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Who was Terry Venables married to? All about Terry Venables wife and children

Terry Venables often referred to as El Tel, was an English former football player and manager, and an author.

During the 1960s and ’70s, he played for various clubs including Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers, and gained two caps for England.

Terry Venables

As a club manager, Venables won the Second Division championship with Crystal Palace in 1979. He reached the 1982 FA Cup Final with Queens Park Rangers and won the Second Division in 1983.

With Barcelona, he won La Liga in 1985 and reached the 1986 European Cup Final.[3] He guided Tottenham Hotspur to FA Cup victory in 1991.

He also managed Middlesbrough and Leeds United. As the England national team manager from 1994 to 1996, he reached the semi-finals of the 1996 European Championships, and managed Australia from 1997 to 1998.

Terence Frederick Venables was born in Dagenham on 6 January 1943, the only child of Fred and Myrtle Venables.

His father was a Navy petty officer who originally came from Barking. His mother was Welsh, and her family lived in Clydach Vale.

When he was 13, his parents moved to run a pub in Romford, Essex, sending him to live with his maternal grandparents Ossie and Milly, who fostered his love of football.

Terry Venables died after a long illness aged 80 on 25 November 2023.

About Terry Venables marriages

Terry Venables
Terry Venables cause of death: Former England manager dies aged 80

 Who Was Terry Venables married to?

Terry Venables was married twice. His first wife was Christine McCann, a dressmaker, whom he married in 1966. They had two daughters before divorcing in 1984.

His second wife is Yvette Bazire, whom he met in 1984 in his father’s pub in Chingford, Greater London.

She accompanied him to Barcelona when he was appointed as their manager and they married in 1991.

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Terry Venables and wife Yvette . Credit: PA: Press Association

Who is Terry Venables wife Yvette Venables?

Yvette Venables is the second and current wife of Terry Venables, the former football player and manager who died on 25 November 2023.

She is a French-born woman who met Terry in 1984 in his father’s pub in Chingford, Greater London.

She accompanied him to Barcelona when he was appointed as their manager and they married in 1991.

She managed his Kensington dining club, Scribes West, for seven years before he sold it in 19971.

She was very supportive of his career and stood by him during his legal battles and controversies.

She is also the stepmother of his two daughters from his first marriage to Christine McCann, a dressmaker.

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Terry Venables with his then wife, Christine, and their daughters, c1970. Photograph: Express/Getty Images

Terry Venables kids: How many children did Terry Venables have?

Terry Venables had two children from his first marriage to Christine McCann, a dressmaker.

He did not have any children with his second and current wife, Yvette Bazire.

About Terry Venables daughters

Little is known about Terry’s daughters, but according to a 2014 interview with the Guardian, it seems Terry’s daughters were both born in the late 60s – early 70s.

One of Terry’s daughters, Tracey Graham, appears to have followed her father into the football industry.

In 1997, Terry took up a post managing Tottenham Hotspur, before being appointed chief executive in 1991.

In 1993, Terry was dismissed from his post, and it was reported at the time that Tracey Venables, was also sacked from her job as National Membership Secretary at the club.

Tracey, 23 at the time, had apparently worked at Spurs for over a year.

It was reported at the time that Terry’s daughter Tracey appeared at the Spurs North London grounds gates and announced: “I’ve just this minute been sacked. I’m very angry. I had no idea this was going to happen.”

His other daughter is called Nancy, but little is known about what she does for a living.

Terry also has at least one grandson, Sam, who he mentioned in his 2014 autobiography, Born to Manage.

Terry Venables

What did Terry Venables say about his children?

Terry seemed to keep his private life private and rarely mentioned his children or family in public.

In his 2014 autobiography, he mentions the stress that his glittering football career had on his family.

After being appointed Barcelona manager in 1984, he recalled that the move culminated in the end of his marriage to his first wife, but that both parents “wanted to ensure that our two daughters understood they still had loving parents”.

The family seem close, as Terry makes references to family holidays in Majorca.


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