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Clubs pay tribute after Alan Gilzean passes away, aged 79

 

By Robert Jones

Former Tottenham and Scotland striker Alan Gilzean has died at the age of 79.

Dundee, where he began his career, wrote on Twitter that Gilzean died yesterday morning having recently been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The tweet read: "Everyone at Dundee Football Club are devastated to learn that club legend Alan Gilzean passed away after recently being diagnosed with a brain tumour. The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Alan's family and friends."

Gilzean - whose son Ian played for Glentoran and scored the winner in the 2000 Irish Cup final as the east Belfast men beat Portadown 1-0 - left Dundee for Spurs in 1964 and in a decade at White Hart Lane helped the club win the FA Cup, two League Cups and the 1972 UEFA Cup. He made his Scotland debut in 1963 and represented his country 22 times, scoring 12 goals.

Spurs tweeted: "Everyone is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our legendary former striker Alan Gilzean. Our thoughts are with his family."

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