Throughout the last season Tottenham played at White Hart Lane we placed milestones along the way recalling events to celebrate the stadiums amazing history, ranging from the end of the 19th century through to those last days. Here we reach part 3 of those collected snapshots in time.
So long long ago in a football stadium far far away…..
10th September 1932 - We beat Manchester United 6-1 in a Division 2 game, George Hunt and Willie Evans lead the way with a brace apiece.
10th September 1988 Paul Gascoigne on his home debut immediately wins the fans hearts when he loses his boot but scores with his stocking foot at home to Arsenal, (top pic).
As the season starts we can expect lots of "firsts" and the next day the 11th September and amazingly there are three Milestones in the same game today, in 1909. Having won promotion in our first season in the Football League the first Division One game sees us entertain Manchester United in a game that ended 2-2. On the same day the new West Stand is opened and both our goals are penalties from Bobby Steel, our first in the Football League, (1).
The 11th also sees in 1965, Ray Low become our first substitute used in the League when he replaces Derek Posse in the game at WHL V Arsenal.
Sadly 1974 and Tottenham exit from the League Cup at home to Middlesborough will be Bill Nicholson’s last game in charge although he does not officially step down until the 13th.
Also on the 11th, 1982, It’s a debut for Ally Dick at 16 and still hasn’t signed pro forms and the becomes the youngest to represent Spurs
The 14th 1936, Johnny Morrison (left) scored four V Bradford Park Avenue as we win 5-1. What’s even more remarkable is the following month we entertained played Bradford City.
We won 5-1 again but Johnny only managed three that day.
14th in 1940 and the game with Chelsea is held up when the air raid sirens start. The game restarts 80 minutes later. The attendance is just 1,622 and they see Spurs win 3-2 Ward and Ludford gets 2 for Spurs.
15th September 1900 – Have a thought for Sandy Brown. He scores a hat trick as we win 5-0 at home to Chatham in the Southern League, Then later in the season they withdraw from the competition and the goals and result are expunged from the record books.
16th September 1899 – Along the Lane and the next Milestone we reach is the first reserve game at WHL. Tottenham beat Commercial Athletic 6-2.
September 16th, 1970 and Martin Chivers scores his first hat trick at The Lane.
(he had one away before this) as we beat Dunfermline in the Texaco Cup,(2).
18th Sept 1958 -Alf Stokes scores five as we hit Birmingham 7-1 in a Division One game.
19th September 1925 saw an amazing 5-5 home draw with Huddersfield Town as Jack Elkes hits two, (3).
Right - Scenes after the Gornik game.
20th September 1961 – The first competitive game in a European competition is played. The European Cup tie V Gornik sees Spurs win 8-1. Tottenham’s first hat trick in Europe comes from Cliff Jones and he manages it in just 17 first half minutes (4).
21st September 1901 – The first international game is played at WHL. A touring team of amateur players from the Germany Association met a team of English amateurs. The England Amateur team was not officially formed until 1906. The English side ran out 12-0 winners.
Left - The Germans take the pitch.
22nd September 1951 - a bit of a squeeze as 70,882 are at the Lane. The largest recorded gate for a Division One game is for the visit of Manchester United.
22nd September 1934 -and the official opening of the famous East Stand which contained the famous Shelf at the game with Aston Villa. Watch out for the next part of our celebration of WHL on Saturday.
Two more milestones today and Tottenham win the Anglo Italian League Cup beating Torino. Martin Chivers and Alan Gilzean are on target for Spurs.
While back in 1913 we beat Metrogas 12-2 in the London Challenge Cup (some sources say it was 11-2).
23rd September 1922 - And we reach the game V Arsenal which the press labeled a ‘Discreditable exhibition’ and saw both clubs appear before the FA, (6).
Left - Jimmy Seed, Bert Bliss and Alex Linsey arriving at the FA disciplinary hearing.
To finish on a high note - 24th Sept 1951 Tottenham hosted the Charity shield in a game V Newcastle last season's Cup winners. Tottenham won 2-1, (7).
Below right - Bill Nicholson leads the way on the training pitch.
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Notes - 1 - http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/hotspur-towers-manchester-united-1909
2 - http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/hotspur-towers-the-texaco-cup
3 - This match is featured in - http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/september-19th-2016
7- Planned to be the subject of a 'mini-read-bite' in the coming weeks.
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