Where are they now? Former Spurs youth player Aron Sharpe:

Aron Sharpe was with Spurs as a youth player on associate schoolboy forms with the club for a time during the early 1980s (Aron spent six months with the club as a youth player during that time). A boyhood Spurs fan from Finchley, Aron was a central midfielder, who had a lot of ability with the ball, and who was also creative with it. Although he was a midfielder, as a youngster Aron’s footballing hero was Spurs legend and former goalkeeper Pat Jennings. Despite being invited up for trials in Derby by a man called Jimmy Burton (Dave Mackay’s old business partner), Aron Sharpe eventually ended up being invited to Spurs because of Dave Mackay’s connections with the club. When I interviewed Aron about his memories of his time at Spurs in 2019, I remember him telling me just how different it was, stepping-up from one level to another, and also how different the pace and physicality of the games were. Aron wasn’t released by Spurs, instead the former schoolboy youth player left the club after he was not getting picked to start matches. After spending some time with Luton Town after leaving Spurs, Aron since went into the fashion industry. An industry which he is still very much involved with to this day.

A highly intelligent football man, with a lot of experience in coaching and football since his association with Spurs all those years ago. During the 2000’s Aron became the chairman of non-League side and current Isthmian Premier Division side Wingate & Finchley, and he is still the chairman of the club to this day. Wingate, before they merged with Finchley during the early 1990’s, had quite a lot of ex-Spurs players involved with the club, involved in playing and coaching capacities, as well as at Finchley also. Associated with Wingate was the late, former Spurs player Micky Dulin, who had a long association with the club, and it would be great if at some point in the future, a Spurs Under 21 side were to visit Wingate for a pre-season friendly. Wingate & Finchley do a lot of good work off the pitch in the community, and their stadium in Finchley (The Maurice Rebak Stadium) is a really nice stadium. I finally got to go to a Wingate & Finchley game at The Maurice Rebak Stadium last season, in an Isthmian Premier Division fixture with Enfield Town. It was a really enjoyable Saturday afternoon spent at Wingate & Finchley.

There is also a really good youth policy for young players at Wingate & Finchley, as I have noticed over the last couple of seasons. Last season the club’s men’s team finished in 16th place in the Isthmian Premier Division, finishing the season strongly to avoid the relegation zone. Aron is a nice man and a top football man, and I wish his club all the very best for the 2023/24 season.

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