have had some small but really good players ... Ardiles, Gibson, Rebrov,
but one of the most influential in Spurs' history was Terry Dyson.
He was the son of the famous jockey Ginger Dyson and he had the same red
hair as his father. The winger became a professional at Spurs In
1955, but played mostly in the reserve team for the first five years
until he broke into the first team to replace the out of form Terry
Medwin In the 1959-60 season. He had made 12 appearances in the
first team during 1957-58 and seven outings in 1958-59, but it was the
six appearances during 1959-60 that convinced Bill Nicholson that he
should be his first choice. With Cliff Jones and Terry Medwin as
competing wingers, Terry had to be at the top of his game to keep his
style was all-out effort as he used his pace to good effect on the left
wing sending in crosses for his big pal Bobby Smith to feed on.
Dyson loved playing in front of Dave Mackay, who gave him the freedom to
fly down the wing and terrorise defenders. He also switched wings
with Cliff Jones to make sure that opposing defenders did not settle and
used to drop deep to support Ron Henry by giving him a chance for
playing a one-two out of defence. Terry played with his heart,
always trying to give his best and was a lively character off the field.
He was given a roving role in the team, as he saw to it that it was his
job to switch wings and to provide crosses as well as score as many
goals as he could.
fabulous side of 1960-61, he was the first choice left winger, scoring
12 League goals in 40 games. It was in the FA Cup that Terry really made
his mark that season scoring five goals including one in the Final
against Leicester, so he scored 17 goals in the Double season, a great
return for the winger. He started well in 1961-62 but lost his
place to Terry Medwin in the FA Cup Final win over Burnley, making 23
League appearances that season scoring six goals whilst Medwin managed
five goals from 20 league starts. Terry Dyson only made 13 appearances
in the League in 1962-63, but again he played his greatest ever game for
Spurs in the final of the European Cup winners' Cup scoring two great
goals in the 5-1 win over Atletico Madrid. His second goal
included a thirty yard run with the ball, a dummy right and left and
then a 25 yard screaming shot. Bobby Smith told his pal as they
were walking off the pitch that he should retire now as he would never
play better, but Terry went on to play for Spurs to great effect for two
more seasons, in 1963-64 he scored 11 League goals in 39 games as Spurs
finished fourth, and in 1964-65 he managed 5 goals from 32 league games.
He left for Fulham in June 1965 and then went on to play for
made a total of 209 appearances for Spurs and scored 55 goals. He gave
Spurs great service with his trademark of all-out effort and was a real
trier. He was a great servant to Spurs for over 10 years and he
was an exciting sight when he was in full flight tearing down the wing.
Dyson never gave up and he must rank as one of Spurs' all time great
wingers and he would be a rarity these days as put up with being dropped
in favour of Terry Medwin but won his place back through hard graft.
It is hard to think of a smaller player for Spurs who has been so
successful and influential over such a long period of time. He had
a hard shot and even scored with his head in the Cup Final win that
clinched the Double.