The Almanac - June
After the previous month which saw a number of historic dates on the pitch the quieter (playing wise) month of June sees a number of events and stories, many off the pitch. Tottenham turn up in most corners of the world and make record transfer signings. The club changes hands and there are the usual birthdays to remember as well as games and goals worth recalling.
You may have noticed that when we did the Almanac series June was absent. This wasn’t as you may have suspected at the time due to little happening but rather the technology causing a few little problems. So rather than recycle all this info into another format, here with just a minor edit we start your summer with a look back at Junes in previous years.
The month of June sees us involved in little competitive action but in 1947 we did play our league game V Barnsley at home in the latest finish to the season on the 7th. (Our previous game that year had been on May 17th), after bad weather causes delays earlier in the season and in the post war period there were still restrictions on the number of midweek matches.
Left - Ronnie Dix
Ronnie Dix scores our goal from a penalty in a 1-1 draw as we finish 6th. Eddie Jones signs from Swansea in time to make his debut. Eddie a Welsh international winger played 56 times for us, with 14 goals, before moving to Southampton as part of the deal that brought Alf Ramsey to WHL,(1).
The summer months sees Tottenham in different parts of the globe across the years, often in May or July, but some years the tours spread into June, including 1952 as we beat Manchester United 7-1 at Yankee Stadium on the 15th, having beaten them 5-0 the day before. 1957 saw us back in North America this time it was Canada and on the 5th Alf Stokes scored five times as we beat the Manitoba All Stars 12-0.
Then in 1959 (1st) we were in Russia and defeated Dynamo Kiev 2-1(2). 1965 and its Israel with a 3-1 win on the 21st over Hakoah. We turn up in Mexico in 1966 and we play the Mexico national side on the 12th as they prepare for the World Cup (3). Alan Gilzean gives Tottenham a 1-0 win.
Left - Gilzean, The King of White Hart Lane.
It was Mauritius on the 8th in 1972 and a 5-0 win over a select XI. Then in 1979 and the 4th finds us in Japan with a win over Dundee United (4).
Its 1981 in Turkey as we overcome Trabzonspor 4-0. Two years later it’s Manchester United again this time in Swaziland and its 2-0 on the 11th.
It was Australia on the 5th in 1985 as we play Brazilian side Vasco da Gama in a 1-1 draw in Adelaide. Before all that Tottenham win the last game of their South American tour in 1909 when they beat Rosario 9-0 on the 20th. Having played our one and only game in Uruguay on the 10th an 8-0 win over the Uruguayan League (5).
Despite the lack of football there is plenty of activity off the pitch. Tottenham go to the Savoy Hotel on the 3rd (1950) to celebrate winning the Second Division Championship, They return the following year on the 2nd to celebrate winning the First Division Championship and then in 1961 it’s the 3rd again as they round off winning the Double (6).
Then on the 16th (1983) the club announces its plans to be the first club to float on the Stock Market. The 20th in 1942 and World Championship Boxing comes to White Hart Lane (7). 1908 and the 29th finds Tottenham elected to the Football League after failing at the first attempt on the 17th.
The 22nd in 1991 and Alan Sugar (above) becomes the new Chairman with the club facing bankruptcy. 1937 (21st) the club announces losses of £4,851. This is blamed on the bad weather as well as spending more than twelve thousand on new players whilst money coming in from the sale of players is just over three thousand. The year before on the 30th the results show that the club has assets of £121,802, which makes the second division club the richest in the land.
1949 and the 10th sees the formation of the Spurs Supporters Club. On the 27th in 1936 Fanny Walden umpires the Test Match at Lords between England and All India. In all he stands in 11 tests.
Birthday boys this month include old boys, the first and George Robb (left) who mixed playing as an amateur and being a school teacher who was born on the first in 1926.
The 2nd (1928) saw our goalkeeper Ron Reynolds born. The 3th (1878) Vivian Woodward and on the 8th James McNaught was born in 1880. The 12th (1945) and Pat Jennings celebrates his day, (top image from 1979).
The 23th and Scottish international centre-forward Alex Young was born in 1880. His story is told in the Tottenham Murderer (8). John Pratt born on the 28th in 1948. The 26th (1877) Goalkeeper John ‘Tiny’ Joyce was born. He should not be forgotten if only for being our only goalie to score in the Football League in April 1914 in the League game V Bolton. Alan Brazil enters the world in 1959 on the 15th. Of the current lads Will Miller is 21 on the 8th
The transfer market starts to kick in and Brad Friedel arrives in 2011 (3th). On the 25th in 2008 we sign Heurelho Gomes from PSV Eindhoven. Then the 30th its Didier Zokora joining us from St. Etienne. Gary Lineker completes his move from Barcelona in 1989 on the 21st. The clubs record transfer fee is broken as Darren Bent (left) arrives from Charlton for 16.5 million on 29th in 2007.
The last day of the month sees Chris Armstrong arrive in 1995. Gus Poyet arrived from Chelsea on the 10th in 2001.
You wonder if there was any confusion as Jack Hall is signed from Manchester United on the 11th (1936) as he becomes the fourth player with the same surname at the club.
Jackie (left) played for Spurs 53 times before his career was interrupted by the Second World War.
There have been some ‘semi- competitive’ games and in 1995 we took part in the Inter Toto Cup, the 25th saw us lose in Luzerne, Switzerland, (9).
Amongst the many international events that occurred we find time to mention Steve Perryman winning his only England cap on the 2nd (1982) in Iceland. Darren Anderton scoring for Glenn Hoddle’s England in the 1998 World Cup V Columbia, on the 26th . Darren had signed for us on the 3rd in 1992. Alan Mullery is dismissed at the 1968 European Championships, the first England player ever sent off and his wife tells him he is a disgrace, (10). In 1986 (11th) Pat Jennings plays his world record 119th game for Northern Ireland.
The 25th and 1950 Alf Ramsey is the first Tottenham player to play at the World Cup finals.
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Notes – 1 – Note that is Football League proper the competition did run until the same date in 1941 during the war years.
2 - See Hotspur Towers - Russia 1959, - http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/hotspur-towers-russia-1959
3 – Flying Down to Rio 1966 - http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/flying-down-to-rio-flight-nine
4 - Around the World in 79 -
5 – Spurs in South America ---
6- These were the official banquets, the team were also their after the ‘61 Final for a celebration party.
7 – Boxing at White Hart Lane – The Ring,
8 – Tottenham Murderer. Link - http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/hotspur-towers-the-tottenham-murderer
9 – See Hotspur Towers – Inter Toto Cup. - http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/hotspur-towers-the-intertoto-cup
10 - Spurs and the Euros, 2 - http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/hotspur-towers-spurs-and-the-euros-2
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