Tottenham Hotspur stars from the past have paid tribute to former teammate Justin Edinburgh, who passed away over the weekend after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Edinburgh played as a combative left-back for Spurs in the 1990s, having joined from Division Four side Southend United, initially on loan.

He went on to make over 200 appearances for Spurs and was part of the FA Cup winning side in 1991 and the team that won the League Cup in 1999.

Members of teams from both of those eras have taken to Twitter to pay their respects to Edinburgh.

In a tweet, Paul Gascoigne said: “I’m so devastated my mate Justin Edinburgh has passed away. What a great guy. My condolences go out to all his family. I’m so sorry to hear this incredibly sad news. My heart goes out to all his family. RIP Justin.”

Darren Anderton said on Twitter: “Can’t believe it. Such sad news about Justin. It’s not fair. One of the greatest guys you could ever meet. When you were around him, you just laughed and smiled constantly. RIP mate.”

After his ten-year stint at White Hart Lane, Edinburgh moved on to Portsmouth where he spent three years before beginning his career in management.

Edinburgh spent time at Billericay Town, Fisher Athletic, Grays Athletic and Rushden and Diamonds as he learnt the trade of management right down at the bottom.

After leaving Rushden due to their administration, Edinburgh was appointed at Newport County and he enjoyed plenty of success with the South Wales side, avoiding relegation in the season he took over as well as reaching the FA Trophy final.

He then achieved promotion to the Football League with the Exiles the next season via the play-offs, and managed to sustain their League Two status, a place they still hold today, before having further league spells with Gillingham and Northampton Town.

His most recent, and arguably most successful, spell came at Leyton Orient in the National League. Taking over with the club hovering just above the relegation zone in November 2017, the O’s finished 13th in that campaign before he guided them to the National League title and FA Trophy final in the season just gone.

While many will remember Edinburgh for his years spent as a top-level player, there will be plenty that knew him mostly as a manager, and that emerging career was something that teammate Gary Lineker alluded to in a Twitter post.

He said: “Deeply saddened to hear that Justin Edinburgh has passed away. He was an excellent coach and a terrific fullback who was a delight to share a dressing room with and have as a teammate. Thoughts are with his family.”

David Ginola, a member of the 1999 League Cup winning side with Edinburgh, also suffered from a cardiac arrest when he was 49, the same age as Edinburgh was when he died, and he looked to raise awareness of the issue paying his respects.

He said: “Justin Edinburgh… deeply shocked, deeply saddened. RIP my friend, I shall miss you. One death too many from cardiovascular disease, a silent global epidemic.”