Tottenham have competed in the Costa Del Sol Tournament held in Malaga twice. The first time was in 1965 when we won the trophy and then again the following year when we also won the trophy.
What stands out about this competition and the size of the trophy, it stands four feet high and here we see Roger Hoy, Pat Jennings and Cyril Knowles returning with it.
That first year we met Valencia in the first game and won 2-1 our goals coming from Cliff Jones early on. They would pull level from the penalty spot before a late winner from Eddie Clayton saw us through to the final. One account claims the players turned up in casual gear at the stadium to find their opponents taking part in a much formalized opening ceremony.
The following day we met Standard Liege and won the game 1-0 with Alan Mullery scoring for us midway through the first half. Tottenham were presented with a trophy that stood four foot tall and was valued at the time at over one thousand two hundred pounds.
Jimmy Greaves the captain on the day said ‘I’m not picking that thing up I’ll kill myself.’ Slightly surprised by this Spurs found they had to provide an extra seat on the plane to bring it home.
Despite Jim's words there is a picture of him and Ron Henry lifting the trophy featured in the 'Every Picture.' - http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/every-picture-set-17
The following year we returned and beat Malaga on day one by 2-1, our scorers being Mullery and Gilzean.
Then on the second day we retained the trophy by beating the Portuguese giants Benfica by the same score.
Left - Bill Nicholson with the two trophies.
Tottenham then discovered that having returned with the trophy they won the previous August last year that it was theirs to keep. They were then presented with a second trophy.
These twin trophies were on display until recently at White Hart Lane and will no doubt resurface when the new stadium and museum are ready.
The following summer the club toured Switzerland.
Left - A ticket for the 1966 event.
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