Plucked from non-league, Roy Hollis made a rapid ascent to signing for Spurs, but his stay was short.
Norwich City bought him from Great Yarmouth in 1947 and he made an immediate impact at Carrow Road, scoring a hat-trick on his debut in less than half an hour and hit a string of goals as Norwich's top scorer in the season had a good FA Cup run in 1951 and ended that season as runners-up in the Third Division (South). With a scoring rate of more than one every two games in the league, he came to the attention of Spurs scouts and signed at the end of 1952.
He struggled to make the breakthrough into the Tottenham first team and only made three league appearances, scoring once, although he hit two goals on his debut - an FA Cup appearance against Tranmere Rovers in a 9-1 win - before he was allowed to leave to join Southend United in early 1954. Enjoyed a great time at Roots Hall scoring 136 goals and was the club's highest goal-scorer for many years.
Roy Hollis died on 12th November 1998.