John Pratt (footballer)


John Pratt (born 26 June 1948) is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He spent much of his career at Tottenham Hotspur.[1]

John Pratt
Personal information
Full name John Arthur Pratt
Date of birth (1948-06-26) 26 June 1948 (age 74)
Place of birth Hackney, London, England
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1980 Tottenham Hotspur 331 (39)
1980–1982 Portland Timbers 84 (2)
1980–1982 Portland Timbers (indoor) 35 (3)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Tottenham Hotspur careerEdit

Pratt was born in Hackney, London. He signed for the club as a junior in November, 1965. He made his debut in April 1969 against Arsenal. Making 415 appearances and scoring 49 goals in all competitions in 11 seasons at the club. He always gave 100% in his midfield duties but was often made the scapegoat when Spurs performed poorly, and never quite winning over certain sections of the White Hart Lane crowd. In his career at Spurs he played in every outfield position. He played as a substitute in the first leg as Tottenham won the 1972 UEFA Cup Final,[2] and also started the 1973 League Cup Final. However, in the latter game he got injured and was substituted off for Ralph Coates who went on to score the winning goal.[3]

Bill Nicholson quoteEdit

I had been getting it in the neck a bit from some of the sections of the crowd at Spurs but Bill expected his players to be men, and he said that the crowd paid our wages and were entitled to have their opinions. So one day, before I was due to play my first game at Old Trafford, I asked him what I could expect. He replied that it would just be like playing at Spurs, except that up there 55,000 people would hate me, whereas at Spurs it was only 45,000! [4][5]

— John Pratt

Later careerEdit

He joined Portland Timbers in the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 1980 and stayed for three seasons in the USA.[6]

After returning to Spurs he went on to coach the youth and junior sides before being promoted assistant manager to Peter Shreeves till 1986.[4]


He runs a window cleaning company and has gone into partnership with ex–Spur Mark Falco in an asbestos clearing concern. Pratt was a regular for the clubs Old Boys XI. Since a knee and ankle injury his duties at the club are restricted to working in hospitality and as an unofficial team coach.[4][7]


Tottenham Hotspur


  1. ^ Hugman,B,J, (Ed) The PFA Premier& Football League Players' Records 1946-2005 (2005) ISBN 1-85291-665-6 p500
  2. ^ "uefa cup - 1972". Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Ralph Coates obituary". Guardian. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Sunday Times article 11 April, 2010 Retrieved 12 April 2010
  5. ^ Players quotes Archived 8 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved August 21, 2008
  6. ^ Portland Timbers players Retrieved 19 August 2008
  7. ^ Where are they now? Retrieved 19 August 2008

External linksEdit

  • John Pratt shrine
  • Cup final teams
  • Pen- picture of John
  • Fact- file and photos of John
  • Career details
  • NASL stats