My two favourite players were Clive Allen and Chris Waddle.
I grew up in a mining community in Wales, and everyone wanted to be a professional footballer. There wasn’t much to do – no PlayStations, no Xbox, no Sky Sports – so all we did was run around, playing football in a field in our village.
In the summer holidays, we were in that field for five, six hours a day. You’d only ever go home for a drink or your dinner. You played with your mates, and you dreamed of becoming a footballer.
Being from Wales, of course I wanted clubs like Cardiff and Swansea to do well, but I ended up supporting Tottenham. I loved Ray Clemence and Glenn Hoddle, but my favourites were Allen and Waddle – and they were managed by David Pleat, who I eventually got to know during my time as a player at Luton.
That 1986/87 season would have been their best year of that era, when Clive (below) scored 49 goals. They finished third in the league, behind Everton and Liverpool, and got to the semi finals of the Littlewoods Cup, as the League Cup was known then. They also got to the FA Cup final, which was about the only live televised game of the season back then. I remember watching from about 10am – you saw the players at the hotel, on the bus, all the lead-up to the game. It was so exciting.