A Decade On From Spurs’ Last Major Trophy: Where Are The 2008 League Cup Winners Now?

by Ben

 

It’s been over a decade now since Spurs last won a major trophy and how things have changed. In that period the club has become a title challenger, Champions League quarter finalists and have welcomed some serious quality into their squad, from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, to Gareth Bale.

Yet it was Teemu Tainio and Alan Hutton who last had their hands on a major trophy for the club, with Juande Ramos (we’ve had four managers since) the last to be at the helm. But where are the League Cup winners of 2008 now, and are any still playing?

Paul Robinson

Robinson spent four years at Tottenham before going on to Blackburn and Burnley, retiring just last year.

He played 175 times for the club and of course bagged one goal back in 2006/07. Today he’s doing the usual betting ambassador/after dinner speaker rounds.

Alan Hutton

Alan Hutton is still plying his trade in England and incredibly still at Aston Villa, the club we sold him to back in 2011. At 33 his career is winding down, and it’s just as well given the recent stick he’s had from Villa fans.

A cabbage may well be thrown in his direction very soon.

Jonathan Woodgate

Woodgate’s career never quite hit the heights it should have with injury following him around every club he went to. He did manage to turn out alongside Ledley King in the League Cup final though and even hit the winning goal in extra time.

Nowadays you’ll find him at Middlesbrough where he is on the coaching staff and helping the next generation of defenders.

Ledley King

The Spurs legend was plagued by injury but was there to captain the side against Chelsea in 2008. After 16 years at the club he retired in 2012 but has remained at the club ever since as an ambassador.

He’ll be looking forward to watch his side in the new stadium and will continue to be a huge part of Tottenham and their values.

Pascal Chimbonda

Pascal Chimbonda has played for a staggering 13 clubs during his time as a professional. He had two spells at Spurs, but it was in his first spell where he lifted the League Cup.

His second spell in 2009 he only made three league appearances, before spending time at Blackburn, Doncaster, Carlisle and AFC Killingworth, where he now plays in the Northern Alliance Premier League.

Aaron Lennon

One of the few players in the 2008 League Cup winning side still playing at the highest level, Lennon was just 21 when he lifted the trophy and played at Spurs for a decade, making 364 appearances.

The winger is currently at Burnley following a switch from Everton last season.

Jermaine Jenas

Jermaine Jenas played over 200 games in the heart of the Spurs midfield and built himself into a regular England international while at the club.

He retired from the game in 2016 and is regularly found on Match of the Day and BT Sport as well as on the catwalks fashioning the latest Jacamo range, where he’s been an ambassador since earlier this year.

Didier Zokora

Like many midfielders, Didier Zokora went into coaching and management following the end of his career just last year.

Following three years at White Hart Lane, Zokora had spells in Spain, Turkey and India before retiring at Indonesian club Semen Padang. He’s now back in his homeland as assistant manager at AFAD Djekanou.

Steed Malbranque

The tricky Frenchman only spent a couple of seasons at Spurs following his move from Fulham and retired only earlier this year, finishing his career at MDA Chasselay in the fourth tier of French football.

Robbie Keane

A true legend of Tottenham, Robbie Keane played over 300 games for the club with only intermittent spells at Liverpool and Celtic during almost a decade at the club.

He went on to carve a successful career in the USA to boot and earlier this year was player-manager at ATK in the Indian Super League. He’s yet to call time on his playing career just yet and iis a free agent.

Dimitar Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov was a real touch of class and levelled up the League Cup final with a penalty before Woodgate bagged the winner.

After spells with Manchester United, Fulham and in France and Greece he spent time at Kerala Blasters where he played as late as earlier this year.

He recently spoke to FourFourTwo in an interesting article and as far as we are aware has yet to officially retire from the game.

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