David Pleat’s playing career began at his hometown club Nottingham Forest, where he made his debut as a 17-yearold. He represented England at both schoolboy and youth international level.
His coaching and management embraced Nottingham Forest, Luton Town, Leicester City, Sheffield Wednesday and Tottenham Hotspur.
At Luton his team won the old Division Two title and survived eight seasons in Division One (now the Premier League). During that period, Luton appeared in four FA Cup semifinals, and won the League Cup against Arsenal.
Joining Tottenham in 1986, Spurs finished third in the league – the team adopting a 4-5-1 formation that season, with Clive Allen bagging 49 goals.
Pleat has attended all World Cup finals since 1986, being employed as a media summariser. He watches many matches, both in studying Premier League Under-21 player development, and as a scouting consultant for Tottenham. In 2012, he was inducted into the LMA Hall of Fame.