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Tuesday 28 May 2013

On this day: Wimbledon goalkeeper Sullivan joins Spurs

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan joining Spurs

  • Neil Sullivan with manager George Graham and fellow new recruit Sergey Rebrov

  • Sullivan played 64 times for Tottenham in the Premier League across two seasons

  • He was voted as the Supporters' Player of the Year in 2001 at White Hart Lane

  • Sullivan was relegated from the top flight with Wimbledon in the 1999/00 campaign

  • The transfer brought to an end Sullivan's 16-year career at Wimbledon rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 28 May 2000 Neil Sullivan joins Spurs from Wimbledon

Tottenham Hotspur completed the signing of long-serving Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan on a free transfer.

Sullivan had been with the "Crazy Gang" for 16 years, having come through the Wimbledon academy, but Spurs secured his signature after the South London club were relegated from the Barclays Premier League.

Over 12 years, Sullivan had made 180 league appearances for the club and upon arriving at White Hart Lane was set to vie with Ian Walker for the No 1 jersey. Sullivan instantly become a regular for George Graham's Tottenham side and kept nine clean sheets in 35 Premier League appearances in his first season with Spurs winning the supporters' player-of-the-year-award.

He played a further 29 times in the 2001/02 league campaign as Spurs finished 9th in the table. Sullivan, who earned 28 caps for Scotland, left to join Chelsea in September 2003.

At Stamford Bridge he was limited to four Barclays Premier League appearances in two seasons with the club, but he has since enjoyed a long career in the Football League.

After a spell with Leeds United, Sullivan joined Doncaster Rovers in 2007 and has twice helped them gain promotion to the Championship, including the 2012/13 campaign at 43. Sullivan also enjoyed a loan spell at AFC Wimbledon.

Sullivan has made 249 appearances in the Barclays Premier League during his career, keeping 66 clean sheets.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember goalkeeper Neil Sullivan joining Tottenham after 16 years at Wimbledon