The Almanac where we try and dig out a few stories and dates that might slip past us otherwise but as the season gets underway there are several really ‘must includes.’ We have some birthday boys, trophies and goals.
This being September we must start on the 5th of the month and 1882. The nearest we have to an official formation date, so happy 134th birthday Spurs.
There was trophy success in September as we start in 1902 on the 8th when we beat West Ham to win the Southern Charity Cup, the final being held over from the previous season. Then in 1971 (22nd) we beat AC Torino to win the Anglo Italian League Cup.
But first back to 1882 and the 30th possibly our first ever game (certainly the first we have a record of) and we play another local side The Radicals, we believe it was a home game as we had to purchase a ball on the day of the game. The more experienced side beat us 0-2.
Other noteworthy games from our earlier days include the 2nd (1899) as we won 3-1 at Millwall Athletic in the season we picked up the Southern League title.
Then just two days later we played Notts County (2) when White Hart Lane was officially opened. The 1st (1908) and Tottenham’s first game in the Football League is a win over Wolves (3).
The following year (11th) and we find the first Division One game and 1-1 draw with Manchester United (2).
Left - Robbie Keane in 2008
Birthday boy’s at Spurs this month include Luke McGee who recently featured for the club in Australia, Luke will be 21 on the second whilst Kieran Trippier (top) will be 26 on the 19th.
It’s that goals that count and some of those worth remembering this month is Johnny Morrison on the 2nd in 1939, he scores a hat trick at West Brom, and the next day War is declared and the result removed from the record books. Better news for Johnny on the 28th in 1935 he scored another hat trick at home to Port Vale in a 5-2 win. Les Howe got the other two that day. Sandy Brown knows how that Johnny felt his hat trick on the 15th V Chatham is removed from the records in 1900 when Chatham later resigned from the Southern League.
While in 1959 on the 12th Bobby Smith scores twice at Old Trafford in our win 5-1 which also includes Dave Mackay’s first for Spurs. On the 22nd in 2013 a first goal for the club arrives for Paulinho to give us the win at Cardiff. While back in 1957 on the 18th Alfie Stokes hits five as we beat Birmingham 7-1.
left - Mackay in 1959.
Can we play Burnley every year please? 1968 (7th) and we beat them 7-0 at home; Greaves with a hat trick and Jones with two lead the way. The 26th (2009) Robbie Keane grabs four as we beat them 5-0. While back in 1930 (1st) it was 8-0, George Cook, being the hat trick man on that occasion. George had won the Amateur Cup before turning professional and was a member of the Huddersfield team that won three league titles. He didn’t join us until he was 34 but still managed 24 goals in 67 league and cup games.
The 18th in 1993 wasn’t a good day to turn up late as Tottenham scored three times in the first eight minutes at home to Oldham. The final score is 5-0. 1994 and the 21st sees a Jurgen Klinsmann hat trick as we beat Watford in the League Cup.
Birthdays from the legends this month see’s the great Championship winning manager Arthur Rowe born on the 1st in 1906. William (Sonny) Walters was in 1924, the fifth. 1932 and Les Allen on the 4th (1937) and the 25th (1932) his Double team mate Terry Medwin enter the world. 1956 and the 27th is Steve Archibald’s day.
Right - Happy Birthday to our former half back and England international not to mention one of the best coaches in football and the manager of the back to back divisional wins in 1950 & 1951, Arthur Rowe.
Talking of birthdays in 1896 the club was six on the 5th and Harry Crump scores our first goal in our first Southern League match away to Sheppy in a 3-3 draw.
The same year on the 24th and heavy rain forces the abandonment in the game V Luton at 0-0 after 75 minutes.
On the international front the 21st in 1901 and international football comes to WHL for the first time as a team of amateur players beat a German touring team 12-0, (5). Other international opposition and in 1953 on the 29th we play the first floodlight game at WHL V Racing Club de Paris, (6) and before that in 1925 (3rd) and Real Madrid come to the Lane in the game time forgot, (4).
1973 and the 19th Pat Jennings is the man of the match, against Grasshoppers of Zurich, even if we did win 5-1. The same day in 1984 and Mark Falco scores twice as we win at Braga 3-0.
A sad day in 1904 and on the 13th. John (Bristol) Jones dies at just 29 years of age. He is sent home from training when it’s thought he has the flu, but it turns out to be typhoid. On the 20th we play a memorial match for Fred Segreant who had died at the age of 36.
Left - Bobby Smith in 1959 takes a break at the training ground.
Another game of note is on the 17th in 2005. Tottenham see manager Martin Jol sends out a team of eleven internationals (from six countries) for the first time in the game at Aston Villa. Then he sends on two more as substitutes.
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Notes – 2 – Both of these games, Notts County 1899 & Manchester United 1909, we will be featured in the next few days.
3 – See Hotspur Towers -Wolves 1908.
4 – See – Hotspur Towers - The game time forgot. http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/tottenham-mysteries-the-game-time-forgot
5 – See – Hotspur Towers - Rowels Park
6 – see- Hotspur Towers - Under the Lights http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/hotspur-towers-under-the-lights
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