On a warm Monday evening, 24th September 1951 League champions Tottenham won the Charity Shield at White Hart Lane defeating the FA Cup holders Newcastle.
Two days before Newcastle had lost at Charlton and stayed in London while Spurs had won 2-0 at Manchester United.
Left - Les Bennett the scorer of the winning goal.
A 5.15 pm kick off under the autumn skies and no floodlights at that time brought a crowd of just fewer than twenty eight thousand at the ground. You will note the Sunderland Echo suggests a method of improving attendances for mid week games.
At that time Floodlights had only been used in exhibition games and of course no television coverage.
Milburn gave the visitors the lead despite Spurs being on top early on. Spurs struck back and just two minutes had passed when the League Champions were level. A header from Nicholson found Bennett he in turn
played in Murphy who lifted the ball over the goalie.
Right - The plaque presented to each player.
Spurs remained the better of the two titans and manager Arthur Rowe applied pressure in the middle of the field cutting off the supply to the Northerners Danger man Milburn.
Then just before the hour mark a Spurs corner Les Medley found Bennett who headed home from six yards.
Bennett withdrew just a few minutes later leaving Tottenham with ten men. He did return late on but was clearly a passenger out on the wing. Despite being a man up it was Spurs who still looked the more likely to increase the score, Nicholson, Duquemin and Medley all going close.
Tottenham won the Shield 2-1.
That season they slipped to finish runners up and Spurs would go out of the FA Cup in the fourth round to Newcastle as they retained the trophy.
The only side to do so that century before Spurs repeated the feat ten years later.
The press reports spent more effort on considering this a trial game for the England and Football League sides to be chosen that week. However the Sunderland Echo seemed to enjoy the match.
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