Unbeknown to everyone including, Bill Nicholson, Bobby Smith was carrying an injury before the FA Cup Final in 1961. The week before in the final League match at home to West Bromwich Bobby had headed home his 28th goal of the season. Then later in the game he twisted his knee.
At that time it was painful but he wasn’t too concerned. That was too change.
Left - Rounding Gordan Banks in the Cup Final '61
Like everyone else I was stunned to hear of the sudden passing of Ugo yesterday. I remember him as a solid giant of a defender for Aston Villa and went I learnt he was a Spurs supporter I did hope he would join us when he left them. That was not to be as he moved to Middlesborough, he did however join the club’s coaching staff in 2014.
The Tottenham Mysteries where we look at stories that don't seem complete or the various accounts don't tally. This time, a much lighter tale than the last mystery, as we wonder about the origins of the design for our own cockerel.
Over the years it has even been suggested that it may even have 'hatched' in America.
We look at the rumours and what evidence we could uncover.
Having been carried shoulder high from the field by their large traveling support the players made their way back to Tottenham where as they stepped down from the train they were met by the Tottenham Town Band and more excited supporters who serenaded their heroes return to the ground. In their first season in their new home and John Cameron’s first full season as player / manager Tottenham had won their first major trophy.
Looking back at one of the best left backs to play for Spurs, Cyril Knowles, he joined us from Middlesborough in May 1964 having played just 39 games for them.
He would go on to be an England international and be part of the team that won four major trophies as well as being immortalised by a TV advert and pop song. He won four major trophies with Spurs and is fondly remembered by all who saw him play.
Once upon a time games were recorded by reporters using language to paint a word picture for the reader who would then reenact the game in his mind. I know a number of readers have enjoyed my dips into the newspaper accounts of past events in various articles so I’ve drawn together a few stories that have surfaced during my research. I hope you will find them interesting, informative or just amusing. So if you could forget the sound bite a moment and turn to the back page.
Let us never forget. On 11th April 1981 Tottenham met Wolves in the FA Cup semi final at Hillsborough, the home of Sheffield Wednesday, which was regularly used for big games. It is my intention to mark the event without comment. The Tottenham fans had been allocated the (smaller) Leppings Lane end despite having a larger average gate than the Wolves.
Another collection of Spurs related pictures from across the years that deserve another airing.
We start with one of the best keepers every to play for Spurs and Hugo Lloris demonstrates his ability to fly.
Having secured the League title and the first half of the Double Spurs had three games left before the FA Cup final but first it was just 48 hours later that Wales were in action at home to Spain in a World Cup game, a 1-2 defeat, with Medwin and Hopkins in the side. Jones missed the game due to the injury picked on the Monday, but he still drove Terry Medwin to Cardiff for the game.
The final month of the League season started with Preston (the first team ever to do the Double) arriving at the Lane on All-Fools day just twenty four hours after the Chelsea game. John White scored in just the second minute from an Allen pass with a 25 yard shot that went under the goalies body. Preston who had had one of the meanest defences in the league found themselves four down at half time. The next goal, was the 100th of the year and it was one worthy of the fact.
Part of our celebration of White Hart Lane during this the last season in the grounds current guise has been a series of ‘snapshots in time’ on social media marking various events at the ground since our arrival in 1899. Now as the season approaches its climax we gather these ‘milestones’ together as part of our permanent tribute to the ground.
Harry Kane starts off this latest voyage into the childhood world surrounding Spurs. As he is measured for his avatar at EA Sports.
The readers have come up trumps again, no sooner had I launched the last trip to the toy store than the inbox bristled with some great pics, thanks all.
So mix in a little trivia and your mid week diversion awaits you.
The next part of our celebration of White Hart Lane and the next part of our new stadium being prepared. We discover what the chairman thought about moving from The Lane in the sixties. Along with some great tales and images across the years.
In this final part of the series we uncover where we have played Brazilian sides in various parts of the world and when Spurs declined to tour the country while the team that took out place ended in jail.
There are also a number of links at international level while we also reveal another two players from that country who spent time at The Lane and the latest connection.
Quite simply you would not be a Spurs fan if it wasn’t for this man.
Bobby Buckle wasn’t just one of the founders of the Hotspur football team he was at the center of every major moment in its development off the field during the first twenty years of its existence.
While on the pitch he was the team captain in that first season and is the first known goal scorer in the clubs history. A speedy winger he remained a main stay of the side for ten years.
It was then back to Cup Action and another game at Villa Park. March 18th, saw us meet Burnley in the semi-final. Danny as we have seen was a master of the psychological aspect of the game. He knew the Burnley captain well as they roomed together for Ireland and Jimmy McIlroy understood why Danny’s nickname as a youngster was rabbit as he kept him up all night talking.
Left - Spurs take the field in the semi final.
Talking Tottenham takes a look at the world of magazines and Tottenham from around the world and across the ages. We start off at home and 'Team'. The clubs official magazine and this included Lilywhite the supporters club magazine.
Here we see the lads taking time off in the their cup winning year of 1967 to help chose Miss Tottenham.
I will slip in some more trivia for your entertainment.
There were some Tottenham fans that believed there was a curse on Tottenham when they were drawn to play the FA Cup semi final at Villa Park in March 1961. Spurs had reached the Semi-finals only four times since winning the trophy in 1921. Three of these had fallen in a nine year spell, all played at Villa Park and all lost with a hint of the fates intervening.
A few people have reported difficulties in locating previous articles referenced due to some technical problems on the website. Whilst our team attempt to correct the issue this article will act as a guide to the profiles of the clubs playing staff and other significant Tottenham figures. I’ve included in this section the clubs Hall of Fame and the 100 Club.
A few people have reported difficulties in locating previous articles referenced due to some technical problems on the website. Whilst our team attempt to correct the issue this article will act as a guide to the White Hart Lane and the clubs supporters, Tottenham Kits and Calendar related items. As well as a few non-Spurs items.
Flying Down to Rio
History of T.H.F.C.
Tribute to Bill Nicholson
The Road to Turin
Most Read Articles
The 100 Year War
Interview with Marina Sirtis
A Long Dark Shadow
By Royal Appointment
School Report: An Insight into the Younger Eric Dier
All Change At Spurs
History Of THFC: Part 1
Passage to India: Rohan Rickets
Thanks For The Memories
Our Tommy Carroll
The AVB Files: Part1
You The Jury
The Hand Of Hugo
Connection - Argentina
Creating a Reputation
Flying Down To Rio