Welcome to the latest Planet Spurs where we try and dig out some stories you otherwise would not have come across as a short diversion before the weekend action commences. In this issue we discover the team that come to Tottenham as they deserved a holiday. We also reveal the danger to the game from armchair fans and as this edition is planned to appear just before out first clash with Huddersfield since 1972 I’ve slipped a couple of Terrier stories into the mix along with some great pics.
Terry faced what many thought an impossible task when he was appointed Tottenham manager to succeed the legendary Bill Nicholson, in September 1974. His only managerial experience had been four years at Division Two Hull City. Where he had finished in mid-table, with a win ratio of 35%. He was not helped by the fact that he was a former captain of Arsenal.
Tottenham have competed in the Costa Del Sol Tournament held in Malaga twice. The first time was in 1965 when we won the trophy and then again the following year when we also won the trophy.
What stands out about this competition and the size of the trophy, it stands four feet high and here we see Roger Hoy, Pat Jennings and Cyril Knowles returning with it.
To help you through your Sunday how about another trip down to the toy shop with a little trivia thrown in. This is the fifth (!) Toy special and quite possibly the last, but every time I think I've finished the inbox proves me wrong. Always lovely to hear from you.
In the meantime enjoy both a little diversion and the weekend.
I was asked if I could do a 'read bite' on programmes, and the previous articles seemed to go down well. Being always happy to oblige the reader I then delved through the files before I wondered if you'd like something on 'Pirates.' Not a subject that I am too 'hot on' but this is what I came up with. Anyone having any other pics or info please feel free to pass it on.
Pirates have been around as long as official programmes and they were plentiful in the sixties, I remember regular warnings appearing in the official version across the years. They continue to thrive it seems as this one from 2011 demonstrates.
Alan Gilzean started at Dundee as an amateur and turned professional soon afterwards. While he was with them he won the Scottish League (1962) and they reached the European Cup semi-final the following season and were runners up in the Scottish Cup the next. Bill Nicholson brought him to Spurs to form the G-Men with Greaves, to replace Bobby Smith in December 1964 for £72,500.
The series that ran last season on social media now drawn together to celebrate White Hart Lane and its vital part in out clubs history. The events at the ground that helped shape the club we know today.
This time we have goal galore, a Prime Minister, some memorable meetings with Arsenal and a player that would never play for us again. As well as a few Christmases to remember.
The next in our brief looks at some League Cup ties worth recalling takes us back just a few years to the visit of Hull City in the 4th Round to White Hart Lane in October 2013 which produced a game few watching will forget as the game after two frustrating hours went to a penalty shootout.
As we head into another weekend Planet Spurs pulls together for your enjoyment some of those stories from the Club’s past that you might otherwise slip past you This time around there is the tour that the FA banned. We remember a couple more occasions when Spurs fell foul of the Law and there is the question of shirt numbers.
The next set of milestones along The Lane as we gather together the snapshots in time from last seasons series which ran on social media celebrating White Hart Lane and its wonderful history.
This time we have more records, international visitors, benefits and floodlight failures.
Alexander (Sandy) Brown was only with Spurs two seasons but in that period he wrote himself a special place in our club’s history and there is little doubt that the achievements of himself and his team mates helped change the clubs destiny.
Sandy was born in the same Scottish mining village as his Cup winning teammate Sandy Tait, he first played in his local side and earned the nickname the ‘Glenbuck Goalgetter.’
“The Prime Minister will be aware that there are two great football clubs in North London, Tottenham Hotspur and Enfield Town.”
Over the years Tottenham Hotspur has been mentioned in Parliament sometimes relating to football but they also popped up in debates on a wealth of subjects including international fishing disputes, river pollution, union strikes and water meters.
Every Picture the series where we track down some more Spurs related pictures that deserve another viewing. This set ranges across the last hundred years and three continents as we embrace European action, Glory and snowball fights.
Left - The high flying Jose Dominguez, the Portuguese player spent three years at Spurs scoring four times in forty five games. Standing just five foot five made it easier to take off.
Talking Tottenham where we concentrate on the non-footy fan side of the great World of Hotspur which serves as a little diversion from all that exciting stuff. So as we emerge from an international break I thought you might like a little selection (a sampler if you prefer) of what you may have been missing, with chunks of trivia slipped in. Don't worry Spurs are back in action soon.
Sonny Walters, one of the members of the side that won Second and First division titles back to back in the early fifties.
Sonny fitted in well to Rowe’s push and run side of the early 1950’s with his blistering pace and a fierce shot he would link up well with Ramsey and Nicholson down the right and created chances for his teammates as well as finishing many himself.
As the club celebrates its 135th birthday we look back at Spurs at the beginning of the twentieth century when before the use of cameras become common place at games newspapers had artists to illustrate the action for their readers.
The FA Cup triumph of 1901 would dominate the first days of the Edwardian's. That magnificent achievement will come under the microscope later, today we cover the 'everyday' action of the team.
Planet Spurs has gathered together a few more Tottenham tales which might otherwise escape your attention, which would be a shame. They are presented in roughly the order they emerge from the files.
This time around I include a lion tamer, shenanigans at the BBC, the future of football on TV and the club sending an 'emphatic protest' to the FA.
Another set of pictures which deserve another trot out for your delight collected together here to help you through the international break. This set ranges from the current players back to the 1920's and we find out lads at work and at play.
The 20's would have seen the magic sponge, these days its in a can as Victor Wanyama discovers.
Flying Down to Rio
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