Welcome to another Talking Tottenham compendium where we find images and some slightly frivolous information to help pass your Sunday. I try and include as many of the 'odd' pictures that you the reader send in and thank you all, alongside some of the more traditional TT subjects.
Planet Spurs where we try and find a few stories that otherwise slip past you. This time around the 'Law story' involves the famous Blind Beggar gang.
There is a fashion show, a carnival and the future of football on TV. Not to mention another team picture you havent seen before.
With the longest night rapidly approaching and today being the last home game before Christmas I thought we would take a look at some of the festive offerings from the club on the cover of the programmes over the years.
So whilst we await this years cover a short diversion and some memories to reflect upon.
Another look at some of the treasures, great and small, that Tottenham have gathered over the years. This time the artifacts come from the start of the last century through the war years to the recent past.
They have been gathered from across this country and from the far side of the globe.
Starting with the engraved goblet that was presented by the club to each player to celebrate the Double and carries their autographs.
A short diversion for the weekend and the latest set of Every Picture I am quite confident contains some that will be new to you, but they are all well worth another look.
Thank you again to those who sent in some of these treasures to add to the maze in the photo files .
Top - David Ginola in 1998 V Everton.
George Hunt stands sixth in Tottenham’s all time goal scorers list, is second on the hat tricks chart as well as having the second best strike ratio in our history.
Our England international, George struck 138 goals for Spurs in just 198 games, was our top scorer five seasons running including the year we won promotion, and was the top all time scorer for twenty five years.
Welcome to the latest set of artist impressions of Tottenham collected together for you pleasure. I've given what information I have on these images, if anyone can throw more light on them please contact me. They range from recent computised creations to the press coverage over the years. 'The Art' will return in a coupe of weeks.
This top pic is the magic man himself. Its by someone called Owen. I don't know if that's is a first or last name. So attempts to track him down have been unsuccessful.
Madonna, Kylie and Gazza, what a way to kick off the latest collection of cover stories as we seek out Spurs and where they have turned up on the news-stands over the years. Gazza took time out from his footy to have a record career (see The Tottenham Juke Box) and here appears on the front cover of Smash Hits magazine. As we look back over eighty years and uncover some unexpected titles.
Jurgen Klinsmann arrived at Spurs in July 1994 in a hail of publicity, having been signed by Alan Sugar on his yacht in the south of France. This was followed by the press whipping up a story that he dived in matches. His abilities, his enthusiasm for the game and charm quickly won the fans of all clubs over as he set out to ridicule the rumours and asking reporters where he could find a diving club.
This day, 3rd December, in 1910 Tottenham registered their first Football League win over Woolwich at the third attempt. We look at how the press of the day recorded the match.
The London News led with the story of ‘A more entertaining match than that in which Tottenham Hotspur beat Woolwich Arsenal by three goals to one has not been seen at White Hart Lane this season.’
A story originally penciled in for last season when we looked at great games at White Hart Lane.
The series where we try and find a few stories that may have slipped under the radar from the wonderful world of Hotspur to lighten your weekend. They say football isn’t what it was well you can judge for yourself as this time around we discover how money is ruining the game, the dangers of the sins of the father and two players are arrested for playing for QPR.
We also reveal when the Fire Brigade come to the rescue and saved Christmas.
In this article we look back at our encounters with the Bavarian giants, Bayern Munich. Who we beat 6-0 in our first meeting and have since played twice in European competition.
We have also encountered them on a non-competitive stage both at home and around the globe.
Every Picture returns with another set of images from the World of Hotspur that deserve another run out.
We start with the night the lights went out in Besiktas during out Europa League tie in December 2014 and the crowd responded by using their mobile phones.
In November 1899 the first team from the African continent visited White Hart Lane. They were from Bloemontein, Orange Free State and were the first South African football team to tour outside their country, although a cricket team had. They would play forty nine games in a four month spell. This was when travel was by ship and tours meant tours. To put this in perspective the FA had under taken its own first tour that summer (1) and Tottenham wouldn’t venture into main land Europe till 1905, (2).
A different 'Mysteries' for you this time. Its not uncommon to come across photos that are either unlabelled or appear (and often are) wrong, even from 'reliable' sources. Today a few that remain unresolved and maybe you can help or at least wonder along with us.
Starting with what might be an easy one. This presentation by Bill Nicholson to Dave Mackay. Its a picture often seen but what is he presenting?
Jack was regarded as one of the finest footballers of the late Victorian era, playing for Spurs for 14 years and was skipper for 12. Described at the time as a player who would be admired by those who like brains over brawn.
Jack would become the first Hotspur to win a representative honour, and appeared in all the major games in our early history.
He is also credited with scoring the first known hat trick and later became the Club's President.
After the events and the debates of the last few days Talking Tottenham takes a few moments to relax and blend together a variety of pictures gathered from the files for your delight.
So take a moment to peruse I'm sure there will be something for everyone. With just a sprinkling of trivia.
End of season tours are seen as a friendly opportunity to raise the clubs profile and extend its commercial opportunities. This wasn’t the case on the tour when the Spurs players were stoned by a mob, one player was attacked with an umbrella and the chairman robbed.
The club had turned down the opportunity to visit Brazil and in the summer of 1914 headed for Germany.
We interrupt your reading to bring you this important message from our sponsors. The Ad break returns with another look at how the club and the players have interacted with the commercial world over the years.
Starting with Harry Kane and here we find him on a photo-shoot for FS magazine.
Joe Hulme was appointed Tottenham manager in January 1946. It was the last season of the Wartime League. Spurs with one eye on the post war return of the Football League decided the side needed a full time manager. Arthur Turner the club secretary had done an excellent job since taking over when Peter McWilliam who had resigned on health grounds in 1942. Hulme who had already joined Spurs in 1944 working as Turners assistant and as a scout, was given the post originally just till the end of that season.
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