If you measured a player’s popularity by character and commitment, Gary would rate as one of the greatest English footballers of all time. Throughout his career he battled without complaint against type-1 diabetes, and still managed to establish himself as a utility defender of the highest quality.
After starting out with his hometown club Bristol Rovers, he was persuaded by then Spurs scout Bill Nicholson to join Tottenham for whom he played for 16 years. A born leader, Gary was Spurs club captain from 1987 to 1998 and lifted the FA Cup for them at Wembley in 1991. His ability was recognised at international level with 16 caps.
Gary is a role model for diabetics throughout the land and anybody with a medical handicap, and he is a much in-demand ambassador for a string of charities including the prestigious Prince’s Trust.
From a family steeped in football, Gary speaks with a sincerity and frankness that captures the attention and appreciation of his audience.