During the research for this series I’ve uncovered a whole mountain of trivia. So I thought you might enjoy a quiz? Well maybe not so much a quiz as a 'quess-aramma.' Check out these questions to test your knowledge of the World Cup Finals. Remember there have been 19 competitions and 18 Finals.
The answers are at the end, no peeking till you have answered them all. Don’t worry you cant do worse than I did. So give it your best guess !
Please let us know how you did and leave a comment.
With the awards season moving into top gear, here is a quick look at some of the awards that Tottenham players have won in previous seasons. The two major awards are the Professional Footballers (PFA) and the Football Writers (FWA). There are some other minor awards and we will return to them at a later date, but if you know any please add them to the comments for inclusion.
The 1974 Finals in West Germany were graced by Holland and their ‘Total Football’ style of play. Not as beautiful as the Brazilians of four years earlier but still delightful to watch. The Final could not of started in a more dramatic form. Holland took the lead without a German player touching the ball. With a just over one minute played the Germans conceded a penalty. Given by the English referee it was the first in a Final game and Neeskens made it 1-0.
Holland were the better team and favorites but maybe they eased up and allowed West Germany back in to the contest then with a repeat from 20 years earlier fight back and win the game.
1954 and the World Cup arrives in Switzerland. Tottenham did not have any players at these finals. George Robb was named in the Preliminary squad for England but did not make the final 22. Ivan Boardis of Newcastle was in the England side and had played for us as a guest during World War2.
England had qualified having won the Home International tournament played over the previous season. Scotland as runners up also took part for the first time but would quickly depart after losing 7-0 to Uruguay.
We are now coming to the end of the season and it’s that time of year again for you to cast your votes for the 2013/2014 Supporters Club Awards as voted for by Supporters Clubs and Members of the Disabled Supporters Association and LGB&T Supporters Association.
The awards presentation will take place at the Training Centre, Enfield on Saturday 10 May 2014 and we hope to have representatives from India Spurs present.
On this trip instead of one tournament we will be looking at two different players who never met and how the World Cup affected their lives.
Both were celebrated in their home countries at the time. One of them went on to have a successful career. The other is a much sadder tale.
Arthur Rowe is the manager who led Tottenham Hotspur into the modern era, and in the process changed English football forever. His achievements are only just becoming fully recognised, partly because of the subsequent achievement of Bill Nicholson and the Double “team of the century”, and partly because of Rowe’s understated style. But Rowe’s influence on the club is immense, and arguably it was he who was the pivotal figure in shaking the English game out of its complacent insularity.
A Tottenham lad through and through, Rowe was born literally a goal kick from White Hart Lane in 1906. He signed for Spurs as a 17-year-old after playing for nursery clubs Chesgunt and Northfleet United – another product of Peter McWilliam’s vision. He went on to establish himself in the first team. As a player, Rowe was a cultured centre half, always looking to play the ball rather than hoof it upfield. He was a student of McWilliam’s approach, and when he had to retire due to injury in 1939 there was little doubt he would go into management.
This visit to the archives at Hotspur Towers is the usual blend from various eras. This visit we discover that it was 1955 that our players first took part in European Cup competition in the Inter Cities Fairs Cup.
We also look back at one of our legends currently on the training staff. As well as a quick look into the little gems tray.
1970 and the World Cup moves to Mexico. The first time the competition had been held outside of Europe or South America. The world watched in awe as Brazil, romped to another victory.
Even by Brazilian standards this team was special. One of the best sides the world has seen. The front five were Jairzinho, Pele, Gerson, Tostao and Rivelino together they created an irresistible attacking momentum which has been described by pundits as the most brilliant collection of footballers ever assembled. These Finals also has the greatest save ever.
One of the ideas that has been floated in the media was that the new White Hart Lane may also be used for American football and would involve the use of a retractable pitch. I have the suspicion that this is more journalist than fact. One major problem is with space at a premium you now have to ‘park’ the pitch outside. Would such a scheme be workable?
1966 - The Finals of Ramsey and Greaves, Peters and Pickles. The World Cup came to England but Tottenham would have little interest in the proceedings. They were in Mexico assisting with that countries preparations. England were world champions for the only time and had chosen just Jimmy Greaves. West Ham’s Martin Peters would join us later. Terry Venables then of Chelsea but joined Spurs before the tournament started was also in the 40 strong Preliminary squad but did not make the cut. England’s manager was Alf Ramsey our former defender.
The midfield maestro is as much a part of Tottenham Hotspur’s identity as the white shirt and the cockerel badge. One of the earliest exponents of the art of the playmaker at Spurs was Jimmy Seed, a player who had been written off after being gassed in the trenches of the First World War.
Born in Consent in the north east of England, Seed grew up in the coastal community of Whitburn, leaving school to work down the local coal mine. He also played for Whitburn FC in the local league, where he was picked up as a 19-year-old by Sunderland after scoring 80 goals. He continued scoring for Sunderland reserves but his career was interrupted by the war and he signed up to fight. He was drafted to France where, in the last weeks of the war, he was gassed.
On the 28th April 1951 we beat Sheffield Wednesday at White Hart Lane 1-0, to become the League Champions.
On the 17th April 1961 we beat Sheffield Wednesday at White Hart Lane 2-1, to become the League Champions !
There are a couple of other Red Letter days this month so pens and calendars at the ready.
After the successful inaugural tournament 32 countries entered for the 1934 competition held in Italy. The FIFA committee had chosen Italy over Sweden and no ballot of members was held. Uruguay the holders declined to take part as Italy was one of the countries that declined to take part four years earlier. Thus becoming the only country never to defend the trophy. The four home nations of Great Britain also declined to take part as they were not members FIFA at the time. Charles Sutcliffe, a FA committee is quoted as saying "The national associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have quite enough to do in their own International Championship (1) which seems to me a far better World Championship than the one to be staged in Rome".
Tottenham Hotspur have always had players who can light up a pitch all on their own. Jimmy Dimmock could certainly do that. One of the finest players ever to turn out in a Lilywhite shirt, Dimmock’s story would be dismissed as an unlikely fantasy if it were presented as a movie script. But this story is true.
That was what Jimmy Greaves used to say, and when he went in TV punditry it became a catchphrase. With April Fools day looming how about a quick look at the lighter side of the game.
Paul Gascoigne when he was playing for Rangers against Hibernian he spotted the referee had dropped his yellow card. Gazza picked it up went to give it back to him and then held it up as if to book him. The ref did not think it was funny and instead booked Gazza. Not sure on what grounds. Even the Hibs fans booed
When asked who is the best LB spurs has ever had , most of us will go numb or most of us certainly need time to think !!
We all know we are short of a LB from a long long time and we are constantly in search of a LB since Redknapp days .
But without UCL qualifications and Tim Sherwood at our disposal what can be our LB options for next season?? Who can we attract?? its time to assess what are the options we might end with .
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Tribute to Bill Nicholson
The Road to Turin
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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