Where are they now? Former Spurs Youth Team player Glen Alzapiedi:

A real character in the game of football, whose talent and tenacity saw him recommended to Spurs, who he later joined during the late 1970’s as a youth player on part-time forms, Glen Alzapiedi was in fact an Arsenal supporter as a youth. For this part of my where are they now, former Spurs youth/Academy players series, we’re going back a good while in time. However, still very much involved in football to this day, Glen has given a lot to non-League football in recent years alone. Brought up in Waltham Abbey, the talented, tough tackling central midfielder was highly thought of at Spurs at the time, and he was a regular for Spurs’ South-East Counties Division Two side during his time at the club, as well as making one appearance for the very talented Division One side in that time, during the 1980/81 season, when they won the league. During his time at the club, he was also selected to play for a Spurs Youth side in a friendly with Swiss side Chenois Geneva, at Cheshunt. Graham Roberts, Terry Yorath and Don McAllister all started that game, which must have been a great experience for Glen at the time. Glen’s era of Spurs Youth Team players would have had players such as Ian Crook and Allan Cockram around at the time.

Glen did however, spend basically a whole season out injured for Spurs at youth level, which didn’t help his progress at the club. Glen’s final season at Spurs was in 1980/81, and at the end of the season he sadly didn’t get an apprenticeship. However, Glen did get an apprenticeship at Birmingham City, who he spent a while with, which would have added to his footballing grounding as a youth player. Later spending some time at Stevenage later on in his footballing career, although he did unfortunately have some injury problems while he was playing for them. Glen did the knowledge to become a London taxi driver during his footballing career, and he still does that job to this day. However, still very much involved in football on the non-League scene, the former Spurs man has a great knowledge of the game, and Glen is using his knowledge to help players at non-League level, and he has so far had a really successful coaching career in the non-League. One of his finest achievements so far, was helping Concord Rangers get promoted to the National League South, alongside Danny Cowley.

In addition to his coaching achievements with Concord Rangers as an assistant manager/coach, Glen has also managed and coached at clubs such as Ware, St Albans City, Cheshunt and Brentwood Town, and he has a lot of experience at that level. And at the beginning of the Isthmian League Premier Division season that has just finished, alongside his son Dan, Glen was appointed by Aveley on to the management staff. And both Glen and Dan helped Aveley (they had only been promoted to the Isthmian League Premier Division for the start of the 2022/23 season), to achieve a great feat, in winning last season’s Isthmian League Premier Division play-offs, to impressively win promotion to the National League South. I attended an Aveley game last season, and I was impressed by the way that they played, and also at how difficult they made it for the other side to play their game against them. Glen’s time at Spurs and days spent at their old Cheshunt training ground may have been over 40 years ago, but it would still have left an impression on Glen, and his coaching career. He is a really nice man who has a lot to be proud of, and I wish him and Aveley further success in the future.

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