Parker: Tottenham striker Nico Claesen my favourite player

Scott Parker confesses he's hooked on Tottenham's FA Cup culture.

Scott Parker confesses he's hooked on Tottenham's FA Cup culture.

A lifelong Spurs fan, Parker’s earliest recollection of the FA Cup was watching his beloved team lose the 1987 final to Coventry.

"It’s not a happy memory," he says. "My favourite player at the time was Nico Claesen, but he was on the bench that day and came on too late for my liking. Then I watched them beat Forest in 1991 when Gazza was up to his tricks.

"Even though I was far too young at the time to remember Spurs winning back-to-back Cups in the early Eighties, I did end up knowing all the words to Chas and Dave’s Tottenham songs, and had them as records."

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