tony parks - fact file

1980 - 1988        goalkeeper
2008 -                 goalkeeping coach

Born on 28th January 1963 in Hackney, London, England.

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Always remembered as the stand-in who won the UEFA Cup for Spurs in 1984, Tony Parks was a solid keeper, who failed to capitalise on his sudden-found fame to make a career for himself at the club.  An athletic and brave keeper, Parks failed to keep the momentum of his career going after that high-point and faded into the background at the club before moving around to play for a large number of clubs.

Joining Spurs as a youngster, Tony was a regular among the youth and reserve teams before he made it into the first team squad as a back-up keeper for Ray Clemence.  The veteran keeper was as fit as a fiddle and rarely missed a game, so Parks' opportunities were virtually non-existent, until Clem got a bad injury in an FA Cup tie at Fulham in January 1984.  Graham Roberts took over between the posts in that game, but Parks found himself as the first team goalie for a few weeks until Clemence was reinstalled as first choice.

Unexpectedly, Clemence sustained a training ground injury that severed a tendon in his finger, which let Parks take the gloves and impress with fine performances in the UEFA Cup semi-final ties against Hadjuk Split.  Ray returned to fitness, but Keith Burkinshaw kept faith with Parks and left Clemence on the bench for both legs of the final.

With the first game ending 1-1 in Brussels, the return saw Anderlecht take the lead, with a Graham Roberts goal levelling the tie on the night and taking it into extra time.  No further score meant that the final would be decided on penalties.  Taking his place in the goal at the Paxton Road end, Parks kept out Morten Olsen's spot-kick and when Danny Thomas missed the opportunity to win the trophy for Tottenham by having his penalty saved by Jacques Munaron, Arnor Gudjohnsen stepped up to take the last penalty of the five for the Belgian side.  As the shot went to Parks' right, he dived full length to push the ball wide and the crowd went mad and the players swamped the 21 year old who had won the UEFA Cup for Tottenham.

When Tottenham signed Bobby Mimms, Parks dropped down the order among the goalkeeping ranks and moved to join ex-Spur Steve Perryman, who was manager at Brentford, where Tony once more enjoyed Cup success with a run to the Sixth Round of the FA Cup in 1989.  When he left Griffin Park, Parks moved around other London clubs, before trekking to Scotland and Northern England playing for lower league teams and eventually dropping into the non-league ranks.  Was chosen as a coach to the young England goalkeepers under Ray Clemence, who was head of goalkeeping with the national side.

Following a change in management at White Hart Lane, Harry Redknapp brought Parks back to Tottenham from the FA in November 2008 after he needed a goalkeeping coach who had a better working knowledge of the English game.

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Oxford United ?? Loan ??  ?? ??
Gillingham ?? Loan ??  2 0
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR September 1980 - 10th May 1982  v West Ham United (Division 1) (away) drew 2-2 ?? ??
Brentford July 1988 60,000 ??  ?? ??
Queens Park Rangers ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Fulham ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
West Ham United ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Falkirk ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Blackpool ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Burnley ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Doncaster Rovers ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Barrow ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Scarborough ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Halifax Town ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Oxford United (loan)
League appearances :  -;  League goals : -
FA Cup appearances :  -;  League goals : -
League Cup appearances :  -;  League Cup goals :  -
Other appearances :  -;  Other goals :  -
Gillingham (loan)

League appearances :  -;  League goals : -
FA Cup appearances :  -;  League goals : -
League Cup appearances :  -;  League Cup goals :  -
Other appearances :  -;  Other goals :  -
Tottenham Hotspur

League appearances :  37
FA Cup appearances :  5
League Cup appearances :  1
European appearances :  5 (+ 1 as a substitute)
Other appearances :  24 (+16 as a substitute)
Brentford

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FA Cup appearances :  -;  FA Cup goals :  -
League Cup appearances :  -;  League Cup goals :  -
Other appearances :  -;  Other goals :  -
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Honours
- international
- full caps;  - goals
Under-21 caps; goals
UEFA Cup winners medal 1983-84

Milestones
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2009
Do you like travelling ? : - Yes.  With the FA I was travelling a  lot at home and abroad with the England youth squads.  We went to two World Cups - in Dubai and South Africa.  It can be stressful travelling away for three to four weeks, but it is great to see the world.
Favourite countries visited : - I love the Scandinavian countries, as Spurs always used to go there for pre-season and the places are wonderful and the people lovely.
Favourite journey : - To training in the morning, as I love this job and it is the shortest journey I have had for quite a while.
Favourite car : -  A Ford Capri I had saved 900 to buy as my first car when I passed my test at 17 and it was stolen after three hours.  The Police found it burned out later.
Favourite reading material : -  I read now more as a coach than I did as a player.  Currently reading a book called "Outliers" about team building and how to play an expert role.
Favourite music : -  Coldplay
How many CDs have you got ? : - About 100
Favourite CD : - Latest by Keane and Coldplay.  Have all Coldplay's CDs and went to see Keane at the O2, which was awesome.
Most embarrassing CD you have ? : - Power Ballads of the 80s.
Last DVD you watched : - The box set of "Gavin and Stacey" and box set of 24
Who would be your ideal in-flight companion ? : - John F Kennedy
Which footballers' posters did you have on your wall when you were a boy ? : -  Pat Jennings and Bob Wilson (Arsenal).  Pat is probably my all-time favourite, but Bob was so brave.  I met Pat when I came to Spurs as a 12 year old and he will always be a legend.
Favourite trick practised : - Glenn Hoddle would do a trick and I would ask him how he did it.  Glenn would give me a week to perfect it and although it wasn't relevant to my goalkeeping, it broke the ice and he took a real interest in young players.
Other sport splayed at school : - Hockey, but I got his on the hand with a stick.
Talent you wished you had : -  To be able to play the piano
Had you visited White Hart Lane before you signed for the club ? : - No, but I remember the Tuesday night when I went to the Lane for the first time and was met by Peter Shreeve and Ron Henry, who were taking charge of the youth team.
What makes a home ? : - Love
Most important possession to save if your house was on fire : - Photo of my son Joseph graduating from Lancaster University last year.
Most prized possession : - My son
Do you prefer the town or country ? : -  Town, as I was raised in Hackney, East London. Wouldn't mind being semi-rural, but not on a remote farm 20 miles from the nearest neighbour !
What can't you live without ? : - Car
What are you most proud of ? : - Professionally, the fact that a manager like Harry Redknapp wanted me as his goalkeeping coach.  When someone with his experience gives you the call and appreciates your skills, you feel unbelievably proud.
What do you wish had never been invented ? : -  Mobile phones.
2012
First memory of kicking a football was with his brother and mates when about five or six or when his Dad would take them for a kick-about over the park.

Didn't enjoy other sports at school, but didn't mind swimming and cycling.

First team was Morningside United in Hackney when he was eight.

Used to play for a successful Sunday morning side, with future Spurs striker Terry Gibson in the team and they won a lot of medals.

First professional game for Spurs was played at Upton Park against West Ham United.

Last watched a sporting event at the Oakland A's baseball stadium on the pre-season tour in America, when they were playing the Boston Red Sox.

Would always have liked to have played at Wembley Stadium, but was sub for a couple of Charity Shield games, in the squads for the FA Cup finals in the 1980s, but never got the opportunity to play at the stadium.

Best sporting arena attended among the games he played for Spurs was not the Nou Camp or the Munich Olympic stadium or the Bernabeu, but the Hadjuk Split stadium for atmosphere on the night.  We played then in the UEFA Cup semi-final and lost the game 1-2 on the night, but the atmosphere was "unbelievable" and very intimidating.

His sporting hero was Pat Jennings, who he had seen when he went to training as a 12 year old.

Enjoys watching cyclist Mark Cavendish as another sports person performing. 

All time sporting hero would have to be Muhammad Ali, who was a huge personality and who had a fantastic boxing career.  As a fighter he transcended sport and is still an iconic figure today.

Would love to be Marvin Hagler for a day when he was leading up to a big fight just to experience the buzz around him.

First Olympics he really watched was the 1984 Los Angeles Games, because as a young professional, he could understand and appreciate the struggles sportsmen and women made to be Olympic champions.

The most moving Olympic memory was Steve Redgrave winning his fifth goal medal in the rowing.

Steve Redgrave and Daley Thompson were his favourite Olympians down the years - Thompson for his ultimate confidence in going out to win without being flash.

Would like to do the 100m in the Olympics, as it would need too much training !!

Would like to go to the 12012 Olympics as it is in the area where he grew up and wanted to experience the Olympics in his own home town.

Was never one for many other sports and the last one played was snooker, as he found it hard enough being a goalkeeper to worry about other games.

Would like to have a go at the Tour de France.

Favourite sports console game was Toca Touring Car racing, in which he was constantly beaten and mocked by his son, but he practised and won a game, after which his son wouldn't play him again !!

 

 

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What Tony Parks said about ...
the penalty shoot out in the 1984 UEFA Cup final ...  18.12.2008 (THFC programme)

"Everybody talks about my second penalty save which clinched the UEFA Cup, but I felt my first save was more difficult.  I watched Morten Olsen when he placed the ball on the spot.  I watched his eyes.  He was looking to the right.  That's where I thought he would place the ball.  I guessed right and pushed the shot around the post.  The noise from the crowd was deafening.  It sent shivers down my spine.  The sensation was terrific."

... playing for Spurs ...  18.12.2008 (THFC programme)

"I loved being at the club as a kid and had the greatest time of my career as an apprentice, growing up and having the honour of being able to come into this club as a schoolboy, progressing through the youth team and then a professional, playing in every team right through the system.  That will always be a far greater achievement for me personally than the penalty saves in the UEFA Cup final."

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