The Tottenham Mysteries returns and over the coming weeks we will look at several more stories that seem incomplete or where the various accounts contradict each other as we try and unravel the facts.
This first case I’m delighted to say is one that we have finally closed the file upon but the journey to reach that point was a long and winding one.
So lets look back at The Oxford Affair.
On this day as we remember St Valentine, Talking Tottenham takes a look at some of the 'romantic' pics from the archives. There are a few 'tales' along with a sprinkling of trivia.
We start with our current captain and the lovely Mrs Lloris.
With a return to European action after the winter break we turn our attention to some European Memories, mostly from the managers and players, but a few others reflecting on some our exploits in previous years. There are tales of incredible pitch preparation, praying clowns, the bus is attacked, missing champagne and some football.
We have amongst others Gareth Bale, Michael Dawson, Keith Burkenshaw, Graham Roberts, Ray Evans Terry Dyson and of course Bill Nicholson.
Two years ago I featured some Tottenham tattoo's as a mild interest in between the more 'serious stuff.' Like a number of the subjects that Talking has tackled it led to more images arriving in the old in-box, and always good to know your out there. Anyway in the summer I complied a second set and thought that would be it! I had not planned another set thinking we must of covered every angle but if any 'different' designs turned up I'd slip them in somewhere.
Then they just kept coming. So here for your mid-week coffee break diversion one last set where put you have put your skin where the heart is.
Apart from Bill Nicholson and the twelve main players there were other people whose contribution to the double success requires acknowledging. There were five other players who made appearances during the season and the people behind the white line whose contributions ensured success.
The five players were, Frank Saul, Tony Marchi, Ken Barton, John Smith and John Hollowbread.
A quick sidetrack from the footy gossip for your midweek amusement. Following the success of the previous article we uncover several more feature films with Tottenham links.
I was aware of a couple of these but thank you, to you the readers for sending in some more. These date from the quite recent right back to the early days of cinema.
So if you’re got your choc-ices and are comfortable lets lower the lights and. action...
One of the most talented footballers to play for Tottenham but it could be said he never quite fitted into the style of play that his different managers demanded. The Telegraph called him ‘a very special footballer, a triumph over matter and skill over strength.’
Tommy the man they called Harmer the Charmer played 222 games for Spurs scoring 51 times but he will be remembered as a creator and entertainer with a magical sleight of foot.
February started with Fortress White Hart Lane being breached. Leicester would become the first side to take two points away with them and only Tottenham’s third defeat of the season. In the 29th minute City took the lead with a shot from the edge of the box. Les Allen leveled things five minutes later after a pass from Jones. City fought back and a couple of minutes later a high ball in to the box was pushed on to the Spurs crossbar and the rebound bundled home.
It will not have escaped your notice that we are about to enter the year of the Cockerel on the Chinese calendar an event that occurs every 12 years and this year it starts on 28th January.
The common belief is that Tottenham flourish during this time, so I told a quick look back at what has happened in the previous ‘Cockerel years.’
Today marks what would have been Bill Nicholson’s 98th birthday and thus a suitable opportunity to reflect on some of the many words of wisdom from the great man who helped create the Tottenham we know today.
Its interesting, no matter how much the game has changed, just how many of these have stood the test of time.
A Talking Tottenham special. We have been celebrating White Hart Lane all season and this time we see the ground through the eyes of the artists.
So if you have a few moments to take a short diversion please join us.
Welcome to the new set of 'Every picture tells a story' where we look out some Spurs related pictures from over the years which deserve another airing. So hopefully these will either be new to you or ones that you haven't seen for a while. This set ranges from last year to a hundred years ago.
With a little trivia thrown in.
Today we open the third celebrity fan box. Over the last year I’ve collected another set of ‘names’ who are believed to be Tottenham supporters, past and present, many of whom have been suggested by you the readers to join the ‘names’ featured in the two previous gatherings.
I confess my ignorance in some cases but thank you for your contributions. There is the usual mixture of thespians, musicians, politicians, sports stars and various areas of the arts.
Cecil Poynton served Tottenham for fifty years and was a key component of the clubs Double success. Spending most of his adult life with the club, first as a player, then later as trainer and finally physiotherapist.
He represented the FA and later ‘his magic hands’ also saw service for England.
Left - Cecil with Bill Nicholson.
As several previous collections of cartoons centering around Spurs have proved popular I thought you might enjoy a short diversion to examine a collection of some of the 'artistic' worlds view of Spurs across the years.
Starting with our own Christian Eriksen.
Plus a little trivia to fill in the gaps.
Following our successful series looking at the history of Tottenham's match day kits Tony Sealey now turns his attention to the games where Spurs have wore 'unique kits' for various reasons across the ages.
On FA Cup Third Round day we remember the year when the weather wreaked havoc with the sporting calendar and in particular the Cup for that season. In the coldest winter in more than 200 years the clubs and fans struggled with the chaos.
First I’m going to put a jumper on and turn the clock back to 1963 and it was snow joke being a goalkeeper.
The Gallery where we serve up another collection of great photos from across the years with a Spurs theme. This time its the FA Cup that comes into our viewfinder.
As usual I've tried to find some that you may not have seen, or at least recently, so we do tend to look back rather than more recent pictures that have been scattered across social media and the internet.
A personal assessment of the teams evolution over the last few months, its current position and their prospects as the New Year gets under way.
Feel free to comment or disagree with my choice of man of the match. There is also a message to one of the great players of recent times.
When Tottenham won the Cup in 1967 to go with third place in the table it was to cap a marvelous season that saw us playing some splendid football. From a year that carries many personal memories as I clocked up endless train/coach miles we look back at that Cup campaign that finished with our third Cup win in seven seasons.
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History of T.H.F.C.
Tribute to Bill Nicholson
The Road to Turin
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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