bobby scarth - fact file

1970 - 1973        forward


Born on 20th November 1954 in Chatham, Kent, England.

Height : - .m  (5' 7")

Weight : -  - kgs    (10st 7lbs)

Bobby Scarth was the son of the 1950s Spurs forward Jimmy Scarth and made a good impression at the club, despite the fact that he was deaf

His disability did not hamper his progress from the time he signed as an amateur in 1970-71, a season in which the Juniors reached the South-East Counties Division 2 Cup Final.

The following season, Bobby was made an apprentice professional and was in the side that finished as runners-up in the South-East Counties Division 1.  Success followed in 1972-73 with victory in the London FA Youth Cup final and the team also topped the South-East Counties Division 1.  It was in this season that he was promoted to the Reserves and made his debut against QPR aged 17.

In his three years coming through the ranks at Tottenham, Bobby played 89 times, scoring ten goals. However, Spurs released him without offering a professional contract in the summer of 1973.  bobby thought it was because Tottenham believed that his hearing impairment would hinder his chances of making it at the top level, while others erroneously reported a series of injuries hampered him from showing his true ability.

After leaving Spurs, Scarth went into non-league and played for a series of clubs including Enfield, Walthamstow, Haringey Borough, Boreham Wood, Bishops Stortford, Ware, Hertford Town, Royston Town and Barking.

Moving to Luton Deaf FC, Bobby helped build the side there and worked in his own time to promote the game whenever he could, giving inspiration to deaf players around the world.

Bobby was regularly called upon to play in early incarnations of the Spurs Legends team in the late 1990s through to 2010, alongside Martin Chivers, the late Jimmy Neighbour, Phil Beal and Ralph Coates.  When Chivers retired as the Legends organiser, Bobby only played one more game.  Scarth then was a member of the Celebrity United charity team which featured his former Spurs youth team-mate Roger Gibbins, playing from 2007-2009.  Run by former Watford and England striker Luther Blissett, Bobby was in the side for three years and won man of the match awards.

Still following the progress of the club, Bobby sometimes watches the games from the Legends lounge in the East Stand and still fit, is keen to play charity matches.

Bobby was very proud to be mentioned in the seminal "behind the scenes" football book, "The Glory Game" written about Spurs by Hunter Davies between 1970 and 1972 and published in 1972.



Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (amateur) Summer 1970 ?? ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (apprentice) Summer 1971 ?? ??  ?? ??
Enfield ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Walthamstow ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Haringey Borough ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Boreham Wood ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Bishops Stortford ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Ware ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Hertford Town ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Royston Town ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Barking ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Luton Deaf FC ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- League Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals

- international
- full caps;  - goals
Under-21 caps; goals
South-East Division 2 Juniors Cup runners-up medal 1970-71  (THFC)
South-East Division 1 runners-up medal 1971-72  (THFC)

- appearance


For photos of Bobby while with Spurs, click here.

For a photo of Bobby in the 1971-72 Youth team, click here.



What they said about Bobby Scarth
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What Bobby Scarth said about ...
... his time at Spurs

"When I signed for Spurs, the club knew I was deaf.  I had no problem communicating with Juniors manager Ron Henry, but Youth team manager Pat Welton sometimes got impatient.  Eddie Baily, the Reserves manager, was strict but fair.  I enjoyed my three years at the club, but I was very disappointed to be released after not being offered a professional contract."

"Contrary to stories that have circulated, I had no problem communicating with other players during training or in matches.  I played through the junior and youth teams and made six reserve team starts and one appearance as a sub."

"I did hope for Bill Nicholson to give me a chance but it wasn't to be.  Maybe he worried about communication, but I trained with first team  and had no problem with it."

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With thanks to Bobby Scarth for information and photos provided.



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