Seen on the Green
Famous Faces From Chingford
by Thom Goddard
This Month: Teddy Sheringham
How do you measure success? By winning awards? Statistically being the best year on year? Or how about realising your greatest achievement when it matters most? In fact, for all 3 Chingford lad Teddy Sheringham has been there and done it.
Edward Paul “Teddy” Sheringham MBE was born in Highams Park in 1966 and has lived in the Chingford area for most of his life. Growing up Teddy remembers playing football for hours in the park but only after his policeman father was happy he had finished his chores. Sheringham played for local side Leytonstone & Ilford F.C. and, after having the cheek to score against them in a youth game, joined Millwall Football Club in 1982. As a professional for Millwall, Teddy was top goal scorer in 4 of the 6 seasons he spent in South London.
This excellent form led to a £2 million transfer to Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest in 1991 where Teddy became the first person to score a goal in the Premier League, newly created that year. The following season, 1992/93, Sheringham became the first winner of the inaugural Premiership “Golden Boot” Award for most goals scored in a year. This led to an even bigger transfer to Tottenham Hotspur where, although Teddy didn’t win any awards, German legend Jürgen Klinsmann called him “the most intelligent strike partner I’ve ever had”.
In 1997 Teddy Sheringham was bought by Manchester United for £3.5 million to replace the Old Trafford legend Eric Cantona. Here the awards and statistics speak for themselves. Teddy won 3 Premiership titles, the UEFA Champions League, the Intercontinental Cup, an FA Cup and the Community Shield. In the 1999 FA Cup Final he was Man of the Match scoring one goal and setting up the second as Man U. won 2-0. But it is the 1999 Champions League Final that Sheringham will always be remembered. He again scored one goal and set up another deep into injury time as Manchester United came from behind to beat Bayern Munich. This comeback was voted the 4th greatest sporting moment of all time by Channel 4 viewers in 2002. And the Chingford man was centre stage.
Teddy Sheringham’s success continued after Manchester United. There was another cup final with Spurs, winning promotion with West Ham in 2005 and an MBE in 2007. Teddy is now retired having won almost every trophy available but throughout everything his home has always been in Chingford. So keep a look out for anyone you meet in the Mount or have seen on the Green!
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