Spurs legend David Ginola comes off the bench three years after he died for eight minutes from heart attack at new stadium

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TOTTENHAM legend David Ginola rounded off his miracle comeback from death’s door as he came on to play at their new stadium.

The 52-year-old was playing in a charity match in May 2016 when he collapsed face first and was airlifted to hospital.

David Ginola gives a thumbs up after coming on for Spurs in their amazing new stadium against Inter Milan
David Ginola gives a thumbs up after coming on for Spurs in their amazing new stadium against Inter Milan
Ginola was back on a football pitch for the first time since his quadruple heart bypass in May 2016
Ginola was back on a football pitch for the first time since his quadruple heart bypass in May 2016
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Former PFA Player of the Year Ginola had to have a quadruple heart bypass but has made a miracle recovery to fitness.

And he came on just after the hour mark and managed 20 minutes for Spurs as they lost 5-4 to Inter Milan.

Boss Gary Mabbutt revealed that it was Ginola who got in touch to get involved in the match, after the former Newcastle and Aston Villa ace nagged him to have a peek at their new digs.

Along with legend Paul Gascoigne and Jurgen Klinsmann, Ginola rolled back the years and gave Spurs the perfect house warming gift to a rapturous reception.

Ginola exclusively told The Sun how he swallowed his tongue and was clinically dead, needing a defibrillator to revive him during a game in south-eastern France.

It was three or four years ago David had his heart bypass. That was the last time he played in a game of football.


Gary Mabbutt

His iconic goal against Barnsley in March 1999 was his greatest single moment in English football.

And he was clearly not playing with the vivre and intensity of yesteryear against Inter, but had a good run-out regardless.

Mabbutt said after the game: “Every player I spoke to we had to make sure their fitness [was OK].

“It was three or four years ago David had his heart bypass.

“That was the last time he played in a game of football.

“But he called me and said ‘look I want to be involved’ – I said ‘how long can you give me?’

“He said ‘probably 10 minutes but I’d like to just come out there and see the fans, see the stadium and be part of it.’

“In the end he got about 20 odd minutes out there.

“So no, obviously players were wanting to come back and play in this game purely the first senior game to take place here at the new stadium, it was great opposition we were playing against and for me it was just a very enjoyable day.”

Gascoigne also got 12 minutes and a standing ovation as he damaged his Achilles tendon during the warm-up at Spurs’ new stadium.

Ginola managed to have a laugh at Spurs' £850m new digs
Ginola managed to have a laugh at Spurs’ £850m new digs
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Ginola was joined by Paul Gascoigne, who has had health problems of his own in recent years
Ginola was joined by Paul Gascoigne, who has had health problems of his own in recent years
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Ginola soaked up the plaudits 20 years after picking up the PFA Player of the Year award
Ginola soaked up the plaudits 20 years after picking up the PFA Player of the Year award
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The iconic locks may have gone but Ginola is back on a football pitch after his nightmare heart problems
The iconic locks may have gone but Ginola is back on a football pitch after his nightmare heart problems
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