Milija Aleksic – British Serb goalkeeper dies

October 19, 2012

by (264) 

British born Serb Milija “elastic” Aleksic, the former First Division goalkeeper, has died suddenly aged 61 in Johannesburg. The Luton town and Tottenham legend was born Milija Anthony Aleksic on 14 April 1951 in Newcastle-Under-Lyme to a Serbian father and English mother.

He started his career in 1969 at Port Vale before they released him and he had to drop down the leagues to ply his trade. He played for Eastwood and then with Stafford Rangers won the the FA Trophy in 1972. The following year he returned to the Football League with Plymouth Argyle, before he was signed by Luton Town in December 1976. For the Hatters he played 77 games when he earned the nick name “elastic” Aleksic and caught the eye of some of the top clubs. In 1978 he was signed by Tottenham for the fee of £100,00 and his career had really taken off.

However at Spurs he had strong competition from two other keepers and it was difficult to get a run of games as the team themselves struggled in mid table in the then first division. During his time at the club he also suffered two big injuries which kept his appearances for the club down to a total of 25 before he left in 1982.

This however is the club where he was to be most fondly remembered as the goalkeeper in the 1981 FA Cup Final victory over Manchester City. This was the first time in many years that Spurs had won anything and the final itself went into a replay which produced one of the most  memorable cup finals of the 20th Century with a brace of goals scored by Ricky Villa.

His days at the club were numbered when Spurs bought England keeper Ray Clemence and within a year of being an FA Cup winner Milija was forced to drop out of the football league again and joined Barnet in 1982. Following a brief loan spell at former club Luton Town, he left the country for South Africa where he played for Wits University, before taking up employment at the Golfer’s Club in Johannesburg.

The 1981 Tottenham cup winning side played football with flair and panache with Ardiles, Villa, Crooks and Archibald, laid upon a foundation of dedication and grit in the shape of Perryman and Roberts. The Spurs fans who grew up with that team will be Spurs for life. The tales will be told and the memories handed down through the generations that his is the way to play the game, and Milija Aleksic will forever be a part of that mamory.

Our thoughts are with his family.






Leave a Reply



Before you post, please prove you are sentient.

prvi (in English)

  1. Fact-checking for dummies: UK press coverage of Serbia v Albania

  2. What Serbs call their babies: Top-10 past and present

  3. Wm Dorich responds to BBC – Croatia and the EU – what difference has a year made?

  4. False flags and other media crimes – Serbia vs Albania

  5. Britić » Jokes for (Serb) Blokes


23/10/2014Football: Serbia, Albania poised to learn UEFA punishment – Expatica Switzerland

SCNow 23/10/2014Football: Serbia, Albania poised to learn UEFA punishmentExpatica SwitzerlandEuropean football's governing body UEFA was Thursday poised to begin a closed-door disciplinary hearing...

Southampton’s Dusan Tadic admits Champions League qualification is surprising Saints’ target

£11m summer signing is off to a dream start at St Mary's and desperate to take "the most beautiful city in England" into Europe's elite competition

Football: Both Serbia, Albania hope for favourable UEFA ruling – GlobalPost

GlobalPost Football: Both Serbia, Albania hope for favourable UEFA rulingGlobalPostBoth Serbia and Albania are hoping for a favourable ruling from UEFA when European...

Serbia Defeats Switzerland 17-0 in International Friendly – American Football International

American Football InternationalSerbia Defeats Switzerland 17-0 in International FriendlyAmerican Football InternationalTeam Serbia, the Serbian national team in American football, has opened its quest for winning the IFAF Europe Group B championship wh...

Serbia Defeated Switzerland 17-0 – American Football International

Before and after the Serbia-Albania match that became a riot: In the Balkans … – The Independent

The Week in Pictures

Chelsea star Nemanja Matic hails Cesc Fabregas for making him a better player

Albanian PM’s historic visit to Serbia postponed after football brawl – Times of India

From Belgrade bedlam to Sunderland shellacking: Dusan Tadic ends difficult week on a high note

Albanian prime minister’s Serbia trip postponed after football incidents – Deutsche Welle

Albanian PM’s visit to Serbia postponed after football brawl – Yahoo News UK

Serbian, Albanian PMs delay meeting after football row – Reuters UK

Football Puts Serbia Muslims under Attack –

Help from an old friend: Tony Blair to defend Albanian interests at UEFA – report

Serbia’s government – The Economist

Serbia to decide on Albanian PM visit after football mayhem – Yahoo News

Serbian PM condemns attacks on Albanians in football row – Reuters UK

Albanian Prime Minister Sticks to Serbia Visit Despite Football Mayhem – (blog)

New Serbia-Albania match on neutral ground – report


Poet Miodrag Pavlovic dies

BELGRADE – Miodrag Pavlovic, one of the foremost writers of contemporary Serbian poetry and founder of modernism, has died, aged 87. Pavlovic passed away on August 17 in the German town of Tuttlingen, where he had lived with his...

Miroslav Svirčević, 1970-2014 / One of Serbia’s best and brightest says good-bye, but his valuable contributions remain with us. / By Aleksandra Rebic

Miroslav was a huge Beatles fan. His home away from home was Liverpool in England, the "birthplace" of the Beatles, and though he traveled extensively, I suspect that Liverpool was his very favorite place of all.

Miroslav Svirčević, 1970-2014

This morning we received word that our associate, Dr. Miroslav Svirčević (Мирослав Свирчевић), passed away last night at his home in Serbia, at the age of 43.

Cosic: Publish when I die – Forgive my sinful brothers

I wrote a letter to ten Serbian Bishops and Patriarch Pavle in which I told them what was written about me under the editorial of Amfilohije and Atanasije. None of the Bishops replied to me. I only got a...

Cosic: Publish when I die – I created Karadzic, but not Milosevic

Cosic – Publish when I die: Tito and the Serbs

Cosic: Publish when I die – CIA offered me Nobel Prize if I replace Tito

Velimirovic remembered

Chronicler of Serbia’s Decline

Mural dedicated to Vujadin Boskov on the stadium Karadjordje in Novi Sad

Timothy John Byford – The Biggest British Serb in living memory (1941-2014)

Former Yugoslav national football team coach Vujadin Boskov dies

Requiem for Nenad V Petrović


Remembering the great Branko Ćopić (15.01.1915-26.03.1984)

Concert to mark centenary of Mokranjac’s death

Tony Benn – friend of Serbs, in his own words

36 year Memorial for Otac Valerijan

Heartful Eulogy for Strina Boja

Serbian Royal Couple deeply saddened by the death of President Nelson Mandela


Potpisan ugovor u vezi izgradnje fabrike u okviru Petrohemije

Dinar sutra slabiji 0,1 odsto, kurs 119,50

DVOSTRUKI ARŠINI Kioske zatvaraju, a tajkunima praštaju

Vučić: Srbija stvara povoljnu klimu za grčke investitore

Antić: Srbija ne prodaje RTB Bor

UEFA to Rule on Serbia-Albania Match Mayhem

Roger Federers Rise to ATP No1 Just Got Tougher After Djokovic Sons Birth – Tennis World – the place for Tennis News and Tennis Tournament

Murray downs Fognini in Valencia – SuperSport

Serena Williams back on track in Singapore with win over Eugenie Bouchard –

Majka Jamajka – Zoster

Switch to our mobile site