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Alan John Gilzean (22 October 1938 – 8 July 2018) was a Scottish professional football player, active from 1955 to 1975.

Gilzean joined Tottenham Hotspur in December 1964, moving for a transfer fee of £72,500. He made his first appearance for Tottenham a week later, in a home fixture against Everton.

Gilzean enjoyed a glittering career as a Tottenham player, while he also changed his style of play from being the main goalscorer to being an intelligent and creative forward. He formed an effective goal-scoring partnership alongside crowd favourite Jimmy Greaves, and together they were referred to by fans as the "G-Men". A notable match he was involved in was the 4th round FA Cup in 1966 match against Burnley when he scored a hat-trick, and won the game 4–3 with a late goal. He was a member of the 1967 FA Cup Final winning team. Gilzean continued to be a regular first-team player after the arrival of Martin Chivers in early 1968 from Southampton.

After strike-partner Greaves moved to West Ham United in March 1970, Gilzean and Chivers formed a new and equally successful goalscoring partnership. This contributed greatly to Tottenham's cup triumphs in the first half of the decade, winning the League Cup in 1971, an all-English 1972 UEFA Cup Final against Wolverhampton Wanderers, and a second League Cup victory in 1973. He earned the moniker "The King of White Hart Lane" while at Spurs.

The 1973–74 season was Gilzean's last as a professional footballer as Spurs lost the UEFA Cup final to Dutch side Feyenoord Rotterdam. Tottenham awarded Gilzean with a testimonial match, played against Red Star Belgrade in November 1974, to recognise his ten years of service as a Tottenham player.


1966-67 - FA Cup (5)
1967 - Charity Shield (shared, 5)
1970-71 - Football League Cup (1)
1971-72 - UEFA Cup (1)
1972-73 - Football League Cup (2)

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1967 FA Cup Final squad - winners
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1971 Football League Cup Final squad - winners
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1972 UEFA Cup Final squad - winners
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1973 Football League Cup Final squad - winners
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