Date: 12th December 2007 at 8:21am
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David Leworthy, he played eleven games for them and twelve minutes for us!

David Leworthy had one of the shortest first-team careers in Pompey’s history: Just 12 minutes as a substitute (for Billy Rafferty) in a goalless draw with Newport County on October 24, 1981. He was then was released by Pompey and signed for non-league Fareham Town where he was a prolific scorer.

Leworthy’s career then took a huge leap when he was signed by Tottenham Hotspur for £5,000. The move also earned Fareham a very lucrative friendly at Cams Alders against Spurs.

Leworthy made his debut for his new club in their 2-0 home defeat against hated rivals, Arsenal in front of nearly fifty thousand fans in a North London derby at White Hart Lane.

He scored three goals in eleven games for Spurs before being moved on to fellow top-flight club, Oxford United, famously scoring against Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United.

Further spells with Reading and Shrewsbury Town followed, before beginning a hugely successful career in non-league football, where his exploits led to him being nicknamed ‘The Legend’ and saw him play four times for the England non-league team.

A successful period at Farnborough Town was followed by a move to Dover Athletic, for £50,000, which saw the non-league transfer record broken. A spell at Rushden & Diamonds involved Leworthy scoring the goal that kept the Northants club in the Conference; a goal which sparked an upturn in the club’s fortunes that culminated in promotion to the Football League.

Leworthy’s happiest days were at Kingstonian where he played in two FA Trophy-winning appearances at Wembley Stadium and scored a superb goal in a 4-2 FA Cup defeat at Luton Town that was broadcast on the BBC’s Match of the Day. Whilst at Kingstonian, the now-veteran player even enjoyed a testimonial match against old club, Tottenham Hotspur.

His career began to draw to a close with a period at Conference South club Havant &
Waterlooville that included a spell as manager. One of the most memorable moments of his spell at Havant was when he turned out for the club alongside his son, former Peterborough United apprentice, Craig.

Leworthy came out of retirement in 2006 for a brief second spell at Kingstonian. He is currently coach at Ryman League Croydon.

David Leworthy may have only played 12 minutes, but that’s 12 minutes more than most people play for their hometown club!

Written by The Rabbi.

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10 Replies to “He played them both – Spurs: David Leworthy”

  • once again a crackin’ read from The Rabbi… as he says ‘he may have only played 12 minutes, but that’s 12 minutes more than most people play for their hometown club’ – i would have been happy with that…

  • Terge I know you’re a Tottenham fan but if you read the Leworthy story you’ll see that we played him for just 12 minutes and your lot played him for 11 games (and paid £5000 for the pleasure!). I think that says all you need to know. By the way are there no sides in norway that you can support instead of Tottenham?

  • TergeHauge – sounds like a dodgy agent 🙂 – assuming that you are a spurs fan? that kind of comment is exactly the kind of thing that winds so many other fans up and makes people feel the way about spurs fans that most do… but i dont want to get into that debate here as i do not want such a crackin’ article ruined by turning it into a ‘slanging match’…

  • Good article! We bought him in August 84. He scored against Spurs playing for Oxford. I think Clive Allen and Waddle scored 2 each to make it 4-2 and end Oxfords unbeaten home run. Allen went on to score a record 49 goals. Kingstonian tetsimonial was August 2000. He must be geting on a bit now?

  • Great read Rabbi, I have to admit to have never heard of the guy, but hey you learn something everyday. Oh yeah TergeHauge, can you claim to have played 12 minutes for Spurs….No thought not!!

  • One other thing Terge; Outside of my Family, If I could say I was once good enough to have played 12 minutes for Pompey, I’d say it was my proudest moment…But then knowing Pompey, they’d have made me wash the shirt and hand it back…Ha Ha

  • Crackin read Rabbi you always manage to pull up the obscure players too which make the read even more interesting. I played against Dave on a few occassions and he (and his brothers) were all good footballers… I couldn’t believe it when Pompey left him go and the next thing we know it that he’s playing for Spurs against Arsenal. I lost track of him after Oxford so it was good to read that he kept going in the non-league scene and became a bit of a legend there too. 11 minutes, would would we all give to do that eh .. makes me want to dislike Kanu a little bit more…

  • i dont dislike kanu, but when you add up all the minutes, hours even that he has actually ‘played’ has he really ‘played’ what mounts up to 11 minutes… if you get my meaning?

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