Today, as its St Andrew’s day, we acknowledge the nine men with a Tottenham connection who have been inducted into the Scottish Hall of Fame.
The Hall is part of their National Museum and can be found at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Please note their inclusion is for their careers and contribution to Scottish Football. It may not necessarily reflect their time at Spurs.
Jack Tresadern took over as Spurs manager on July 1st 1935 following Percy Smiths departure and Wally Hardinge’s brief spell as caretaker. Jack was seen as a ‘promising young manager’ who had done well at Northampton and Crystal Palace and it was hoped would lead Spurs back to Division One.
Tresadern the former England player (just the one cap) is best remembered however for being the captain of West Ham at the 1923 Cup Final, (1). He was in charge at Spurs for three seasons, finishing 5th, 10th and 5th again.
Left - Jack right with trainer George Hardy.
The next part of our salute to White Hart Lane over the years finds us behind the scenes.
We remember a pitch invasion, a few more non-Spurs games and a quote from a future pillar of Tottenham’s history recalls his first days at the ground. Some more great images from across the years oh and some dustbin lids!
In our third look at how the press have drawn Tottenham over the years. We range from 1901 to the present day as our cartoonists find the funny ans serious side of life.
We start with one of the most famous Spurs cartoons. Whilst it comes from September 1901 and the new season it refers back to the end of the previous year.
Miss Evening Miss is saying "Well done Tottenham Cockspur. Keep up your present form and the cup will not leave London yet awhile. Don't forget you are the "Pride of the South."
The Europa League campaign of 2011/12 had produced divided opinion amongst Tottenham supporters. After the Champions League season the year before many saw the Europa League as a non-event and something that would distract the side from their attempts to return to the top table the next season. Others felt that we were in Europe and should attempt to win the trophy.
Its the advertising break where we look back at some of the endeavours of the club and the players over the years. In this third assortment there are some interesting commercials showing how that industry has also changed over time.
We start with one from the club and its back to the late eighties and early nineties. The Spurs Line was a pre-recorded daily news update on a premium phone line fans could ring as an alternative to wild gossipy stories. Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker are on the line here.
When Tottenham beat Newcastle 7-0 on the way to the league title it wasn’t so much the score it was the magnificent performance that had the fans and the wider soccer world sitting up and taking notice.
When Newcastle arrived at WHL on November 18th they were second in the table and the visitors would go on to win the FA Cup that season.
They had lost just one of their nine previous away games, conceding eight goals.
Tottenham however swept them aside that day.
For European games, between 1983 and 1985, Le Coq Sportif, produced an all-white home kit of a similar design, but on both of the home and away shirts the club crest and manufacturers logo were placed back on the left and right breast respectively, with the smaller Holsten logo still being used in televised and European matches till 1986.
A special little celebration here today at Hotspur Towers so we are in party mood, well yes everyday is a party here. Talking which started three years ago has finally reached its century. Who would of thought we would still be here, who knew there was so much twaddle out there. So a change of tempo for this edition. Grab a plate and join us while we have a slice of cake.
One of the highlights of last season, judging by the responses, was when Tony Sealey offered to produce a history of Tottenham kits over the years.
Tony is one of the most knowledgeable Spurs fans on this subject and he took us from 1882 - 1976.
Which left a number of people asking if he could continue the story. I'm delighted he has found time to take the story the next step to 1995, (1).
In this latest look back at White Hart Lane over the years we find another representative match played here and the strange manner of how one of our custodians parted company with the club. There is also the sad tale of when The Lane was fenced. And some rather strange antics along the Touchline along with the usual images from across the years.
On the 2nd November we played our rearranged game at home to Cardiff. Not one of our better games and the feeling of many of our fans was we were lucky to win that night. Cardiff took the lead after twenty and Spurs were level in the 35th minute. Medwin took a throw in and found Mackay who in turn found Dyson to head home, cue the Dyson ‘war dance,’ as his goal celebration was dubbed, arms raised as he bounced on the spot.
Gallery where we draw together a series of linked photo's from across the years celebrating various aspects of Tottenham's history. Some you will know, some hopefully will be new to you. This time around we look back at Spurs in European action.
Starting with Eric Dier V Dortmurd.
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