but decided to represent Wales and made 13 appearances for his adopted country. He finished his career in London with Millwall and had a two-year marriage with Mandy Smith, the former wife of Rolling Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman.

He is now based in South Africa.

Steve Sedgley

Age: 41

Nationality: English

This versatile player brought an end to his career in 2000 after a three-year spell with Wolves. He took over the managerial reins at Kingstonian in 2001 after stepping up from his coaching position, but he resigned after 14 months citing a ‘clash of opinions with the club’s owners’ as his reason. Between 2005 and 2007 he acted as youth team coach at Luton Town.

David Howells

Age: 42

Nationality: English

The midfielder went on to run holiday resort-based soccer schools after making over 300 appearances for Spurs. He had a spell as Director of Football at Guilford City before going on to become the director of a sports agency.

Gary Mabbutt (captain)

Age: 48

Nationality: English

His 16-year career at White Hart lane makes him the longest serving Spurs player of all time, and he also comes in second place to Steve Perryman in the all-time appearance list at the North London club.

He is renowned for suffering from diabetes and became an icon for many children with the disease after his appearance on Blue Peter where he talked about the advantages of using insulin to help with the condition.

He is now serving as an ambassador for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

Paul Stewart

Age: 45

Nationality: English

Spurs paid a then record £1.7 million fee for a second division player when they bought the forward from Manchester City in 1988. He retired in 2000 after a few years with non-league side Workington.

Fans of his first club, Blackpool, have voted him into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road.

Paul Gascoigne

Age: 42

Nationality: English

Famously known as ‘Gazza’ and seen as the most naturally gifted English player of his generation. Before the final against Forest the Sunderland-born creator had already agreed an £8.5 million move to Italian giants Lazio. But in his eagerness to leave White Hart Lane on a high he damaged cruciate knee ligaments and ruled himself out of the entire 1991-92 season.

He finished his playing career at Boston United in 2004 and a year later was named as the manager of Kettering Town. He held this position for just 39 days, however, with the club’s owners blaming alcohol problems for his dismissal. Unfortunately, this addiction still haunts him to this day.

Vinny Samways

Age: 41

Nationality: English

After starting his career with Spurs, the midfield maestro went on to have three spells in Spain with Canary Island club Las Palmas and then Sevilla CF and finally lower league side Algeciras.

Gary Lineker

Age: 49

Nationality: English

An impressive 48 goals in 80 England caps make him one of the best strikers this country has ever seen, with him sitting second behind Sir Bobby Charlton in the all-time England scorers’ list. In 1986 he became the only Englishman to be awarded with the Golden Shoe at a World Cup finals tournament.

He now charms the nation with his presenting skills on BBC’s Match of the Day programme. This year he will not host any of the BBC’s golf coverage in order to concentrate fully on the World Cup.

His involvement in one of the longest running commercial campaigns with Walkers Crisps has added to his fame, with the Salt and Vinegar flavour being re-named “Salt ‘n Lineker” at one point in the ‘90s.

He is worshipped in his home town of Leicester, where he also started his career, after he led a consortium that saved City from going out of business earlier this decade.

Paul Allen

Age: 47

Nationality: English

The Essex-born midfielder appeared for eight clubs in a career spanning almost 20 years and now works for the Professional Footballers’ Association.



Age: 43

Nationality: Spanish

The creative talent was the inspiration for the title of Spurs’ fanzine ‘One flew over Seaman’s head’ after his famous 40-yard lob while playing for Real Zaragoza against Arsenal in the 1995 Cup Winners’ Cup.

He now works as a coach in Spain.

Paul Walsh

Age: 47

Nationality: English

The productive striker persued a career as a football agent before moving into the media where he can now be seen regularly on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday show.

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