Every Picture Tells A Story
Over the years thousands of pictures of Spurs and its players have appeared in various magazines, newspapers and more recently been reproduced across endless internet sites. In this series I’ve tried to locate some of the great and unusual pictures from over the years that have not featured as often as they might have done. As well as where possible looking a little into the story behind the picture.
This top picture is action from the North London derby at White Hart lane. Our Kasey Keller looks on whilst Henry is denied. Keller was with us from 2001-05. In that time he played in two of those derbies at home, December 2002 and April 2003, both games ending in a draw
The next picture is the great Jimmy Greaves. The day this appeared in the newspaper was the day I learnt what the expression ‘Panic attack’ meant.
Suddenly without warning seeing your not just best player but one of the best in the country and the deadest striker ever in another clubs shirt!
Jimmy was actually at an England training camp and they were assembled at the old Liverpool training ground.
The paper informed us that the host club had provided kit for the players to use.
Jimmy of course scored 44 goals for his country in just 57 games and that does not include any penalties.
Another photo I remember from the time was this one with some of the boys turning their hands to being Italian waiters. I seem to remember (but could be wrong) that this taken at a charity event rather than a Christmas party or whatever. Our singing stars are Tony Marchi, Danny Blanchflower and Ted Ditchburn. That would place the event between December 1954 and July 1957. Tony, real name Anthony Vittorio Marchi, may have been born in Edmonton but you wont be surprised to learn he had Italian ancestry. He later moved to Italy but returned for a second spell at Spurs and played in the European Cup Winners Cup final in 1963.
With that competition in mind, this next photo is the first of two to feature the Tottenham faithful. This one dates back to Halloween night 1962.
Tottenham are playing Glasgow Rangers at White Hart Lane in the European Cup Winners Cup.
That night we won 5-2 and of course would progress and win the final, with Tony Marchi and Danny Blanchflower from the previous picture in the side.
Note the home made rosette.
Another Tottenham player who did well in European competition is currently our top scorer in European action is Jermain Defoe.
Here he is as a shy 11 year old registering for his local side.
There are certainly a few links behind the photo below. The caption says Corinthians V Tottenham and is dated 1902. We met three times in that calendar year. The ground looks like the old Leyton ground.
The only time we played them away in that period was November 15th. Copeland twice and Kirwan gave us a 3-1 win. The team that day was Clawley, Erentz, Tait, C.Brown, Morris, McNaught, JL Jones, Gilhooley, Cameron, Woodward, Copeland and Kirwan and was played in front of 4,000 fans. It looks like the ref is taking up position at the back post.
The Corinthians were strictly amateur and apart from the Dewar Shield (1) played earlier that year they did not play any competitive game until the 1920’s when they finally entered the FA Cup.
They did however tour all around the world. I’ve read (that means I cant prove it) that on one of their early they included a game against a newly formed Real Madrid (2). So impressed were the Madrid side that they adopted the all-white strip that the Corinthians wore in the game that they adopted it as their colours. Then coming full circle, when the European Cup was first played (3) Real won it five times in a row. Then when Bill Nicholson went to see them play, he was so impressed with how they looked under the floodlights he decided that Spurs would do the same in their floodlit European games.
Next up and another picture I remember from the time. The TV is showing Tottenham V Burnley in the FA Cup final 1962.
The chap sitting in his north London home watching is one Jimmy Dimmock. Jimmy was lived all his life in Edmonton and was a true Tottenham legend and ’pin up boy’ of the time.
Jimmy played over 400 games and scored more than a hundred goals for the club (4).
He will be best remembered however for scoring the only goal in the cup final 41 years earlier when Spurs won the trophy beating Wolves (5).
The last picture in this set is another to feature the FA Cup. This one shows the Tottenham fans that have traveled to Torquay in 1965.
The third round game finishes 3-3. Alan Gilzean scores twice and Maurice Norman 1. The crowd that day was recorded as 20,000.
More than 55,000 see the replay and Spurs win 5-1. The man we started with Jimmy Greaves strikes a hat trick, Gilzean and Jimmy Robertson add one each.
Greaves also hit a hat trick in the next round as we beat Ipswich 5-0.
These images originally appeared on my Facebook page over the last few weeks. A set is currently being prepared.
t- Keith 16024542
f- peter shearman (old non de plume)
Notes - 1 - Spurs and the Charity Shield
2 - Talking Tottenham – The match day experience
3 - The First Europeans.
4 - The 100 club
5 - Roaring 20’s
12/9/2015 04:41:44 pm
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