The Almanac finally reaches October and we look back at some big anniversaries and some stories that might otherwise slip past us. There is a mixture of birthdays, boxing, goals that counted and some that didn’t, as well as Spurs acting badly. We have visitors from North and South America as well as Hull.
We have games to remember and some to forget but we start with birthday boy Michel Vorm who turns 33 on the 20th.
Some goals of note this month. The 1st October in 2006 Danny Murphy scores the winner V Portsmouth with less than a minute to play. The 2nd in 2004 Noe Pamarot scores the only goal of his Spurs career as we win at Everton. 2011 and the 23th sees Rafael van der Vaart score twice in our win at Blackburn.
There were hat tricks in 1968 with Jimmy Greaves (below) getting his in a 3-2 win over Leicester one of them is an amazing solo effort where he picks the ball up on the half way line. Another was in 1901 on the 26th as Sandy Brown achieves it in an 8-1 win as we beat Watford. While on the 10th (1959) As we 5-1 at home to Wolves, Bobby Smith snatches four of them.
We have featured in two 4-4 draws with Arsenal during October’s, the first in 1963 on the 15th as they score twice late on at Highbury.
The 29th in 2008 and the score is repeated when its Spurs who score late in a game which sees both Gallas and Adebayor score for Arsenal.
A game to forget maybe falls on the 19th in 2008 we lose at Stoke 1-2 as we see both Bale and Dawson sent off.
Some birthdays for former players this month starts on the 1st 1962 sees both Nico Classen and Paul Walsh born.
The next day sees Alf Day born in 1907.
Alf would win one welsh cap and that came before his Spurs debut.
1982 and its Jermain Defoe on the 8th.
On the 12th we welcomed Ledley King in 1980.
The 24th (1921) Ted Ditchburn is born while the 27th is Glenn Hoddles (right) birthday (1957) .
A special mention for Bill Brown (left) who was born in 1931 on the 8th.
India Spurs nominated him for admission to the Scottish Hall of Fame and on the 26th in 2014 he joined that select band.
A couple more games to remember and way back in 1885 on the 3rd. our win 4-3 at Silesia College is thought to be the first we play under the name Tottenham Hotspur.
The 5th in 1918 sees us win at Highbury beating Chelsea 2-1 in the Wartime competition.
A few firsts and on the 4th in 1919 as Jimmy Dimmock, local boy and Tottenham legend made his Spurs debut at Lincoln City in a Division Two game that ends 1-1 in the season we will finish top of the league.
Another first falls in 2011 on the 2nd when Kyle Walker (right) scores his first Spurs goal and Arsenal are beaten 2-1.
Another first goes to Darren Anderton, his first goal on the 7th (1992) sees us beat Brentford in the League Cup. Finally another debut goal goes to Mbulelo Mabizela in 2003 on the 19th.
Another day we try to forget and on the 5th in 1922 The FA inquiry finds our half-back Bert Smith guilty of using “filthy language” banning him for a month after the game with Arsenal.
See – Hotspur Towers – Discreditable exhibition.
27th in 1928 sees Cecil Poynton (left) becomes the first Spurs player to be sent off in a league game when he goes in the game at Stoke. Poynton was with Tottenham for more than 50 years.
The news wasn’t quite so bad 13th 1883 we win 6-1 at home to Evelyn.
It should have been seven but one goal was disputed.
The 24th 1987 and as the team return from Nottingham forest Frank Bruno meets Joe Burgner in the boxing ring at WHL –
see - Hotspur Towers – The Ring.
The 17th (1972) Jimmy Greaves stages his testimonial against Feyenoord in front of 45,799. Jimmy scores but everyone in the ground sees he is way off-side.
Feyenoord again and the 19th in 1983 the UEFA Cup game sees us win 4-2 in the first leg Galvin (above) and Archibald grab two each.
2002 on the 17th the Tottenham Tribute Trust is launched with a game against DC United. Watch out for the full story. Left David Ginola V DC United.
Another night to remember was 2013 and on the 30th Hull City takes us to a penalty shootout in the League Cup at WHL before we progress. Below - The players celebrate the shoot out result.
Some other cup stories that might slip past us back in 1894 our Amateur Cup game V Old Harrovians is a 7-0 win on the 20th. 1912 (21st) Crystal Palace are overcome by 2-0 in the London FA Charity Cup. But the game is replayed when it is realized Jimmy Cantrell wasn’t properly registered and we are knocked out. 1983 (26th) Lincoln City beat us in the League Cup but we go through on aggregate.
2012 0n the 28th our first win at Southamptons new St Mary s ground Bale and Dempsey scoring in a 2-1 win. And talking of Southampton 1951 on the 1st. the first competitive game played in England under floodlights sees our reserves win at the Dell.
The 30th in 1917 our goalkeeper and England international Fred Griffiths is killed in action at Passendale during World War One. 1909 and on the 23rd the game at Preston is our first Division One fixture to be abandoned, rain. The score stood at 0-0.
2004 and on the 23rd. The great Bill Nicholson passes away.
1957 and on the 23rd Bill took his team to Basel in Switzerland where Spurs beat their national side 5-4, Bobby Smith hitting four and Dave Dunmore the other.
The 1st and in 2007 Tottenham mark the clubs 125th birthday when they draw 4-4 at home to Aston Villa. (picture above).
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