Planet Spurs where we try and find a few stories that otherwise slip past you. This time around the 'Law story' involves the famous Blind Beggar gang.
There is a fashion show, a carnival and the future of football on TV. Not to mention another team picture you havent seen before.
Some games are said to have a carnival atmosphere well the game that supplies the team picture certainly did. October 1920 and the Spurs reserves side played the Bedford Carnival team in front of a crowd of two thousand where ‘Spurs played an attractive game throughout, their passing was a work of art, as was their individual play.'
The Hotspur team, in a variety of socks, was French, Foster, Brown, Ross, McDonald, Skinner, Lorrimer, Sage, Rodgers, O,Donnell and Chipperfield.
Another Tottenham and the Law story – It was at the Villa game of February 1904 and detectives followed members of the ‘Blind Beggar gang’ of pickpockets through the crowd and then arrested six of them (one got away) at the public house which they used as a meeting place and gave them their name.
Now and then - left Georges-Kevin Nkoudou V Bournemouth this season. Right - Bobby Smith V Newcastle '56.
Having cast shadow on the character of Hans Segers in a recent 'Planet' its should be noted in Nov '88 he walked the 'cat walk' at a Vogue fundraising event for charity. The compare that night was John Scales.
June 1998 and Swiss International Ramon Vega had problems joining up with his international teammates.
Thieves had broken into his home and amongst other things stole his passport. An emergency one was quickly issued.
June 1952 and the House of Lords debates the broadcasting of sport. Television is coming along so fast, there are urgent questions about the question of broadcasting sport that must be addressed. The press claims at that time there was ‘an extremely precarious legal basis because there was no copyright in sporting spectacles.’ Indeed we are told if the BBC were to erect a stand outside the ground and film the game using long range cameras without permission it would be within its legal rights.
During the debate Lord Morrison, (President of THFC), when he was choosing his title he toyed with the idea of being Lord Hotspur of Tottenham, says he was aware the sports promoters were suspicious of the broadcasters. He suggested one way out would be for the BBC to pay a realistic fee into a fund for distribution among the smaller clubs. He believed the BBC and sports promoters would come to a satisfactory agreement once the copyright agreements were established.
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