My interview with former Spurs apprentice Kevin Worsfold:
Signed by Spurs as an apprentice for the 1970/71 season Kevin Worsfold went on to play for Spurs during the early 1970’s. Before going onto play for Brighton and a whole host of other lower league clubs, I caught up with Kevin to chat about his memories of his time at the lilywhites.
What are your earliest memories of your time at Spurs and how did you come about joining the club?
Kevin: l was spotted playing for Lea Valley district schools football team by one of Spurs’ scouts,Dick Walker,who invited me to train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the club and at the end of the season there were 3 trial games and l was one of nine apprentice’s signed on for the start of season 70/71.My earliest memories was pre-season training at Cheshunt which was hard graft and seeing close up those players who l used to watch from the terraces.
What was your time at Spurs like on the whole?
Kevin: Very enjoyable most of the time but didn’t like the jobs that apprentices had to do like cleaning dressing rooms,treatment room,boot room and sweeping the gym.
Who was your footballing inspiration/hero?
Kevin: Steve Perryman as he was a player who had come through the ranks.
Who were your greatest influences at the club?
Kevin:Ron Henry who was the junior youth team coach.
Were there any other players at the club or outside, who you’d model your game around?
Kevin: Martin Peters was a player l loved to watch.
What was the toughest thing about being a young up and coming player during that time and what were the training facilities like in those days?
Kevin: Not seeing many of your old school mates as you couldn’t socialise because of strict training schedule and training was either in the gym or under the stands at White Hart Lane which were pretty basic or at Brookfield lane Cheshunt.
Were there any youth players at Spurs who you were particularly close to and are you still in touch with any of your former team mates?
Kevin: We were all a close group of lads but I suppose Gary Mabee and Julio Grato were my closest, lm still in contact with Julio and have met up a few times over the Years.
What was your greatest memory from your time at the lilywhites?
Kevin: Going to the league cup final 70/71 against A.Villa and attending the celebration banquet afterwards at the Savoy hotel.
Could you talk me through your career after you left Spurs?
Kevin: After being released by Tottenham I signed for Brighton, stayed there for a season before going on to play for Bletchley Town who were in the Southern League, had 3 seasons there and stopped playing semi pro and played for a few teams in the South midland league.
What was the pinnacle of your footballing career?
Kevin: I would say my time at Tottenham.
Who was the greatest player that you ever played alongside?
Kevin: At Brighton, a player called Tony Towner.
What would your advice be to the current Spurs academy players, as they look to make there way up the footballing pyramid?
Kevin: Watch as many players who play in your position as you can, always listen to your coach and as Bill Nicholson used to say “When your not in possession,get in position.“
Do still you follow Spurs’ progress?
Kevin: I was born in south Tottenham so of course I still follow the Spurs. COYS !!!