Looking back at former Spurs Youth Team player Terry Lloyd’s time at Spurs:

Versatile forward Terry Lloyd was a real prospect at Spurs during the late 1950’s/early 1960’s era of the club. From east London, Terry played schoolboy football for East Ham, and he would excel at that time in schools football, and in the process he was scouted by a number of major London clubs, ranging from Spurs to QPR. Lloyd was recommended to Spurs and then manager Bill Nicholson, by Spurs’ Chief-scout at the time – Dickie Walker (former West Ham United player). Bill Nicholson personally visited Terry’s parents’ house in east London to ask them if Spurs could sign him onto the ground-staff. A centre-forward by trade, who was also more than adept at playing out wide as a winger. Terry Lloyd had excellent off the ball movement, was very alert and also incredibly fast, liking to make runs in behind the other team’s defence. He was a fine goal-scorer who could finish well with both feet, but he was also strong in the air and capable of scoring a good amount of headed goals. In one game for the Spurs youth side against QPR in the FA Youth Cup, Terry scored five goals!

Terry Lloyd was a player with an impressive work-rate, and his ability to play on the flanks as a winger, made him an important player for Spurs’ Youth team, and he would go on several tours with the youth team, to compete in tournaments in Europe. He would also play in the same Spurs youth side as Phil Beal and Frank Saul. As a youngster Terry looked up to Spurs greats Cliff Jones and Bobby Smith, to try and further improve his game. Terry would progress to play some games for the Spurs A team on occasions, but it was in the youth team where he had his best time at the club, making some good friends with the other players along the way. Terry was also in attendance at the celebrations of the double winning season dinner at the Savoy Hotel. Unfortunately he wasn’t retained by Spurs at the end of the double winning season of 1960/61, although assistant manager at the time Harry Evans, said to Terry that he wanted him to stay at the club. He would later join his boyhood club West Ham United, where he would play for their A team, after returning from an injury that had ruled him out for six months.

Terry would later play amateur football for Brentwood Town, before later working in the city, and then working for the port of London. However, after doing the knowledge, Terry would become a London cabbie, a job that he did for many, many years. Now retired, Terry enjoyed his time at Spurs immensely, and like so many others at the club he was just so unlucky that the Spurs A team, reserves and first team were just so incredibly competitive at that special time in the club’s history. However, there is so much to be proud of in his footballing career alone.

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