Updated: May 10
George Mazzon had a fleeting brush with fame. Which is exactly why we wanted to talk to him. Unlike most of the players we spoke to he came from a comfortable home counties background and went to boarding school. His family ran a business. They had little interest in football. So George and his brother found their own way to the game, George hooked first by the 1970 FA Cup Final and then by that man Peter Shreeve again when Mazzon turned up at Spurs after impressing at district level.
Mazzon was another player’s name which raised eyebrows when we said we were speaking to him. He wasn’t a major player, and Tottenham eventually let him go. But we reckon his story adds another vital brushtroke to the picture we wanted to paint of the team and the times it existed in. He tells of the disappointment of being let go, and shocked us with news of how his career ended. Now achieving success in another trade, his summation of his time in the game illustrates a sense of perspective so often missing today.
“If nothing else, football has allowed me to understand how to make the best of what you can in the situation you are in and to your greatest benefit If things are going against you, do you give up? No, you keep going, keep striving. Keep making the best of it. Football provides lessons for life generally.” While even many Spurs fans struggle to remember George Mazzon, his story forms one of the book’s most memorable chapters. And we clear up that George/Georgio business too.
• The Boys from White Hart Lane is available direct from Vision Sports Publishing in paperback for £6.99 or ebook on Kindle for £5.97.