Football Legend (1982-1998)
A model professional in the modern era, Gary Mabbutt played over 600 games for Spurs in 16 years before retiring at the end of the 1997-98 season.
Numbers alone don’t tell the whole story though. Mabbutt battled throughout his career against the effects of diabetes and managed to overcome a serious facial injury in 1994 and a broken leg that ruled him out of the 1996-97 season.
Signed for £105,000 from Bristol Rovers in August 1982, Mabbutt soon tasted glory in the 1984 UEFA Cup triumph before forming one of the best central defensive partnerships seen at the Lane with Richard Gough in the 1986-87 season, which saw us finish third in the league, reach the semi-finals of the League Cup and, unfortunately for him, see a deflection of Mabbutt helped Coventry City to victory on the 1987 FA Cup Final.
Awarded the MBE and winner of 16 full England caps, Mabbutt’s proudest moment came when he lifted The FA Cup at Wembley in 1991.
League Appearances – 447, League Goals – 27, League Cup Appearances – 62, League Cup Goals – 2
FA Cup Appearances – 47, FA Cup Goals – 5, European Appearances – 25, European Goals – 4
JOHN H STRACEY
Former World Boxing Champion
John H Stracey created one of the biggest shocks in British boxing ever, when he ended Jose Napoles’ boxing career in the heat and intensity of a Mexican Bullring. A former world welterweight boxing champion
Turning professional in 1969, John knocked Santos Martini in to rounds in his first bout. John went on to win his first twelve fights with eleven by knockout, proving his consistency and hard hitting punches were a formula for success. Stracey talks of his early career as a sports speaker, attributing much of his later success to his early preparation. John continued impressive form up to 1974, when he beat Roger Menetrey for the European Welterweight title with an eighth round knockout. Common practice in the 1970s was for continental champions to have a chance at the World title, and so John got his big break against Jose Napoles in Mexico City.
Despite being knocked down in the first round, Stracey recovered to close one of Napoles’ eyes and win the fight by technical knockout in the sixth round. A consummate professional, John arrived three weeks before the fight in order to acclimatise to the altitude and environment to ensure he had the best chance of beating Napoles. The desire to achieve and realise ambitions is often covered during John’s talks, creating an engaging and compelling mixture of anecdotes and advice as a boxing speaker.
In 1976, John retained his title against Hedgemon Lewis with a knockout in round ten. However later that year lost his crown as the best Welterweight in the world by losing to Carlos Palomino at Wembley Stadium. Stracey retired as a winner in 1978, knocking out George Warusfel in nine rounds. John enjoyed an illustrious career, beating legends of the sport and enjoying his time as the world’s best. As a boxing speaker, John speaks of the mindset needed to realise ambitions and achieve goals consistently.