This day in 1925 saw a ten goal thriller at White Hart Lane. The visitors were Huddersfield Town who had won the two previous First Division championships and would go on to retain the trophy again that season come to the Lane unbeaten.
The 1925-26 season had seen a change in the offside law. Forwards now only required two players between them and the goal rather than the previous three.
The day saw high winds and heavy rain which made controlling the ball very difficult but the sides delivered a game that was reported as being ‘the type of game that thrilled.’
Town took the lead after five minutes before Frank Osborne set up Jack Elkes (1) to level the scores. Huddersfield regained the lead in the thirteenth minute and surprisingly that was the score at half time.
Top - A Gallagher Cigarette card showing Tottenham V Huddersfield
from the 1920's. I cant confirm which visit this is taken from.
I thought you might appreciate some cuttings from the press to give a flayour of the game.
Left - The northern press concentrated on Huddersfield hanging on to their unbeaten run.
The second half saw Jimmy Dimmock curl his shot around the keeper to make it 2-2.
Tottenham then took the lead for the first time when Tommy Clay scored from a penalty, 3-2.
Huddersfield then pulled level through Billy Cook when Forster delayed his tackle. Billy later joined Tottenham (2).
The game then saw Spurs score their fourth through Frank Osborne.
Then it was 5-3 as Jack Elkes scores again and for the first time in the game a side had a two goal lead. Its worth noting that the previous season Town had not conceded more than two in any game.
As the game wore on Jimmy Seed was knocked unconscious and had to leave the field. Huddersfield threw everything at Tottenham’s ten men and Jackson pulled one back to complete his hat trick. Their last gasp equalizer making it 5-5.
The match reports again "Both defences were often overrun but this was not surprising when the abnormal pace of the game is taken into account. Taylor and Hinton were beaten five times but the goalkeeping of both men was exceptionally good." The 20.880 (3) in the ground went home having seen a game to remember.
The Spurs team that day was Hinton, Clay, Forster, Skinner, B. Smith, Grimsdell, Osborne, Seed, Lindsay, Elkes & Dimmock.
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Notes 1- Jack Elkes had started the season late as during the summer he was one of three Spurs players who had toured Australia with the FA and the tour lasted three months, two of those traveling to and fro.
2 – Billy joined Spurs in 1929 aged 34, having won the FA Amateur Cup twice before turning professional and winning three Championship medals with Town, he scored 24 goals in his two seasons with Tottenham.
3- Little surprise that various sources give different figures some as high as nearly 22,000.
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