One of two brothers, who appeared in the Spurs side in the late 1980s, John Polston was a central defender who was good on the ball, but eventually moved on to Norwich City, where he had great success, assisting the side to a third place finish in the First Division in 1993-94.
His infrequent Spurs appearances, restricted by a back problem, saw him score just once, following a successful emergence through the ranks at Tottenham. Not the tallest central defender, Polston read the game well and was assured on the ball. His calm presence rarely saw him panicked and while his number of appearances in the first team did not perhaps reflect his true ability, when he did make the side, he always put in a good performance.
With no prospect of a regular place in the starting XI, John was persuaded to move to Norwich City to join the growing group of ex-Spurs youngsters at Carrow Road. The move rejuvenated his career and as well as league success, the team reached the 1992 FA Cup semi-finals and the Third Round of the UEFA Cup in the 1993-94 season.
Following an eight year spell with the Canaries, Polston left to join Reading on a free transfer in 1998, but injury restricted him to just over 20 appearances for the Biscuitmen, before he had to retire.