Max Seeburg would become Tottenham’s first overseas player as well as the first European to play for a professional club in this country,
Max was the first German to play for Spurs but he was hardly an international transfer swoop. Having been born in Leipzeg in 1884 his family moved to London when he was just two years old, where his father ran a fur shop close by Tower Bridge.
He played for local sides Park and Cheshunt before joining Chelsea where he did not play a competitive game. Moving to Spurs in May 1907 and he toured with the team that summer to Belgium. He scored a hat trick on the first game of the tour V Union Saint Gilloise.
Playing at either center or inside forward he managed seven goals in 24 games during 1907 / 08, our last season in the Southern League. The following season he played once in the Football League away to Hull. Thus he became not only Tottenham’s first overseas player but also the first European to play for a professional club in this country, (some ‘foreigners’ had played as amateurs). He made just one more appearance in the London Charity Cup, a win over QPR, before moving on to Leyton.
He would play for several other sides dropping back into the half back line and retired while at Reading. He became a Public House manager but later resigned for Reading.
When World War One started he was interned as a German nation, despite leaving at such a young age. By the time he was released he was too old to take up the game again and became a carpenter. Max passed away in 1972.
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