Remembering former Spurs player Micky Dulin and his Spurs career:

Michael Charles Dulin was born in Stepney, in the east end of London in the October of 1935. However, he grew up in Hertfordshire, and would attend Hitchin Grammar school during his youth. Micky had represented England Grammar Schools at football, and the promising footballer and sportsman who had also played for a very successful Hitchin Grammar school side, was scouted by Arthur Rowe’s Spurs during the pre-season of 1952, and he would later join the club on amateur forms. A winger with a good low centre of gravity, very good pace, skill and also strength on the ball. Micky had impressed so much during his early days at Spurs, that he had signed professional forms with them as early on as November of 1952. He would progress up the youth ranks at Spurs during the early 1950s, and travelling to where Spurs trained from Hertfordshire, he would often join former Spurs A and reserve team player Derek Castle on the train journey to Spurs, during those early days. Micky would later play for Spurs at A and B team level, and also in the London Midweek League for Spurs, during his early days at the club.

Having football heroes such as Sir Thomas Finney and Sir Stanley Matthews, Micky was also in awe of the great players who were around at Spurs during the early 1950s, after he had just joined the club. Micky continued to progress well at Spurs, featuring even for the Spurs reserve side, before in the August of 1954, he featured in a friendly against French side Lille Olympique. This was to be the first of 25 Spurs first team appearances that the winger made for the club (11 of those appearances came in competitive competitions). Spurs were starting to build a special team during the late 1950s, not long after many of the players from the great success of the 1950/51 side had either left the club or retired. During his time as a player at the club, Micky Dulin would travel abroad to play for them during a tour of America and Canada, and he played with some of the finest players to ever play for Spurs. Players such as Danny Blanchflower and Eddie Baily, to name just a couple.

Very sadly an injury to Micky’s cruciate ligament in a First Division game against Birmingham City in late 1957, would end Micky’s footballing career and time at Spurs. It was a very sad end to his time at the club, and only four years later, when Micky would likely have been in his footballing prime, Spurs won the double. There would have been an excellent chance that Micky would have been part of that double winning success, at the club. Despite having to retire from playing the game professionally in the late 1950s, the former Spurs player would go onto achieve great things during his life, and in football. Micky became Wingate manager in 1967, starting a legendary association with the non-League club that is now known as Wingate & Finchley. He was named life vice-president of the club in 2000. However, Micky would also manage Barking and also Ilford.

Still playing in charity/veterans games for a number of years, after he had finished playing football for Spurs. Micky would work for the fire brigade, and also as a sports development officer at Waltham Forest. I had the great pleasure and privilege of meeting and interviewing Micky, in 2018, about his time at Spurs during the 1950s. It was without doubt one of the most memorable and interesting Spurs interviews that I have ever done. Micky sadly passed away in 2021. His legacy of all that he achieved in his life will live on. To have appeared for the Spurs first team during the 1950s as a youth team graduate, with all of the great players that were around at Spurs at that time, was a great achievement, and is a credit to just how talented a footballer Micky was.

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