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Born in Southampton, he began his professional career with Saints but in January 1968 Tottenham manager, Nicholson decided he needed to bolster his attacking resources and signed Chivers for a then club record fee of £125,000. The deal made him the most expensive player in the country and he began replaying the club’s considerable investment immediately – scoring on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday.
A pacey and powerful centre forward, Martin Chivers spent eight years at White Hart Lane and was key member of the early 1970s side that won silverware in three successive seasons under legendary manager Bill Nicholson.
Chivers truly blossomed at the Lane following Jimmy Greaves’ departure to West Ham in 1970 and in the 1970-71 campaign he scored 21 times in the First Division, as well as scoring both goals in Spurs’ 2-0 victory over Aston Villa in the final of the League Cup.
Capped for the first time by England the same year, Chivers rich vein of form continued the following season. The striker scored 44 times in 64 appearances for the club, including a brace in the Uefa Cup final victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, and his place in club folklore was already assured.
He added the 1973 League Cup to his collection after Norwich were beaten in the final and by the time Chivers left Spurs for Swiss side Servette in 1976, he had amassed a grand total of 367 appearances for the club, scoring 174 times.
He was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame in 2007.