Syd McClellan was a prolific goal-scorer in his time and holds a Spurs record which is unlikely to be beaten.
Born in East London, Syd McClellan joined Spurs in 1946 after serving in the Navy during WWII, representing the Royal Navy at football. He was an an all-round athlete - a fine sprinter, boxer and weight-lifter, but settled into a career of a footballer, starting with Chelmsford City came back to sign professional for Tottenham in in 1949. The forward had scored heavily in the Southern League and hit a hat trick in a match against Spurs Reserves that prompted them to snap him up. His move was helped by the fact that his former manager at Chelmsford, Arthur Rowe, was now in charge at White Hart Lane. Waiting for a year before he could make his debut, Syd got two goals in his second game, at home to Derby County.
Syd played in seven matches to help Spurs to their first First Division with the "push and run" team, hitting three goals. Unfortunately, the team were not as consistent the following season, Syd was unlucky with injuries, preventing him getting a run in the team. McClellan made his way to White Hart Lane for training by tube with Alf Ramsey, who lived in the same area. Len Duquemin might have been a good partner for the forward, but he was the player who came in for him and kept him out of the side.
His moment of fame came in May 1952, when on tour with Spurs in North America. In the match against the Saskatchewan FA he played in the 18-1 win, scoring no less than nine goals. It was a successful tour for Sid, who scored fifteen goals in four games.
Quick on his feet, McClellan could also play as a winger and played there when required, but with a lack of opportunities to play in the first team, he left Spurs for Portsmouth in a £5,000 move, before joining Leyton Orient a couple of years after. Syd wound down his career at non-league Romford. He became a successful coach with Dagenham in the 1960's, taking them to an Amateur Cup Final at Wembley.
Syd's scoring for Spurs was not all he was about, but his record still stands.
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