Scotland has provided more players for Tottenham than any other country outside England and a bountiful set of connections. In the last of the series we remember the third, and last time we met a Scottish club in European action. We also look back more than a century to only the second time we ever met a Scottish club and our manager was one of their old boys. We then remember John Duncan (left) from the seventies and a few of the first Scots to feature for the Spurs.
The third and latest time we met Scottish opposition in Europe was as recently as 2011/12. Having previously overcome Glasgow Rangers (1) and Aberdeen (2). We were drawn away to Hearts in the play-off round of the Europa League.
The first leg in Edinburgh saw Tottenham ease to a comfortable victory. Van Der Vaart, Defoe, Livermore, Bale and Lennon giving us a 5-0 away win. The second leg a week later was a drab 0-0 affair which saw us comfortably through to the group stage.
James Bauchop (below) was already a Scottish international when he signed for us in 1913. He scored 6 goals in just ten games before moving to Bradford. Before him David Black was also an international when he signed for Spurs back in 1897. He had scored in the FA Cup final for Wolves the year before and played for us in the Southern and Western leagues. In 56 games he netted 25 times. On the other hand William Bann joined us in 1923 he was with the club 7 years and in that time made just 12 appearances. James Davidson signed for us in 1897 and struck 15 goals in 46 matches before moving to join the newly formed Brighton United club.
A striker from a much more recent era is John Duncan who was the first signing made by manager Terry Neil. He was called up for international duty and made the bench on two occasions before he even made his league debut. He later scored both goals for the Scottish League in a game with the Football League, before joining us from Dundee. Not known for working hard outside the box he was a natural striker. In a 120 appearances for Tottenham he struck 62 times. He was forced to give up playing with recurring back problems.
After our first encounter with Scottish opposition, Hearts in 1901, (3) we next faced Queens Park (5) for the only time in our history on April 6th 1902. Queens Park had traveled down to London to play the other great amateur club Corinthians (4). Two thousand were in White Hart Lane to see Tottenham win 1-0, the goal coming from J. Burton. Our manager at the time was John Cameron (6) an ex-Queens Park man.
Tom Collins was born in 1882 playing for Hearts and East Fife he joined Spurs in 1910 for £825. The full back played 122 games for us scoring once. He won just one international cap to go with two Scottish League appearances. In World War One he lost an arm and a leg.
I will close this series, although there may possibly be additions at a later date if enough material presents itself. This was the introduction to John Cameron’s book Association Football and how to play it.-
Then strip, lads! and to it though sharp be the weather, And if by mischance you should happen to fall, There are worse things in life than a tumble in heather, And life is itself but a game of football.
That was written by Sir Walter Scott. Cameron then points out in the first paragraph ‘Football is really supposed to be a Scottish game, but it was in England that a proper Association with defined rules was first started.’
If you know any Scottish connections not included in this series please let us know.
In addition to the Connections – Scotland series, you may like to visit – Hotspur Towers – The Coronation Cup, The World Club Championship, The Anglo-Scottish Floodlight Cup, Glasgow Rangers, Hibernian, as well as Bill Brown and John White Remembered,
Notes -1 – Hotspur Towers – Glasgow Rangers
2- Connection s- Scotland 3
3 – Part one,
4 – Spurs and the Charity Shield,
5 – Although this is the only time we have met Queens Park, whose home ground lies next to the Hampden Park Stadium, you will have heard of them as they featured in both our history of the FA Cup and the Flying Down to Rio series looking at the World Cup.
6 – Hotspur Towers - John Cameron.
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