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Terry Venables

Terry Venables

Clubs played for: Chelsea, Tottenham, QPR, C. Palace, (1959-1974).

Born: 1943

Birthplace: Dagenham, London

Position: Midfielder

Biography: The hub of a well oiled machine, was an FA Cup winner in 1961 before playing a key role in the successful drive for promotion two years later. After forming a right flank axis with Ken Shellito and Bert Murray, he then captained League Cup winning side at Wembley in 1965. Always had an uneasy relationship with Tommy Docherty and was stripped of the captaincy soon after the Blackpool incident. He was placed on the transfer but the clubs directors insisted he stayed while they were still in the hunt for honours. Was eventually sold to Spurs for £80,000. A former England boss, Venables is one of the most colourful characters in the game, earned his nick name 'El Tel' in Barcelona and lost an expensive legal battle with Lord Sugar after a spell in charge of Spurs. Has also managed Australia, Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Leeds and was chairman of Portsmouth. Ran a drinking club Scribes in West London, co-created the television series Hazel and is still in much demand as a television and newspaper pundit.

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