Gary Stevens played 147 league games over seven seasons at White Hart Lane. He’d started his career as an associate schoolboy at his hometown side, Ipswich Town, and it was the club’s former manager, Bobby Robson, who picked him for England.
But Stevens was forced to retire before his 30th birthday after never properly recovering from a serious knee injury suffered in a league game against Vinnie Jones’ Wimbledon in Nov. 1988.
…Turning 54 next month and having had major surgery on both hips, Stevens’ aging body is a reminder that three decades and a generation have passed since the club’s 1980s resurgence…
…”I had the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing procedure on my right hip last November, having had my left hip done 13 years earlier. The revolutionary operation is designed for younger and more athletic people,” he said. “I’m hoping that within six to eight months I will be back on the training pitch because I’d like to continue my coaching career here in Asia.”