Ginola and Lineker lead the tributes for Spurs legend Edinburgh

PUBLISHED: 14:00 11 June 2019

Justin Edinburgh (back row, third from the left) celebrates with his Tottenham Hotspur team-mates after winning the 1991 FA Cup (pic: David Giles/PA).

Justin Edinburgh (back row, third from the left) celebrates with his Tottenham Hotspur team-mates after winning the 1991 FA Cup (pic: David Giles/PA).

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Justin Edinburgh made 276 appearances for Spurs and won the 1991 FA Cup and 1999 League Cup during his playing days at White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur's Justin Edinburgh challenges Arsenal's Lee Dixon for the ball at White Hart Lane (pic: Sean Dempsey/PA).Tottenham Hotspur's Justin Edinburgh challenges Arsenal's Lee Dixon for the ball at White Hart Lane (pic: Sean Dempsey/PA).

The football world is mourning after the shock death of Justin Edinburgh on Saturday, five days after he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Just weeks after leading Leyton Orient out at Wembley in the FA Trophy final and after guiding them to the National League title, he has tragically passed away.

Heartfelt tributes have been forthcoming from everyone in the game and various Spurs legends have hailed the former Tottenham Hotspur defender.

David Ginola played in front of the left-back at White Hart Lane between 1997 and 2000 and the duo had a special relationship.

Talking to BBC Radio Five Live, the Frenchman said: "You know he was always doing the hard work on the football pitch and especially when you play alongside a player like me, he had to do double work.

"But as a player, as a person he was just massive in the dressing room. He was always the first one to have a laugh.

"It's the kind of thing you can't describe because it's very personal, but there are few people that will stick and stay with you and in your brain even when you retire from the game.

"I haven't got many friends along my career and Justin was one of the ones I had on the phone quite often. I can count on probably both of my hands the friends I still have from that time and Justin was one of them."

He continued: "Probably the best season of my life was in 1999, when I was voted Players' Player of the Year and without Justin behind me, doing the hard job, I probably would not have been rewarded with this award.

"Justin, it's yours, this award is yours. It's not mine anymore, it's absolutely yours, 100 per cent."

Gary Lineker, another former team-mate of Edinburgh's but in the early 90s, hailed the left-back.

He said: "Deeply saddened to hear that Justin Edinburgh has passed away. He was an excellent coach and a terrific full-back who was a delight to share a dressing room with and have as a team-mate. My thoughts are with his family. Rest in peace Justin."

Paul Gascoigne played with the defender during Tottenham's FA Cup final triumph in 1991, in what was Edinburgh's first full season at the club.

"I'm so, so devastated my mate Justin Edinburgh has passed away," Gascoigne said. "What a great guy.

"My condolences go out to all his family. I'm so sorry to hear this incredibly sad news. My heart goes out to his family. Rest in peace Justin."

Graham Roberts was alongside Edinburgh and other club legends for the Champions League final in Madrid two weekends ago.

He was deeply saddened by the news that the former Southend United youngster had passed away at the age of 49.

"Totally devastated," Roberts said. "A wonderful man and I will always cherish the memories we had in Madrid and working at Spurs and other events together.

"I'm so sorry to all his family and Tottenham and Leyton Orient. 1991 will live with us Spurs fans forever in which you played so amazing."

Micky Hazard spent time with Edinburgh during the Lilywhites' early Premier League days and hailed the wholehearted left-footed footballer.

He added: "Today we lost an amazing human being and one of life's great, great guys in Justin Edinburgh.

"My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends on this incredibly say day. Rest in peace my friend, go play some footy in the sky."

Ex-Tottenham goalkeeper Ray Clemence coached and managed Edinburgh at White Hart Lane, he said: "Deeply shocked and saddened by the passing of Justin Edinburgh.

"An excellent player and coach, but more importantly a great human being. He always had time and a smile for everyone.

"He will be sorely missed by us all. Thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Taken too soon. Rest in peace Justin."

Darren Anderton was another team-mate of Edinburgh's in N17, he admitted: "I can't believe it, such sad news about Justin. It's not fair.

"One of the greatest guys you could ever wish to meet. When you were around him, you just laughed and smiled constantly. Rest in peace mate."

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