A Month in
the Illustrious History of Spurs
(Compiled by Logan
A month when
the hum-drum and the ordinary is mixed in with the sheer exhilaration of
semi-finals, Finals and European success along with some disappointments.
1 Spurs were in an excellent sequence
of League and Cup games. Undefeated
since mid-January, this win was their fourth successive League victory and
they went on to win the next two League games as well. The season ended with Spurs in third
position and as F.A.Cup winners. Both goals were scored by Jimmy Greaves, the
second coming direct from a corner with the Liverpool
defender on the near post ducking under the ball.
Huddersfield Town 0 Controversy surrounded the only goal scored by Len
Duquemin and added to Huddersfield’s
problems as they tried to avoid relegation.
With only a minute remaining, the lowest attendance of the season saw
an amazing goal to Spurs. From a
corner taken by Eddie Baily, the ball hit the referee and rebounded to Baily
who immediately centred for Duquemin to head the winning goal. The goal should have been disallowed
because Baily had played the ball twice without another player touching it. Huddersfield
appealed but the result had to stand and they were relegated at the end of
Spurs 2 Leicester City 0 F.A.Cup Semi-Final at Villa Park.
Ossie Ardiles played his last game of the season for Spurs as he returned to Argentina
to prepare for the World Cup. However,
there was the additional problem of the Falklands War and Ardiles was
constantly booed by the Leicester fans. Leicester
were in the 2nd Division and Spurs eventually wore them down in
the second half. After 56 minutes
Ardiles centred for Crooks to score. Leicester
lost a player to injury and their ten men battled gamely but in the 76th
minute conceded a soft own goal. The defender with many options to clear
lifted his back pass over the goalkeeper’s head.
Arsenal 0 Ignoring the Cup semi-final defeat
in 1993 to the same opponents we concentrate on the handsome League victory
at White Hart Lane
over our North London neighbours. Before the game Spurs were one point ahead
of Arsenal but went into the game without Perryman who was suspended. It was
a famous victory for Spurs and en embarrassing humiliation for Arsenal. Spurs were three ahead after fifteen
minutes and could have doubled the score by half time. Having lost the previous match at bottom of
the league, Brighton, Spurs restored the faith of their loyal support with
two goals from Hughton, two spectacular volleys from Falco and Brazil’s first
goal for the club, having missed several opportunities to score it earlier.
Benfica 1 European Cup Semi Final (2nd Leg) (Lost 3-4 on agg.) Spurs came so close to reaching the Final
but they couldn’t pull back the two goal deficit against the reigning
European Champions.. In the first leg
in Lisbon Spurs had two goals ruled out for offside and they were determined
to comeback strongly as they had in earlier rounds of the competition. However, their task became even more
difficult when they went a goal behind after 15 minutes. From then on Spurs pounded the Benfica
defence, Greaves had another goal disallowed for offside but eventually
equalised in the 35th minute when Smith scored. Spurs continued to force the visitors back
and in the second minute of the second half, Blanchflower scored from a
penalty after a foul on White. The
supporters roared Spurs on and they threw everything at Benfica, hitting the
bar and missing some chances but couldn’t get that extra goal. Benfica were greatly relieved to hear the
Southampton 1 Spurs had four consecutive home games from mid-March to
Easter and won all of them. They
scored 16 goals, conceding only two.
This was the third of the victories, having previously overcome Stoke
City (3-0) and Burnley
(5-0) which included Jimmy Greaves 300th League goal. The goals against Southampton
were scored by Alan Mullery, Jimmy Greaves (2) (1 pen), Martin Chivers, Cliff
Jones and an own goal. The final game
in the sequence was a 2-1 victory over Leeds United on Good Friday. They then lost the next two away games,
including the return against Leeds in mid-week
before returning to winning ways at White
Barcelona 1 European Cup Winners’ Cup Semi-Final (1st
Leg) Spurs second
semi-final in four days was a brutal affair.
With the reputation of a footballing team, Barcelona
left White Hart Lane
with the chant of ‘animals’ echoing from the terraces. They used every trick possible to stop
Spurs playing and unfortunately they achieved what they set out to do, leave London
with a draw. Ineffective refereeing
in their tactics and it was not until early in the second half that he
eventually sent off a Spaniard. Then
to make matters worse Clemence let a shot from 40 yards slip through his
hands into the net. With five minutes
left Roberts scored from a Hoddle free kick.
A night of European football at WHL that is remembered for the wrong
West Bromwich Albion 0 F.A.Cup Semi-Final at Villa Park The Spurs hero was Sandy Brown who
scored all four goals as Spurs comprehensively defeated their League
opponents. Brown had scored in every round of the Cup and now had a total of
12 Cup goals. All of the Spurs players deserve credit for this
performance. The game was scoreless at
half-time but from the time that Brown headed the first goal just after the
restart from a centre by Kirwan, there was no doubting the result. The second
came from a corner, the third was a shot from thirty yards and the fourth
came after a passing movement took Spurs the length of the pitch.
Everton 4 F.A.Cup Semi-Final at Elland Road This could be described as the day that we lost a
semi-final and the day that we lost Jurgen Klinsmann. The result was a shattering blow to the
fans and the club. Having progressed
to this stage with memorable victories and performances the team did not
perform on the day. The team was hit
by injuries and went two goals behind. Klinsmann scored from a penalty but
Everton scored two late goals to further embarrass Spurs. So Spurs adventure in the Cup from which
they had originally been banned was over but the further ramification was
that Klinsmann later announced that he would be leaving at the end of the
season. He had brought vitality to the
club but with the team not being able to offer him European football the
following season he decided to return to Germany. This was an even greater blow to the Club
and one that they have been striving to recover from since that fateful day.
Leeds United 0 I could have selected a European
semi-final victory or a defeat but selected instead the game that was played
on the day that I was married. Spurs
had won their previous five League games including a 2-0 victory at Highbury
the previous weekend. Spurs, with
Terry Neill as manager, had had a better season than the previous year when
they required a last match home victory over Leeds
to avoid relegation but still only finished in 9th position. A
team with Jennings, Young, Perryman, Pratt,
Chivers and Duncan
should have been doing better. The day
is also noteworthy for my local team winning the Irish Cup for the only time
in their history, emulating Spurs of 1901, by being a non-League team at the
time. Friends and relations were not
best pleased at missing the Final to attend the wedding.
Spurs 2 Wolverhampton
Wanderers 2 (aet) F.A.Cup Semi-Final at
were on their way to Wembley until the referee intervened and awarded Wolves
a last minute penalty for a fair tackle by Hoddle on Hibbitt who fell to the
ground. Wolves equalised and extra time remained goalless. Spurs had scored through Archibald after
four minutes but Wolves equalised a minute later. Just before half-time,
Hoddle gave Spurs the lead from a free kick, that could justifiably have been
a penalty. Spurs defended resolutely until the referee played his part but
then we would have missed the excitement of Highbury.
Birmingham City 0 F.A.Cup 6th Round Replay The first game the previous weekend
had remained scoreless as 2nd Division Birmingham had battled
bravely to deny Spurs. The nearest
they had come to scoring was late on when Jennings in catching an awkward
dropping centre from under the bar, let it slip from his grasp and had City
claiming a goal but the referee disagreed.
The replay saw Spurs in total control.
Venables scored twice, after 90 seconds and after 18 minutes. Two minutes later Gilzean scored the
third. In th second half, Greaves (2)
and Saul completed the goal feast.
Manchester United 1 The penultimate game of the season,
although the final game wasn’t until early May. Following the difficult
period in mid-season Spurs had reshaped the team, the senior players had
re-established themselves, Peters was settling into the team and Perryman was
gaining experience and influence in the team.
Also and importantly, Gilzean and Chivers were developing a goal
scoring partnership that was to blossom in the next few seasons. It was this combination that was to ensure
victory over United but despite the stronger finish to the season, Spurs
could only finish in 11th position.
Arsenal 1 F.A.Cup Semi-Final at Wembley. ‘St Hotspur Day’- a day never to be forgotten by
Spurs fans around the world. Arsenal
were humbled as Gazza returned from injury to score and inspire Spurs to a
fantastic victory. Spurs were not
expected to win this game, the first semi-final to be played at Wembley, but
Venables had them firing on all cylinders from the start. After five minutes Gascoigne scored from a
35 yard free kick that was hit with such power and accuracy that it left
Seaman clutching at thin air. As
Venables said afterwards, “Paul was probably the only player who could do
anything like that.” Five minutes
later Lineker increased Spurs lead.
Arsenal didn’t know what had hit them. They scored before half-time
but Lineker scored the third to take Spurs to the Final. Gazza played for only an hour but left to an ovation – ’Spurs Hero
of Wembley’ but all the players played their part in this memorable victory.
Wanderers 0 F.A.Cup Semi-Final Replay at
Highbury. The perfect place for Spurs to win an exciting replay. Determined not to be deprived of their
place at Wembley as they had been the previous Saturday, Spurs were fired up
for the game from the outset and took an early lead when Garth Crooks headed
the opening goal. Wolves came back
strongly but couldn’t get an equaliser.
Then just before half-time Crooks scored the second when taking a
Hoddle pass, he finished with ease.
Spurs were celebrating and Ricky Villa sealed the victory with a great
goal scored from thirty yards. A great
victory and a stylish performance as ‘Spurs were on their way to Wembley’
Sheppey United 0 In their non-League days, Spurs played in the
Southern League for twelve seasons.
Season 1899 – 1900 was the only time that they finished as
Champions. On two occasions they were
runners-up and on two further years they finished third. The victory over Sheppey in the penultimate
game of the season, ensured they had won the League. The goals were scored by
Hyde, Pratt and Kirwan and the team contained six of the players who were to
be part of the Cup winning team in the following season.
Wednesday 1 A Monday evening game at White
Hart Lane against their closest rivals for the
title, was the setting for this game.
Wednesday had been the first team to beat them earlier in the season
but Spurs had marched on and were now nearing the final glory. In an exciting and tense match, considering
all that was at stake, Wednesday went ahead after thirty minutes. With three minutes of the half remaining
Spurs equalised through Bobby Smith.
One minute later they were ahead when Les Allen scored. The second half was a tough affair but when
the final whistle blew, Spurs were Champions for the second time in their
history. Pandemonium broke out around White
Hart Lane as the fans rushed onto the pitch. They chanted, “We want Danny!” and refused
to leave until until the Captain led the players out to acknowledge their
Team: Brown; Baker,
Henry; Blanchflower, Norman, Mackay; Jones, White, Smith, Allen, Dyson.
Barnsley 1 Spurs 1 From the excitement of League, Cup and European achievement
to the anxiety of trying to avoid relegation.
All season Spurs had been battling to avoid the drop and changing the
manager from Francis to Christian Gross hadn’t seen any improvement. It was
now coming down to the wire – who could hold their nerve and scrap for
points, not something that any Spurs team is famous for. This was a real six pointer against another
relegation candidate. Spurs had lost
at Barnsley in the Cup and went a goal down
after 19 minutes of the first half.
They had chances to equalise but it wasn’t until the 47th
minute that Colin Calderwood redirected a Nielsen shot into the goal. With 25 minutes remaining Ramon Vega was
sent off for a professional foul but this seemed to further inspire Spurs who
held out for their point which set them up for the final three games of the
A C Milan 1 Spurs 1 UEFA Cup Semi-Final (2nd
Leg) In the early
stages of the 1st Leg at White Hart Lane AC Milan had given Spurs
a footballing lesson in retaining possession and generally having them
chasing shadows, taking the lead after 25 minutes. However, as the game progressed, Spurs came
more into it, particularly due to the leadership of Alan Mullery and the
tenacity and determination of Steve Perryman who equalised after 33 minutes
and scored the winner in the second half after an Italian player had been
sent off. For the return, Milan
were confident that the away goal would be vital to them. However, Spurs produced a most accomplished
and assured performance to progress to the Final. Captain, Alan Mullery was the inspiration,
giving Spurs an early lead (7th minute) to score the important
away goal. With twenty minutes
were awarded a penalty to equalise but Spurs held out to reach their second
Sheffield United 2 F.A.CUP FINAL at Crystal
Palace The non-League Giant Killers had
reached the Final but no-one expected them to win again. An attendance of 114,815 watched as Spurs
took on the experienced League team who took the lead after twelve minutes. Spurs equalised through Brown, thirteen
minutes later and he put them ahead five minutes after half time. However, a dubious refereeing decision gave
United an equaliser one minute later.
Clawley, the Spurs goalkeeper, fumbled a shot but when challenged
managed to scramble it clear for a corner as signalled by the linesman. However, the referee awarded the goal that
never was. From this point the game
drifted to a draw and a replay. Two
nights after the Replay, cinematic newsreel shots showed that the ball had not
crossed the line and the United equaliser should not have counted.
Barcelona 1 Spurs 0 European Cup Winners’ Cup Semi Final (2nd
Leg) Following the brutal game there were many concerns over this match
and while it never reached the same level of hostility, Barcelona carried on
in much the same vein. The tie was
settled in the second half and although they pushed forward Spurs could not
find a way through the Barcelona
defence. The trophy targets that Spurs
had had earlier in the season were gradually slipping away and now they were
left with the F.A.Cup as their only chance of silverware. Could they overcome the weariness of an
arduous season to have something to celebrate?
Sunderland 3 It was getting very close for the three
promotion spots out of the 2nd Division. Earlier in the season, Spurs had been
sitting quite comfortably but now four teams, Bolton, Southampton, Brighton
and Spurs were in pursuit of promotion.
In their two previous games Spurs had overcome Bolton at home but lost
away to Brighton and were sitting in second
place. However, this result put another dent in the Spurs promotion bid and
created additional anxiety and uncertainty among the players and the
supporters. Spurs had taken the lead
within 30 seconds through Peter Taylor but Sunderland
equalised before half time and went 3-1 up midway through the second
half. Spurs tried to retrieve the
situation and scored through John Duncan who was returning from injury, but
it wasn’t enough. The pressure was on
with two games remaining.
Wanderers 0 F.A.CUP FINAL at Stamford
Bridge The year ends in ‘1’ and Spurs have
reached their second final against 2nd Division, Wolves. Just before kick off a torrential
thunderstorm turned the pitch into a quagmire making it very difficult for
both teams to play any football, the ball constantly sticking in the
mud. One piece of inspiration from 20
year old winger, Jimmy Dimmock, after 55 minutes was enough to won the trophy
for Spurs. Picking up the ball on the
left wing he made progress then cut in, ignoring other team members, he
escaped the defenders and his shot from fifteen yards skidded off the greasy
surface, under the body of the Wolves goalkeeper.
Team: Hunter; Clay,
McDonald; Smith, Walters, Grimsdell (Captain); Banks, Seed, Cantrell, Bliss,
OFK Belgrade 1 Spurs 2 European Cup Winners’ Cup
Semi-Final (1st Leg) Spurs took the lead in this tie after 25 minutes when John
White volleyed home a shot after Bobby Smith had nodded down a Tony Marchi
free kick. OFK equalised nine minutes
before half time from the penalty spot.
Into the second half Spurs continued to attack but they lost Jimmy
Greaves who was unluckily sent off after 55 minutes. Not deterred, Spurs continued to push
forward and took the lead when Terry Dyson scored with twenty minutes
left. Greaves was the first Spurs
player to be sent off in over 39 years.
On the night, Greaves was consoled by the Spurs trainer, Cecil
Poynton, who had been the last player dismissed all those years earlier.
Hadjuk Split 0 UEFA Cup Semi-Final (2nd
Leg) Having lost the first leg game by 1-2 with Split
scoring twice in the second half Spurs were under pressure to regain the
initiative. They scored after six
minutes when at a free kick outside the penalty area, Micky Hazard managed to
bend the ball round the wall and inside the post. If the score line remained unchanged Spurs
would progress on the away goals rule.
Hadjuk attacked and Spurs survived a scare when Parks parried the ball
onto the bar which it rolled along before dropping to the ground where a
flapping and relieved goalkeeper fell on it. Earlier in the season manager,
Keith Burkinshaw, had announced that he would be leaving at the end of the
season and the players were determined to give him a leaving present, the
UEFA Cup. At least, they had reached
0 The previous weekend, Spurs had
increased the pressure on themselves in their promotion bid by losing at home
to Sunderland. This time there could be no mistakes
who were bottom of the Division. They
say that fortune favours the brave and this was the case as the only goal was
scored by Captain, Steve Perryman. The
game had reached the last ten minutes with the Hull goalkeeper standing firm
to deny Spurs a goal when he caught a cross from a corner. As a forward
challenged him he dropped the ball for Perryman to score. The relief around White
Hart Lane was unbelievable.
Sheffield United 1 F.A.CUP FINAL REPLAY at Bolton Only 20,740 were present to see Spurs go a goal
behind, five minutes before half-time.
The goal had been against the run of play and Spurs continued to take
the game to United and equalised after 55 minutes from John Cameron. Spurs then went ahead when winger Smith
scored and Brown ensured victory with a header from the third of three quick
corners, with seven minutes remaining.
Brown had become the first player to score in every round of the Cup,
scoring 15 goals. On the final whistle joyous Spurs fans invaded the pitch
and when the team returned to London
at 1.00am the next morning, the fans who had been waiting for three hours,
gave them a tremendous reception.
Team: Clawley; Erentz,
Tait; Morris, Hughes, Jones (Captain); Smith, Cameron, Brown, Copeland,
Wednesday 0 Amazingly, when Spurs won the
League in 1951 and 1961 Wednesday were the opponents against whom they
clinched the victory. In 1952 the
title race had been very close and any slip up would have proved costly. With two games remaining, Spurs went into
this game knowing that the outcome was in their own hands and duly won with a
goal scored by Len Duquemin. Following a poor start to the season, it was a
remarkable turn round to become Champions for the first time in the club’s
history, only a year after winning promotion from the 2nd
Division. The ‘push and run’ team
managed by Arthur Rowe had put Spurs in the spotlight.
Team: Ditchburn; Ramsey,
Willis; Nicholson, Clarke, Burgess (Captain); Walters, Murphy, Duquemiin,
0 Spurs 0 The conclusion to the 2nd
Division was very close. On the final
Saturday both teams needed a point to ensure promotion at Brighton’s
expense. The match was an extremely
tense and nail-biting affair. There
were many dramatic moments and Southampton
could have scored on a number of occasions but Spurs held on for the point they
needed. Spurs finished two points
behind Bolton, a point behind Southampton and level on points with Brighton. However, Spurs were promoted thanks to a
superior goal difference. Spurs were
top scorers in the division and their goal difference was nine goals better
than Brighton’s, the exact score by which
they had defeated Bristol Rovers, the previous October.
Chelsea 1 Having won promotion to Division 1
in their first year in the Football League Spurs had found life very
difficult in the top flight. This was
a crucial last day of the season victory against fellow relegation threatened
strugglers. The situation was clear,
which ever team lost would be relegated.
Spurs won before a crowd of 35,000 with goals from Billy Minter and
the all important second goal from centre forward Percy Humphreys who had
previously played for Chelsea. Spurs victory ensured their 1st
Division survival and so close was it at the bottom that the two points
enabled them to move up to 15th place, while condemning Chelsea