In our latest look at Spurs in ‘minor’ competitions we find a good pre-season story that actually moves away from the competitive and focus on two 'friendly' encounters Tottenham played under the banner of the ‘Football League Jubilee Trust’ just before World War 2.
The Football League said ‘It was concerned about the after care of our league players’ and what would become of them after their playing days were over ‘whether by accident or age’
Gallery - 2017 / 18
The Gallery where we gather together some Tottenham images linked by a theme.
On this occasion as the new season its about to be launched its a look back at last season's league programme.
The Tottenham Mysteries returns with a look at an oddity that had puzzled me for a long time, just why Spurs and Celtic exchanged rugs instead of the traditional pennant before their pre-season meeting August 1967. Even the clubs website in 2014, before the two clubs meeting in Finland described that day said ‘exchanged rugs instead of the customary pennants.’ The Tottenham Mysteries decided to dig deeper.
The Spurs Programme
The previous glimpses into the world of Tottenham's programmes seem to have been well received so I thought for this seasons mid-week diversion when we take a look at something lighter as we face a kick off sometime in the wee small hours we would explore the subject a little further, hence this aperitif.
The articles to follow have been 'loosely' themed whilst this appetizer is more a random 'sneak peak.' Although a number do feature games at the start of the season.
Planet Spurs - 2.1
Planet Spurs returns for a second series in which we try to locate those little tales from the Wonderful World of Hotspur that you might otherwise have missed and which deserve to be recalled.
We will come to these gentlemen in a moment as well as a few thoughts from Bill Nicholson but first this lovely story that surfaced during some research.
Every Picture - Set 36
Every Picture returns for the new season and (hopefully) we will discover some more Spurs related images that you haven't seen before or at least are worth another viewing. We will be crossing the last hundred years or so looking for great action pictures as well as some off-duty moments.
Starting the season with Moussa Dembele against Manchester United.
Connections - Spain 4
With Tottenham due to play one of the most famous Spanish sides this week in America we take a look back at our previous connections.
One memorable encounter in European action as well as when we met at Wembley Stadium.
When we met in the semi-final of the European Cup Winners Cup in April 1982 it was not the Barcelona we know these days famed for their football this was an era when they were known for their more robust approach to the contest.
The Grand Tour of '76
These days’ tours are very quick and involve promoting the brand as much as performing. As we have seen before touring use to be very different.
This time we turn our attention to the summer of 1976 and the games that never seemed to end.
The Grand tour that year would see Spurs encircle the globe, play in three continents and take a month doing so.
The Art of Tottenham - 16
The Art of Tottenham returns with some more examples of how the artist, professional and amateur, have seen Spurs over the years.
Many thanks to the various people who have sent in items unfortunately I have little information to share re the creators but we are in your debt. If you can shred any light please do so.
We start this new season with the manager and his passion.
Connections - Spain 3
In this article we look at one of the Spaniards who played for Tottenham and another European encounter.
Getafe came to White Hart Lane in the UEFA Cup in October 2007. At that time teams only met each other once at this point of the competition. Tottenham were having a poor time and it had been decided that Martin Jol would leave the club and the news was leaked just before the game.
The Away Programme
As we enter the brief period before the summer tour and nothing but the mindless transfer fantasies to occupy us I thought something lighter to pass a few minutes.
Over part of the season just finished on ‘away days’ I posted various programmes from previous Spurs games on that ground. I wasn’t convinced how well this idea was working until I stopped.
Clearly a number of people enjoyed them. I tried to use programmes that had a Tottenham or at least an artistic interest.
The Ad Break where we look back at various aspects of commercial enterprises and activities the club and players have been involved with over the last hundred years or thereabouts.
This look starts with our trip to Cyprus for European action and ESPN's coverage.
Connections - Spain 2
In part 2, we remember our first competitive Spanish encounter which brought our first European trophy as we look at our meetings with Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad. As well as two unusually games England have played.
Our first competitive meeting with a Spanish club was the final of 1963 European Cup Winners Cup when we faced Atletico Madrid in Rotterdam.
Throughout each season I seem to collect a number of images and bits that don't seem to fit into other articles and they are then gathered up along with those already laying in the files into these little 'collectives' for your perusal over coffee. These sometimes attract more feedback than the articles that take effort, maybe there is a message there. Many of these pics, and much more, arrive via you the reader so a massive thanks to you and more power to your send button, keep them coming. Enjoy.
An essential member of the side that won the Second and First Divisions titles.
The outside left, he was just as good with both feet, was described as being speedy with a speedy unorthodox style which allowed him to pop up in a variety of positions across the pitch.
The Magazine Stall
I thought we had exhausted the subject of Tottenham appearing on various magazine covers when it was used as a mid week diversion last season. However since I announced its demise these new titles rattled into the inbox, so thanks to you all who responded. Any new titles or just amazing Spurs related covers welcome. We start this roundup in the current day but will slip back nearly a hundred years and find ourselves in several countries. Starting with Fantasy Football magazine from the season just ended, surely Harry Kane was in many of your teams.
Every Picture - Set 35
Every Picture the series that tries to find Spurs related pictures that you might not have seen before or at least are worth another look. I try and avoid pictures that have been splattered the length of social media, (not always easy as I try and avoid it myself). This does also mean that a number delve back into the clubs distant past and sometimes the quality may not be as good as we would sometimes like. That's the annual introduction out the way , Enjoy.
Connections - Spain 1
In this series we will explore Tottenham’s various links with Spain at club and international level, our meetings in friendly and competitive fixtures as well as the players from that country that have represented the Spurs.
With the World Cup in progress we start the series with a look at some meetings at international level.
England has met Spain to date on 25 occasions and Spain holds the dubious record of being the only country England has beaten in a penalty shootout in a major tournament.
Connections - Belgium 3
As the World Cup approaches we bring up to date the Connections series. Today we have one of the ‘fab four’ and a preseason trophy success as well as our last meeting in European competitive action with a club from that country.
World Cup Art Plus 4
In this last look at art work and the World Cup, along with some trivia surrounding the competition, we start with this poster for the 1974 tournament.
So if you need a break from the high octane atmosphere of the opening games and the tidal wave of exclusive transfer news then take a moment to sit back and enjoy.
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