Stephen John Perryman joined Spurs as hopeful teenage apprentice in the summer of 1967 and in doing so began a love affair with the club and fans that was to span 19 glorious years and a record 854 first appearances for the Lilywhites.
He made his senior debut in 1969 and under the watchful eye of the legendary Bill Nicholson, he blossomed into a fearless, versatile and hugely effective player who quickly became the heartbeat of the team.
Blessed with natural leadership qualities, Nicholson soon made Perryman captain, a distinction he held for much of his White Hart Lane career and under him, Tottenham enjoyed one of the most successful periods in the club’s history.
Many great players came and went during Perryman’s years of unfaltering service but the skipper was the enduring link and he was part of the sides that won the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982, the Uefa Cup in 1972 and 1984 and the League Cup in 1971 and 1973.
He finally left the club in 1986 just a year short of two decades at White Hart Lane and will forever and fondly remembered as Tottenham’s most enduring, loyal and inspirational servant.