The Ghost, John White, a Reminder

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The Ghost, John White, a Reminder

A photo of Bill Nicholson, a great player, manager and person in his own right, yet one player that its rare to see or hear about is John White, known as The Ghost by the faithful due to his ability to walk into opposing teams box without any ones knowledge.

A footballer so talented and important for our most famous team that in the 15 games he missed for us we won just once. His stats don't look too impressive, only 40 goals in 183 games for an inside forward, not the greatest but many of the greats have described White as one of the biggest tragedies in their careers.

White was brought to Tottenham on the recommendation of Danny Blanchflower and Dave MacKay, two of our best and most dominating central midfielders. He had been looked at by a number of teams but he looked weak and pale and the only reason the great Billy Nich risked a transfer was because of info from the army that told him that White was a very impressive cross country runner as well as a skilled footballer.

He helped transform our team, with him on our books we never once finished worse than 4th in the league and famously he helped win both the Double and the first European competition by an English side.

However, at the age of just 27 he was tragically struck down while on a golf course. White decided to shelter underneath a tree during a lightning storm and there a legend died at the age of 27.

It was a great shame for everyone involved and it robbed us of some of the best years of a truly amazing player.

I feel one of the best descriptions I have read of his talents was made by Cliff Jones "I say that he was like Glenn Hoddle. But he was different to Glenn in some ways. Glenn was someone who you had to bring into a game, whereas John White would bring himself into a game."

If any one has any more information they'd like to share, please post it below. I hope that some people have read to this point so they can see just how great a player White was and I hope some people will have learned a bit more.


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