Date: 7th August 2015 at 3:05pm
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Centre Midfield: Stephen Clemence

9/8/1997 FA Premiership Football. Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United. Stephen Clemence. Photo: Mark Leech / Offside

Then: Talented 19-year-old academy graduate, Stephen Clemence, was thrown into the deep end by then Tottenham manager Gerry Francis as he made his debut against the mighty Manchester United. The box-to-box all action midfielder had impressed in the youth set-up and, with the injury problems facing regular first-team player Darren Anderton, looked set to cement his position in the XI.

Now: Clemence has been retired from the professional game since 2010. He is currently the assistant manager of newly relegated side, Hull City. Unfortunately for him, he never quite managed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Spurs, often having to make do with brief cameos off the bench. In 2003, Clemence moved to Birmingham City for a fee thought to be close to the £1.25 million mark. After four successful years with the club, the midfielder moved to Leicester City, where he was soon made captain. However, injury problems limited Clemence to just 31 appearances in a three-year period and he eventually decided to hang up his boots.

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