The Almanac winds it why slowly towards the end of its run. Its where we try and discover a few dates and stories that might otherwise slip past us in the bustle of the fantasy transfer world that overtakes us at this time of year.
In July with the new season looming in to view there are a few games around the world. A few firsts and lasts along with the birthday boys. Starting this month with a few trophies won in pre-season.
In Every Picture we try and bring you some Spurs related images that you may not have seen for a while and deserve another run out rather than the same usual suspects that always appear. The series has its first run on Facebook and Twitter before congregating here when complete.
This set started during the build up to this summers European Championships. Thus the theme for this set carries an international flavour.
Every Picture is the series where we look to dig out a collection of various Spurs linked images from across the years that I think deserve an airing. Some you may have seen but hopefully not too recently.
Thus the series does tend to avoid more recent photos as they are more likely to have been scattered across endless social media. If you have any that fit into that category do get in touch.
There have been Tottenham links or mentions to a number of motion pictures over the years, many of which were mentioned in the old Talking Tottenham. Now with the long summer looming ahead here for the first time I’ve gathered them together for your perusal and added a few more.
We have to start with the best footie based films ever made. So pleased it was based around Tottenham. The wonderful “Those Glory Glory Days”.
In the last part of our French Connection we have the first Frenchman to win International honours whilst at Tottenham, the one that has played for two different countries, our most recent European encounter, some more links at international level and a few more Frenchmen who swapped their homeland for N17.
There are a number of incomplete stories in our history or where the accounts contradict each other.
Tottenham have rocked the footballing world at various times over the years with great transfer swoops.
This time in the Tottenham Mysteries we look back at when the club signed one of the top international goalkeepers of the time.
Or did they?
With five Spurs men involved with England in this summer’s major tournament this latest look at what connections the England national side has to Tottenham explores the national teams shootouts that have occurred at the European Championships. Then we uncover the Tottenham lads included in the England Hall of Fame. Can you name all eighteen players and managers?
Then we find Tottenham at the center of the action when England met ‘The Rest.’ There is also a quick look at what happened with Spurs and the national side either side of the Second World War.
England manager Terry Venables with Paul Gascoigne in 1994.
In the third part of our look at the connections between the hosts of this summers European Championships and Tottenham we discover the European game where they played with twelve men and when the French national side came to White Hart Lane.
There is also some Frenchmen who won their Spurs both past and Present.
A flying Welsh wizard normally found on the right winger but he could play across the forward line. In his last season before joining Spurs he had played center forward and been Swansea’s top scorer.
Terry was the first Spur to score at the World Cup Finals when he scored the winning goal in a first round playoff match V Hungary in 1958. He won 27 international caps at Spurs with six goals to add the three caps from his Swansea days.
Terry, an ex-schoolboy international, had joined Spurs from Swansea City in 1956 for £25,000 and made his debut on the opening day of the 56/57 season scoring the first two goals of his sixteen goals that season in 39 games as we finished runners up in the League
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In this part of our look at the links between the club and France. There is the international player who went on strike, a friendly played in secret, another European encounter and some more links at international level. As well as a couple of mysteries to solve.
Our second meeting with Olympique Lyonnais in Europe came in 2012-13, when we met in the Europa League at the round of 32 stage. It was Gareth Bale with two of his free kick specials that led to both our goals as we won the first leg at
The European Championships will be played out in France this summer. The connections between that country and Spurs stretch from Hugh Lloris back to the clubs earliest days.
They include a rather surprising (and another first for Spurs) transfer. Some meetings in European competition and a friendly held in secret.
We also discover why David Ginola is unique and there is a game that ‘Lit up the Lane.’
In the final part of our look back at Tottenham’s connections with the European Championships and the previous competitions we find there was limited Tottenham interest in the 13th Championships which was held in Austria and Switzerland. They had beaten six other applicants to play host, including a joint Scotland / Republic of Ireland bid. The qualifying teams were divided into seven groups of up to eight teams each, a far cry from the qualifying competitions in the early tournaments. The top two in each qualified and there would be no play-offs.
Our series looking back at Tottenham links to previous European Championships reaches the 2000 and 2004 tournaments. Spain and Austria both bid to hold the championships in 2000 but UEFA instead awarded the competition over two countries for the first time, Belgium and Holland. 49 teams were divided into nine groups the winners and the best runners up would qualify with the other group runners up entering a Play-Off round.
To indicate how the Tottenham links have changed over the years we had no players in the Welsh or Northern Ireland sides. We did however have Allan Nielsen (Denmark) and Ramon Vega (Switzerland) face each other in the same group as Wales.
Johnny Brooks Joined Tottenham in 1953 from Reading for just three thousand pounds plus two of our players making the reverse trip as Arthur Rowe looked to rebuild the side that had won the Championship.
Johnny took a while to force his way into the team but finally did so two years later and became the main creative force at the time. Described as a naturally gifted player, those who saw him play say he had an amazing body swerve, a powerful shot and a great dribbling ability which could mesmerize defenders.
Terry Venables once said of Brooks ‘an idol who processed a brilliant body swerve.’
As the song of the time said, ‘Football is coming home’ as the European Championships were held in England, only the second major tournament to be held in the country, the other being the 1966 World Cup.
Both times the England manger was a former Spurs player, first Alf Ramsey and then Terry Venables. The tenth running of the championship saw the number of teams increased at the finals to sixteen.
A record forty seven teams entered. This was because the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia had all broken up and now formed a total of eleven new countries.
In part 5 of the story looking at the clubs connections to the European Championships we cover the 1988 and 1992 tournaments and discover how the 1992 tournament was won by a team that failed to even to qualify for the finals.
Before that the 1988 competition saw England use five Spurs players this time around during qualifying and all together in one of the games. We also had players in the Scottish, Belgium and Republic of Ireland teams.
England was again one of the top seeds and started their campaign with a home game with Northern Ireland having been drawn with them in the previous qualifying competition.
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