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Tuesday, February 2, 1999 Published at 16:01 GMT

Sport: Football

Hoddle - a life in football

Hoddle in happier days as England boss

Under fire England manager Glenn Hoddle enjoyed an illustrious footballing career until he took the helm in 1996.

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1958: Born 27 October, Hayes, Middlesex.

1974: Signed as apprentice by Tottenham after playing for Harlow and Essex Schools sides.

1975: Turned professional, making debut at 18 as substitute against Norwich.

1976: Scored on full debut against Stoke.

1979: Scored on England senior debut against Bulgaria in European Championship qualifying match at Wembley, the first of his eight England goals.

1981: Won FA Cup with Spurs, beating Manchester City.

1982: Collected League Cup runners-up medal after defeat by Liverpool. Scored in FA Cup final and replay against QPR to collect his second winner's medal.

1987: Played in FA Cup final defeat by Coventry then made 750,000 move to Monaco. Playing alongside Mark Hateley, inspires Monaco to French league title within 12 months.

1988: Won last of 53 England caps in 3-1 defeat by the USSR - Bobby Robson's third successive humiliation of the European Championship finals in Germany.

1990: Retired due to injury.

1991: Made comeback as non-contract player in Chelsea reserves followed by appointment as Swindon player-manager in April, replacing former Spurs team-mate Ossie Ardiles.

1993: Scored first goal in 4-3 play-off final win against Leicester which took the Wiltshire club into the Premiership. One month later quit Swindon to take over as Chelsea manager.

1994: Took Chelsea to FA Cup final but they crashed 4-0 to Manchester United.

1995: Made final appearance in 2-1 home win over Arsenal. Signed Ruud Gullit from Sampdoria.

1996: Led Chelsea to FA Cup semi-finals in which they lose 2-1 to Manchester United. Appointed England manager after Terry Venables stepped down following Euro 96.

1997: Steered England to victory in Tournoi de France with victories over Italy and France. England top their group and qualify for World Cup finals in France after 0-0 draw in final match in Rome.

December - has to speak to Liverpool manager Roy Evans to say his reported comments about Michael Owen not being the finished article, and how he had to keep his feet on the ground, were misinterpreted.

1998: April - Hoddle sues psychic Uri Geller after he claims Hoddle, together with faith healer Eileen Drewery, had visited him before he was appointed England coach and makes allegations about what happened at the meeting.

May - Emerges Hoddle has left Paul Gascoigne out of the World Cup squad.

June - England go out of France '98 in the second round, losing to Argentina on penalties. Hoddle is insistent that with a little luck, England could have won the tournament.

August - Hoddle's World Cup diary causes a storm. Various revelations, including Gascoigne's reaction to learning he would miss the World Cup and his blast for Chris Sutton after he refused to play for England B, are criticised by leading figures in the game such as Alex Ferguson, Gary Lineker, Bryan Robson, the Professional Footballers' Association and Ken Bates. Hoddle, though, insists the players will still trust him.

September: The FA's international committee give Hoddle their backing over his book.

1999: Hoddle faces calls to quit after alleged comments about disabled people.


Player - FA Cup winner 1981, 1982; Runner-up 1987. League Cup runner-up 1982. UEFA Cup winner 1984. French League winner 1988. Division One promotion 1993.

England: 53 senior caps, 8 goals. Under-21: 12 caps. B level: 2 caps.

Career record:
Tottenham 1975-87 Played 494, Goals 110.
Monaco 1987-90.
Swindon 1991-93 P75 G3.
Chelsea 1993-95 P48 G1.

Managerial career:
Swindon 1991-93.
Chelsea 1993-96.
England 1996-.

Managerial honours:
Won Division One promotion play-offs with Swindon in 1993
FA Cup runner-up with Chelsea in 1994.

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