Updated: May 10, 2020
You may be able to help me. I’m doing some research into a striker called Dave McEwen who was signed for Spurs by Director of Football David Pleat in 2000. My memory is that Pleat was pretty impressed with him, and that he’d been scoring goals for fun for Dulwich Hamlet in the Isthmian League. He was with Spurs until July 2001, only playing four first-team games during one of the dourest periods in our history. He was eventually released, joining QPR and then Hertford Town. I’ve also seen a rumour that he turned out for Dumbarton. Then he seems to have disappeared from view, much as poor old Dulwich Hamlet – my local non-league side – disappeared down the pyramid after he left.
If my memories are correct, along with some of the other sketchy details I’ve uncovered, McEwen’s story is interesting in that he may be the last non-league player to have had a crack at the big-time at a top club (although if I’m honest Spurs struggled to justify the tag at the time) in the modern era. Which is why I think there is an interesting story to be told. I don’t want to poke fun, make a point or do a hatchet job on anyone. It just strikes me there’s a tale to tell.
If anyone knows more, I’d appreciate it if you emailed me – my contact details are on this blog. And if Dave himself happens to hear about this, I’d be delighted to talk to you and to discuss a project.