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Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool (01/11/2008) - Double Agents
Thursday, 30th October 2008
In advance of our first of two trips to White Hart Lane this month on Saturday evening, YNWA looks at the careers of some of those who have represented both Tottenham Hotspur and the reds. There have been quite a lot of players in this situation, with most of the traffic being from north to south.

Robbie
Robbie Keane joined the reds for £19m from Spurs in July, having helped them to claim the Carling Cup earlier in the year, notching 107 times in 254 games since arriving from Leeds United for £7m in August 2002. He has so far struck just twice in sixteen reds outings.

Most recent double agent
Peter Crouch spent two years at White Hart Lane as a professional before joining Queens Park Rangers in July 2000 for £60,000, without having made the first-team. He arrived at Anfield from Southampton for £7m in July 2005, and struck 42 times in 134 games, helping us to claim the FA Cup and FA Community Shield before rejoining Portsmouth for a fee of up to £11m in July.

At the back
Ray Clemence left Anfield while still at his peak in May 1981, after 665 appearances, having won five League titles, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and four FA Charity Shields in his fourteen years at Anfield. He won a second FA Cup winner's medal in his first season with Spurs, playing on until 1987 and making 240 League appearances for them.

John Scales joined Spurs for £2.6m in December 1996 after 94 reds games, having signed from Wimbledon for £3.5m in September 1994. He only made 37 appearances in nearly four years in North London, as he continued to struggle with injuries. Fellow centre-half Neil Ruddock had two spells with Spurs prior to his big move to Anfield in July 1993. He played 61 times for them, netting five goals, while he struck twelve times in 152 reds games.

Short-lived reds left-back Christian Ziege left Anfield for Spurs in July 2001, for £4m. He only made 55 appearances for them, bagging ten goals, before returning to his native land in June 2004, signing for Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he is now Director of Football. He had netted twice in 32 games in his one year with the reds, helping us to claim the Worthington Cup. Full-back John Stephenson played for our second string in the Lancashire Combination, without ever making our first-team. He joined Spurs from Swindon Town in April 1901, but could only make four Southern League appearances for them.

North London bosses
Keith Burkinshaw became Spurs manager in July 1976, staying in the White Hart Lane hot-seat until June 1984, leading them to two FA Cup wins, and the UEFA Cup. He made only one reds appearance in his four years at Anfield in the 1950's, against Port Vale in April 1955. Doug Livermore signed from Bolton Wanderers in November 1965 and made just eighteen appearances in our midfield before joining Norwich City in November 1970, having failed to establish himself in the first-team at Anfield. He spent several years on the coaching staff at White Hart Lane before becoming their Manager for the 1992/93 season, working with Ray Clemence and leading them to eighth in the Premier League. He returned to Anfield as Roy Evans' assistant in 1994, helping us to claim the Coca Cola Cup the following year, but left at the same time as Roy four years later.

Striking stars moving south
Paul Walsh left Anfield for Spurs in February 1988 for £500,000, having struck 37 times in 112 reds games, and winning a League title in 1986 and the Screen Sport Super Cup after arriving from Luton Town for £700,000 in May 1984. He spent four years in North London, but only grabbed 21 goals in 156 appearances, before moving on to Portsmouth for £400,000 in June 1992. Ronnie Rosenthal netted 22 times in 97 appearances in a red shirt, before joining Spurs for £250,000 in January 1994. He stayed for three and a half years, helping them to an FA Cup win at Anfield in March 1995. He notched just four times in 88 League outings for the North London outfit, before moving on to Watford on a free transfer in August 1997.

Harry Bradshaw, the first red to win international honours, scored 53 times in 138 games for Liverpool, helping us to two Second Division titles before joining Spurs in May 1898, who were then in the Southern League. Frank O'Donnell guested for both clubs during the Second World War, netting once in two reds games during 1940/41. Joseph Brough signed from Burslem Port Vale in 1910 and struck three times in eleven senior outings before joining Stoke the following year, going from there to White Hart Lane.

In the middle
Graeme Souness started his career at White Hart Lane, but failed to make his mark, and so moved on to Middlesbrough. He arrived at Anfield from the north east in January 1978 for £352,000, and went on to play 359 reds games, scoring 55 goals as we won five League titles, three European Cups and four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields. Spurs added to their treatment room woes when they took on Jamie Redknapp in April 2002 after he had made 308 reds appearances in his eleven and a half years at Anfield, scoring 41 times. He played just 49 times for the Lilywhites, bagging four goals, before joining his father at Southampton in January 2005.

Nick Barmby started his career at White Hart Lane, netting 28 times in 110 games before moving to Middlesbrough in August 1995. He crossed Stanley Park in July 2000, grabbing eight goals in 58 reds games before moving on again to Leeds United in August 2002. Øyvind Leonhardsen netted seven goals in 49 reds games before moving to Spurs for £3m in August 1999. He struck eleven times in 72 games for Spurs, before joining Aston Villa three years later. Paul Stewart spent four years with Spurs before moving to Anfield in July 1992 for £2.3m. He had bagged 38 goals in 173 games for the North London outfit, including one in the 1991 FA Cup Final. However, his reds career was far less successful, scoring just three times in 42 games during his four years in L4.

Danny Murphy arrived from Crewe Alexandra for an overall £3m fee in July 1997. Spud was nearly on his way out early into his Anfield career, but later established himself as a vital squad member. He made a total of 249 first-team appearances, notching 44 times, and helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield as well as scoring the winning goal at Old Trafford three times in four seasons, before moving to Charlton Athletic for £2.5m in August 2004. He then switched to Spurs for a fee of up to £2m in January 2006. He only played 29 times for the North London outfit, finding the back of the net just twice, and has since moved across town again to sign for Fulham.



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