The Almanac winds it why slowly towards the end of its run. Its where we try and discover a few dates and stories that might otherwise slip past us in the bustle of the fantasy transfer world that overtakes us at this time of year.
In July with the new season looming in to view there are a few games around the world. A few firsts and lasts along with the birthday boys. Starting this month with a few trophies won in pre-season.
Tottenham play some competitive games this month, the 1st (1995) sees Spurs record their only victory in their Intertoto Cup experience, 2-1 at Rudar Velenje. The 16th and 2005 we play a 2-2 draw with Boca Juniors in Korea as part of our successful Peace Cup campaign. Two years later and on the 28th we become the first team to win the Vodacom Challenge Trophy and take the trophy out of Africa. The game in Pretoria is a 3-0 win against Orlando Pirates. Just the next year 2009 and the 31st and we win another trophy The Premier League Asia Trophy. Again its 3-0 but the team are in Beijing.
Among the many transfers that are finalized during the month the most famous occurs on the 10th (1978) when Spurs scoop the world and sign Ossie Ardiles and Ricki Villa.
It’s a good month for Jurgen Klinsmann (left) in 1994 on the 29th he signs for Spurs, the next day he celebrates his 30th birthday whilst back in 1990 he won the World Cup on the 8th.
Others transfers include Brad Friedel in 2011 on the 1st, Gylfi Sigurdsson joins us 4th, 2012, 2007 sees Younes Kaboul sign on the 5th followed by Danny Rose (top) on the 25th.
In 2009 former Academy product Peter Crouch (below) rejoins Tottenham from Portsmouth on the 27th. The 6th (2013) sees a new club record (17 million) for Paulinho from Corinthians.
Other birthday ‘Old Boys’ celebrating this month include Graham Roberts 3rd born in 1959, 4th John Scales (1966), 8th Robbie Keane (1980).
Bill Julian who was featured in the History of Women's Football (2) born on the 10th in 1867.
1956 and the 12th saw Tony Galvin was born. The 16th and Gareth Bale was born in 1989.
1924 and Len Duquemin was born in Guernsey on the 17th.
A number of managers take the reins at Spurs as July beckons, Tresadern on the first (1935), Jacques Santini on the same day (1995) The 3rd and Andre Villas-Boas (2012) Keith Burkenshaw (1976) on the 14th. Then there’s Peter Shreeves on the 23rd (1991).
Left - Graham Roberts.
Friendly games this month and Gus Poyet scores a hat trick at Stevenage but the feat is overshadowed by the only goal for Spurs by Stefan Freund on the 13th in 2001.
2010 on the 17th we share a 0-0 with our partner club the San Jose Earthquakes.
It’s Ireland in 1993 and on the 18th it’s a 3-1 win over Drogheda United.
Back in 1984 and on the 27th we include a trialist, World Cup winner Mario Kempes (below), with a hat trick, in our 9-0 win in Stjordal Blink, Norway.
In 1952 and on the 16th Tottenham secures the Freehold on the old Brookfield’s Lane training ground for an amount in excess of £11,000.
In 1968 a sad day as on the 24th Dave Mackay is sold to Derby County.
Our game at Crystal Palace on the 31st in 2002 sees Spurs feature another trialist in our 4-0 win. Chinese player, Qu Bo.
Current boys celebrating birthday’s Danny Rose is 26 on the 2nd. The 9th and DeAndre Yedlin is 23, Mousa Demeble will be 29 on the 16th. Whilst Harry Kane turns 23 on the 28th.
Sadly in 1964 on the 21st John White is killed whilst playing Golf. In 1918 on the 9th Finlay Weir (29th.) is killed in action and World War One claims another victim on the 20th in the same year as Ed Lightfoot (28th).
Fifty years ago and on the 11th the World Cup starts with a 0-0 at Wembley as Jimmy Greaves plays for England.
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