The third set of this popular series came to an end this week. It’s where we take a look back at various images from across the years that deserve another outing rather than the usual suspects that are scattered across endless media sites.
This time around we had a loose theme of bad weather. This top image shows the lads being prepared back in November 1938 as we find Fred Sargent, Willie Hall and Vic Buckingham taking their Flu gaggles.
We actually started the set in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Its back to the early 1950’s and when the lads attended a Royal Garden Party.
Here we see them displaying their skills. Len (the Duke) Duquemin is heading the ball.
Next up and it’s the 1921 Cup Final. A report from the game describes the scene
as “Rain during this match turned the pitch into a lake and the match into a poor spectacle. The pitch was transformed into a quagmire and the teams could play little football on such a surface. Players tried in vain to play good football, but they either slipped over in the mud or had the ball stick in the mud.”
Well at least the puddles marked the edge of the mud.
The bad weather continues and this time it’s the dropping temperature overnight that is the problem.
It goes down to minus four but the fans still queue for tickets starting at midnight before the ticket office opens when we face Southampton in the Cup at the start of 1948.
This well dressed fan is Howard Kidman. He has borrowed his mum’s coat and boots; we don’t know if she knew.
Was it worth it? Well Tottenham did win 1-0.
Shifting back to the 1950’s here as the officials undertake a pitch inspection, it’s there under the water, before the Leeds United match in 1954.
After the first game had been drawn 3-3 the replay at the Lane saw Tottenham win with a Les Bennett goal.
Included during the run was this picture which marked the passing of lifelong Tottenham fan Warren Mitchell. Warren was a well educated and a distinguished actor. He will however be remembered for playing a bigoted West Ham fan on TV and in film. Here he is in character at Upton Park having lost a bet with his souse son in law. His character arriving home mid-morning the day after England won the World Cup was asked where have you been too this time and he replied ‘they played extra time.’ When he was asked what was his perfect day he replied along the lines of spending in in the garden with his family and popping out long enough to watch Spurs thrash Arsenal 6-0.
In searching out this series I try and find some real ‘old’e’ images. This time around we find ourselves at Norwich’s old Nest ground. Our reverses are seen in action and the picture dates back to the early 1900’s.
Sorry can’t be more precise. If you were at that match do let us know any more information.
More weather woes and its back to The Lane here and we find the ground-staff in 1925 forking the pitch in an attempt to drain the surface water.
Finally this time around to finish on a happier note and once again we find ourselves in the 1950’s. Our intrepid ground staff (below) have borrowed a stretcher from the St John Ambulance and are displaying the recently won League trophy to the faithful.
Set number four is currently in production and will appear at first on Facebook, with tasters on twitter, quite soon. Then the completed set with appear here. Any thoughts, suggestions or better still if you have some amazing pics do get in contact. Remember we are looking for any images connected to the club and its players but they need to be ones that are not already being scattered across endless sites and media if possible. Otherwise just keep a check on the links below for the first sighting. Until then ….
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