‘Where are they now?’ – Tottenham’s League Cup winners of ‘99

The 1999 Worthington Cup final saw Tottenham Hotspur win the competition for the third time. The game itself was mediocre, but the closing stages were anything but, with a diving header from Allan Nielsen clinching silverware for George Graham’s side. It was an impressive victory for Spurs after they had played the final third of the match with 10 men, after Justin Edinburgh became the last ever player to be sent off at the old Wembley, following an altercation with Robbie Savage.

Whatever happened to that triumphant Spurs side?

Ian Walker

Age: 38

Walker made over 300 appearances for the North London side before handing in a transfer request in 2000 after losing his place in the side to Neil Sullivan. The four-capped England international then spent four years at Leicester City, before his final move to Bolton. Walker hasn’t given up hope of one last move and reportedly had trials at Kansas City Wizards back in January.

Stephen Carr

Age: 33

Injuries hampered the Irish full-back’s 11-year stay with Spurs and after a spell with Newcastle United is still plying his trade in the Premier League with Birmingham City after he helped the West Midlands club gain promotion last season. His tenacious displays have earned him the captain’s armband at St Andrews.

Sol Campbell

Age: 35

The centre-half committed the treacherous act of moving across North London to Arsenal in 2001 after 12 years with the club he went through the youth ranks with. Following four years away from the capital with Portsmouth, and a strange affiliation with Sven Goran Eriksson at Notts County, he is now amazingly back at the Emirates.

Ramon Vega

Age: 38

The Swiss defender went on to play for Celtic and Watford before retiring from the game in France. Since then he has gone into the world of business – opening the Duet Group, an asset management and private equity firm, in 2002. He also specialised in real estate and hotels before opening up his own soccer school in Marbella, Spain.

In February 2009 Vega made an unsuccessful bid to buy Portsmouth FC from Alexandre Gaydamak because he failed to prove he had sufficient funds. Interestingly, Vega can speak five different languages.

Justin Edinburgh

Age: 40

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.

Darren Anderton

Age: 38

Despite being given the unfavourable tag of ‘sicknote’ during his career, Anderton made over 500 appearances in all competitions for his five professional clubs. His 12 years at Spurs were his most successful and during this time he earned 30 England caps. He made an emotional retirement from the game in December 2008 after spending two years at Bournemouth, playing in League One and Two, showing his critics that he was prepared for a scrap.

Steffen Freund

Age: 40

The German midfielder was adored by Spurs fans despite never scoring a goal in over 100 outings for the club. After a stint with Leicester he retired in 2004 and has since worked as assistant coach for Nigeria and is currently head coach for the German under-16 team.

Allan Nielsen

Age: 38

The midfielder made 44 appearances for Denmark and sought a career in coaching after finishing his playing days in 2004. He currently works for Birkerod Sports College and also arranges street football events in his homeland.

David Ginola

Age: 43

The creative midfielder was known for his magical touch and ability to beat opponents with ease. The Frenchman pursued an acting career after his playing days, most notably appearing in the commercials for the L’Oreal hair products. He is also passionate about wine making and has won awards for his endeavours at his vineyard.

Les Ferdinand

Age: 43

The England striker was the first player to score for six different Premier League clubs and also scored the 10,000th Premier League goal in 2001. He currently works as a coach for Spurs along with some punditry for the BBC on a part-time basis. Ferdinand is also a qualified helicopter pilot.

Steffen Iversen

Age: 33

The Norwegian striker, who has so far made 77 appearances for his country, is now back in his homeland’s top division playing for Rosenborg.

 


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