Hotspur Towers - Choirs of Angels
This season we have been celebrating White Hart Lanes glorious history. That magnificent cathedral of sport, described as an amphitheater where great dramas have been played out. We previously looked at the Tottenham fans over the years who have breathed life into the ground. Here is a second collection of images from across the years paying tribute to those lilywhite fans who follow their team bearing their colours for all to see.
To start us off two pictures of the Spurs fan at the 1921 cup final. Whilst that top image is the 'Angels.' who first appeared at the Gornik game in the European Cup in 1961.
Another cup final and 1981 and Dale Mitchell dyed his hair blue and white before queuing for six hours for his ticket.
Below left two young ladies, I would guess from the early sixties, looks like they are enjoying ticket queuing, or are they waiting for an away coach?
Above right two more ladies. 'Gert & Daisy" is a reference to a female comedy duo of the late 50's era. I asked someone years back about these sisters, 'oh yes, they were always there, very knowledgeable and loved the game.'
You could be lucky -
The Sporting Times in September 1928 ran this competition. Taken at Tottenham. If you were the face in the crowd you just presented yourself to their offices with a copy of the paper and had to prove that it was in fact you circled and you won a guinea.
Another of the joys of following Spurs around the country in the sixties and seventies was the football special train.
This pic form 1969 shows the police presence to ensure the hooligans did not wreak the train.
Which wasn't completely unknown.
Another part of football that has disappeared is that when following Spurs you need a sense of humour and above left a banner from the early eighties. On the right a more serious one. At the end of the game on the day we were relegated the fans had a message for the rest of division one. We were, winning promotion the following season.
August 28th 1933. Judging from the handkerchiefs on heads I suspect it was a hot day.
Bank Holiday Monday and Wolves were beaten 4-0 in the first home game of the season. Well you cant take the family to the seaside it would be crowded!
O'Callaghan and Hunt got two each as Tottenham would finish third in Division One.
Away at Bournemouth 1957 in the cup. Police check for forged tickets.
Those were the days when you never traveled without sandwiches, a rattle and a totem pole.
August again this time 1935 and the gates leading to the West Stand are open as Spurs play Newcastle.
Below - 1962 again and the best way to spend a Sunday when a big game was coming up was queuing for tickets which spread around the ground. This is for the Benfica game.
Some people think the 'Angels' only appeared at European games. Here they are at Plymouth in January 1962 for the Cup game which we won on the way to retaining the trophy that season.
Thanks to Green on Green the Plymouth website for this pic. Thanks also to everyone who has sent in various pics and memories over the year.
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