When I launched the Tottenham Mysteries a year ago one of the first stories we looked at was ‘The Game Time Forgot’ and Real Madrid’s visit to White Hart Lane in 1925. Responses came from three different continents and from some very well known names in the World of Hotspur. The question in this follow up article however is ‘are we any closer to the answer?
Two of our players are marooned in Scotland, our skipper is in court and the schools are closed because Spurs are coming to town. As well as the goalie who went on strike. So as you prepare for the weekends game and need a break from the usual internet waffle then maybe Planet Spurs is for you.
We seek to bring to your attention some of the stories that might otherwise escape your attention and are well worth retelling as we explore the annuals of our clubs rich tapestry.
Concluding the story of Tottenham's great triumph of 1901 when they won the FA Cup. The only non-league side to do so since the Football League had been formed. A defining moment in the young club's history. As with so much in that history controversy would raise its head.
Continuing the story of Tottenham's 1901 Cup triumph. The mood in the Spurs camp must have been even better when the draw sent us to Reading in the next round. The only other Southern League side left in the competition. The sides had already met four times that season with Spurs winning twice at home, the second just a week before the Cup tie. At Elm Park we had lost and drawn.
In Tottenham’s first season at White Hart Lane they had celebrated by winning the clubs first major honour, the Southern League. The press had dubbed them the Flower of the South and at last thought they had a team to match the dominance of the northern sides. Few however would have expected John Cameron’s Tottenham to go even better that following season while each step brought records and controversy.
Another collection of art work featuring Spurs from across the years. From the serious to frivolous. Again I've given (what little) detail I have on these and if you can shed any further light please do so.
First up is Harry Kane at the Euros when England put him on corner duty. The artist is David Squires. He does draw for the Guardian but if this is where it appeared there I cant say.
Long, long ago I included in a Talking Tottenham a short poem and at that time suggested I would dig out some more. Its taken a while for this small collection to be assembled.
Here for your pleasure, and as my calendar informs me that this should be World Poetry Day, are a couple more.
Starting with probably the most famous in the annuls of the club. We go back to the turn of the last century.
Continuing the story of Tottenham’s connections with the England side in games played at Wembley (from Connections- England 8).
Kicking off this time with Eric Dier who scored his first Wembley goal for England goal in September 2017 in the win over Slovakia.
Jimmy Dimmock ensured himself a special place in our history when he scored the only goal in the 1921 FA Cup final at just 20 years of age.
He would become the first Spurs player to hit 100 Football League goals as he finished with 112 first team goals from 438 games which places him in 12th place in our all time scorers list.
As Tottenham are playing all their games at Wembley Stadium this season ‘Connections’ turns its attention to a few of the first and notable occasions linking Spurs and England in games played at the National Stadium. For other connections with England and Tottenham at the stadium see links at the end of the article.
Every Picture returns with another set of Spurs related pics that deserve another run out for your pleasure. Gathered from across the years, this time we range back over the last ninety years. Hopefully some will be new to you and some you will not have seen for awhile.
Starting with Benoît Assou-Ekotto in mid flight.
Welcome to the latest Planet Spurs where we try and dig out some stories you otherwise would not have come across as a short diversion before the weekend action commences. In this issue we discover the team that come to Tottenham as they deserved a holiday. We also reveal the danger to the game from armchair fans and as this edition is planned to appear just before out first clash with Huddersfield since 1972 I’ve slipped a couple of Terrier stories into the mix along with some great pics.
Terry faced what many thought an impossible task when he was appointed Tottenham manager to succeed the legendary Bill Nicholson, in September 1974. His only managerial experience had been four years at Division Two Hull City. Where he had finished in mid-table, with a win ratio of 35%. He was not helped by the fact that he was a former captain of Arsenal.
Tottenham have competed in the Costa Del Sol Tournament held in Malaga twice. The first time was in 1965 when we won the trophy and then again the following year when we also won the trophy.
What stands out about this competition and the size of the trophy, it stands four feet high and here we see Roger Hoy, Pat Jennings and Cyril Knowles returning with it.
To help you through your Sunday how about another trip down to the toy shop with a little trivia thrown in. This is the fifth (!) Toy special and quite possibly the last, but every time I think I've finished the inbox proves me wrong. Always lovely to hear from you.
In the meantime enjoy both a little diversion and the weekend.
I was asked if I could do a 'read bite' on programmes, and the previous articles seemed to go down well. Being always happy to oblige the reader I then delved through the files before I wondered if you'd like something on 'Pirates.' Not a subject that I am too 'hot on' but this is what I came up with. Anyone having any other pics or info please feel free to pass it on.
Pirates have been around as long as official programmes and they were plentiful in the sixties, I remember regular warnings appearing in the official version across the years. They continue to thrive it seems as this one from 2011 demonstrates.
Alan Gilzean started at Dundee as an amateur and turned professional soon afterwards. While he was with them he won the Scottish League (1962) and they reached the European Cup semi-final the following season and were runners up in the Scottish Cup the next. Bill Nicholson brought him to Spurs to form the G-Men with Greaves, to replace Bobby Smith in December 1964 for £72,500.
The series that ran last season on social media now drawn together to celebrate White Hart Lane and its vital part in out clubs history. The events at the ground that helped shape the club we know today.
This time we have goal galore, a Prime Minister, some memorable meetings with Arsenal and a player that would never play for us again. As well as a few Christmases to remember.
The next in our brief looks at some League Cup ties worth recalling takes us back just a few years to the visit of Hull City in the 4th Round to White Hart Lane in October 2013 which produced a game few watching will forget as the game after two frustrating hours went to a penalty shootout.
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