Strongly built midfielder Garry Brooke made a dramatic impact in his first season, with his long range shooting and an FA Cup winners medal.
He really had his best run in the side when Ossie Ardiles left to join Paris St. Germain on loan during the Falklands War. However, a car crash on an icy night in February 1983 saw him lucky to survive and Garry did well to battle back to full fitness and play for Spurs again.
Unsurprisingly, Brooke was not quite the same player once he returned and Spurs allowed him to leave to join Norwich City for £50,000. After a single season at Carrow Road, in which he helped the team to win the old Second Division title, Garry moved to Holland to play for FC Groningen, who finished fourth in the Eredivise in his first season there and he featured in the UEFA Cup the next season.
Returning home, Garry linked up with former Spurs team-mate Terry Gibson at Wimbledon and went out on loan to Stoke City for a short spell. Leaving the Wombles, Garry moved across London to Brentford under manager Steve Perryman, but then dropped down to non-league to play for a local side Baldock Town before linking up with a league side once more in Colchester United on loan. Brooke did not feature in the first team, but earned a loan move to Reading, where he made four league appearances before retiring from the professional game.
Still keen to maintain his involvement in the game, Garry subsequently played for Wivenhoe Town, St. Albans City, Romford, Worthing, Cornard United and Braintree Town.
A regular in the Spurs Old Boys teams who play charity matches, he is often seen at White Hart Lane working for the Press Association on match days.
Garry was born in Walthamstow and represented Waltham Forest and Essex Schools.