Planet Spurs has gathered together a few more Tottenham tales which might otherwise escape your attention, which would be a shame. They are presented in roughly the order they emerge from the files.
This time around I include a lion tamer, shenanigans at the BBC, the future of football on TV and the club sending an 'emphatic protest' to the FA.
In March 1924 the Tottenham Magistrates Court heard a case where a man had won the affections of local lass by pretending to be Tottenham player Charlie Walters. Then when she became pregnant he deserted her and it was at this point she discovered the deception.
A team picture with a difference, Taken during the clubs tour of France in 1947.
On top- Les Stevens, Arthur Willis
lower - Ronnie Dix, Cyril Trailor, Ron Burgess, Les Duquemin and George Foreman.
The Everton programme for our match in March 1967 carried an article from the editor of the Liverpool Echo on the future of TV and football. He talked about the forthcoming meeting to decide if the League should allow live TV coverage of games. He felt that to do so would be a detriment to the game and attendances would drop. He felt up to 75% of clubs would suffer and the TV money would not be enough to make up the loss. Of course (he wrote) that it would not affect the Mersey-side clubs where support reaches the highest pitch in the country. He claimed that even a live Division One game shown on Thursday evenings would stop supporters of clubs in the lower divisions going to watch their own clubs the following weekend because of the contrast in class and skills. He felt we should just have the highlights on two games each week, one on a Saturday night and the other Sunday afternoon.
Oh this was the same programme that managed to spell England International Alan Mullery’s name wrong in the lineup, yep those were the days. (We won 1-0, with a Greaves goal).
The Club write to the FA in 1939 (left) explaining why the FA Cup semi final shouldn't take place at Highbury.
In the game Portsmouth beat Huddersfield 2-1 and then won the final.
The day of the semi also saw Spurs playing Swansea at WHL, winning 3-0. The crowd that day was 17,478.
It looks like Spurs had a right to complain as the home game before that was Manchester City (27,426) and the following match was Plymouth (33,621).
Can you image games at both stadiums being allowed these days.
England test cricketer Ian Botham, tells a story that in hindsight becomes rather sad. He was appearing on TV’s Question of Sport with Paul Gascoigne as his teammate and before the programme was recorded Ian told Gazza that Advocat was non-alcoholic and plied him with the drink. Gazza quickly became ‘under the weather.’ They lost that evening.
A story from our earliest days on the Marshes reported by the press at the time and during the 1886/87 season one week a team arrived and one of their players only had one arm.
The Spurs lads in the early part of the game were reluctant to tackle him but this changed when he was found to be one of the visitor’s best players.
The next clipping comes from September 16th 1916.
A number of papers carried this report about one of our great players Tom Morris and the worrying news from the war front.
I've chosen this from the Midland Daily Telegraph as I thought you might enjoy the news item directly below the news of Tom.
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