jamie redknapp - fact file

2002 - 2004            midfielder


Born on 25th June 1973 in Barton on Sea, Hampshire, England.

Height : -  1.83m  (6' 0")

Weight : -  85kgs  (13st 0lb)

When Glenn Hoddle brought in Jamie Redknapp on a cheap transfer before his contract ran out at Anfield, it looked a solid enough deal.  However, it is turned out as many Spurs fans feared.  Every so often, Jamie has suffered an injury that has kept him out for long periods, thus interrupting the flow in the team's progress.

Jamie had gone a long way around to get back to White Hart Lane, where he started as a junior, but moved to Bournemouth, as he said he was homesick and went to play for his Dad's team.  Within months of a move to Dean Court, he was off to Liverpool !!  There he established himself as a midfielder of vision and recognised as a pass master, spending ten years at Anfield.  He became one of the "Spice Boy" gang there, who took in modelling and the finer things in life, as well as a career in football.  His marriage to pop singer Louise Nurding, also brought them to the attention of the showbiz pages of the tabloids.

However, he has concentrated on his career and made the England team, but injuries disrupted his own progress and he fell out of favour for club and country, when he suffered a serious knee injury.

Hoddle obviously admired the passing ability of Redknapp and on installing him in the team, pre-season 2002-03, Spurs looked to pass the ball on the floor ... something that had not been seen for some time.  Everything revolved around Jamie, much as it had around Hoddle in his heyday, but when he was missing the wheels fell off the side's game somewhat.  A broken toe injury ruled him out for a huge slice of the second half of the season.

Into 2003-04, and with Sheringham packed off to Portsmouth, Jamie started the season as captain.  Again things started OK, but a knee injury put paid to his presence in the team and during his absence, Hoddle was sacked.  

Without doubt a useful player when fit, Jamie's legs might not have been up to the rigours of the Premiership for too much longer, although he could play a deeper midfield role for Spurs.  When selected, he kept the ball moving along with good passes, but his ability to stay with the pace was an obvious drawback and saw him pick up a number of bookings, as he could not chase back.

In January 2005, after two and a half years at the club, Martin Jol allowed Jamie to leave to join Southampton on a free transfer, where his father was manager, in a vain attempt to try and keep them in the top flight.

On retiring from the game, Jamie was tipped to go into coaching with Tottenham believed to be interested in offering him a position, but he opted to be an expert summariser on Sky TV.  His first job came as a member of the BBC Euro 2004 pundits panel and Jamie then became an analyst for Sky Sports.  Has presented Sky TV programme “Football's Next Star” and was a team captain in Sky's sports quiz show “A League of Their Own.” 

Redknapp has done a bit of coaching, starting with six semi-professional players for a 6v6 World Cup tournament in 2006, with rumours that Chelsea sounded him out to be Avram Grant's assistant in 2007, then going on to coach the reserves at Stamford Bridge for two days a week in 2008.  Also took some coaching sessions with the juniors at Tottenham while studying for his coaching badges.  Jamie was said to be offering advice to his Dad, who by then had taken over as manager of Tottenham Hotspur, when he phoned him during games.

Married Louise Nurding (former member of girl group Eternal and solo singer) on 29th June 1998 and they had a son Charley born 27th July 2004 and on 10th November 2008, they had a second son, Beau.




Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (associated schoolboy) 1988 - - - -
Bournemouth (trainee) July 1989   - - -
Bournemouth (professional) June 1990   13th January 1990 v Hull City 17 1
Liverpool 15th January 1991 £350,000   272 + 38 as sub 42
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1st April 2002 Free 17th August 2002  v Everton (Premier League) (away) 2-2 42 + 11 as sub 4
Southampton 4th January 2004 Free   14 + 7 as sub 0

England international
17 full caps;  1 goal
Debut : -  6 February 1995 v Colombia (Wembley)  drew 0-0
1 B Cap; 0 goals
19 Under-21 caps; 5 goals
2 Youth caps; ?? goals
1 schoolboy cap; ?? goals
FA Cup runners-up medal 1995-1996 (Liverpool)
League Cup winners medal 1994-1995 (Liverpool)

FA Charity Shield winners medal 2001  (Liverpool)
UEFA Super Cup winners medal 2001  (Liverpool)


Has a son Charlie, who Jamie bought a Spurs kit for.



If you were an actor, who would your leading lady be ?  Jennifer Aniston.

What keeps you entertained on long journeys ?  A portable DVD player.

Favourite cartoon character ?  The bulldog out of Tom and Jerry, not sure if he even has a name !

Favourite town/city ?  Bournemouth.  I was born down there and spent a lot of time there when I was growing up, lovely beaches, good golf courses, a great place.

Are you a gadgets person ?  Yes, I'm a bit of a gadgets man.  I think the best thing I ever bought was the portable DVD player for those long journeys.  It's great and I've got it chipped to play American DVDs too.

What is good/bad about being famous ?  The best thing is it means you are successful in whatever you do and that gives you personal pride.  The worst things are that people feel they can talk to you how they like and write whatever they want, but the pros far outweigh the cons.

What day would you like to live over again ?  I've a few actually.  My debut for England against Colombia when their goalkeeper Rene Higuita did that “scorpion” save, my Tottenham debut when I scored against Aston Villa and also my debut for Liverpool.  I also scored that day as well.  And when I found out my wife was pregnant, all great days.

What annoys you ?  Rude people.  I don't like smoking either.

Who is your all-time sports person ?   Michael Jordan.  Obviously, there have been some great footballers like Maradona and Pele, but I don't think anyone has  dominated his sport for so long as Michael has.  I went with Louise to see him playing for Chicago Bulls against Utah Jazz in the NBA Finals, it was excellent.

What flavour filling would you have in a jacket potato ?  Cheese probably.

What song would you sing if you were doing karaoke ?  Being an average singer, it would probably be something like “My Way” by Frank Sinatra.

Do you have a lucky charm or superstition ?  I'm not too superstitious, they change every week depending on how I am playing or how the matches are going, but certainly there isn't one in particular I could put my finger on.

What was the last film you saw ?  The Last one was the Passion of Christ. 

What are you scared of ?  I don't like snakes !

What is the best journey you've ever been on ?  I always enjoy going on holidays, I'd like to say a trip to Sardinia would be my best.

Do you believe in ghosts ?  I've never seen one, but I do believe in them.  I'm too scared to say I don't because I'm sure there must be some about.

Who is the quickest you have ever played against ?  I've been up against players like Michael Owen, but in my position in midfield, I would say Steven Gerrard, he's very quick. 

When did you last cook and what did you cook ?  I like cooking things like pasta and chicken and the last time was probably last week sometime.

What did you listen to in the car today ?  Snow Patrol's CD.

What do you always put off until tomorrow ?  Meetings  After training I like to just go home and wind down and if I can get out of meetings, I will.

What's the biggest surprise you have ever had ?  At my 30th birthday last year, I had loads of family and friend around and Louise had put together a compilation video of different people I had played with, goals I'd scored and played it on a big screen at the party.  It was excellent, former team-mates and friends saying a few words of congratulations – and other things !  It was a lovely surprise.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour ?  I love ice cream, that's my biggest vice.  Any flavour at all, I love them all.

Is there anything you can't live without ?  Ice cream.

Have you ever played a musical instrument ?  No, I've never played one.  I did have a bash at the drums once, but it was very hard, you need incredible rhythm and I don't have that.

When did you last get a yellow card and did you deserve it ?  It was for the tackle on Tim Cahill against Everton earlier this season.  I don't think I deserved it, I thought it was a fair challenge.

What is your favourite animal at the zoo ?  That would have to be monkeys, they're great.





What they said about Jamie Redknapp
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What Jamie Redknapp said about ...
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... the situation at Tottenham at the end of his first season ...  28.12.2004 (THFC programme)

“The club have gone through a lot of changes in the last 12 months, hopefully now we're heading in the right direction.  We've stuck with the Director of Football and Head Coach approach and I think it will work because Frank Arnesen and Martin Jol get along so well, and that's the key.”

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