When I launched the Tottenham Mysteries a year ago one of the first stories we looked at was ‘The Game Time Forgot’ and Real Madrid’s visit to White Hart Lane in 1925. Responses came from three different continents and from some very well known names in the World of Hotspur. The question in this follow up article however is ‘are we any closer to the answer?
If you didn’t read the original article last year you might consider revisiting the original article before proceeding and it can be found at.
One of the people also seeking answers was Jonathan Brewster (fans of the classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace will recognize the alias). Jonathan (the name he writes under for a Real Madrid blog), supplied some useful news cuttings and some photos from the Spanish press who were following the tour. The UK press seem to have largely ignored it but there again Real Madrid at the time as you will see from the first article were not ‘over newsworthy.’ I was able to supply him in return with a couple of pieces from regional papers above other games on their tour.
Below - The Real Madrid side at White Hart Lane.
Remember this was back when Spurs were not in the habit of entertaining the international press and errors, misunderstandings and language barriers may well have ruled the day. Five different Spanish papers reported the game, I will refer to just three here as the other two were in agreement. They all provided the Madrid line up and all are in total agreement. When it came to the Spurs lineup, two of them are feasible, but very different. The third seems to have suffered a language barrier and some of the names mean very little to me. Anyone out there with details of our reserves around that time please feel free to get in touch.
The two ‘possible’ line ups are, in El Imparcial - Hinton, Clay, Richardson, Grimsdell, White, Brown, Dimmock, Handley, Lindsay, Lane and Osborne.
While the paper - El Sol, comes up with – Kaine, Bann, Richardson, Lowe, Walters, White, Barnett, Knott, Lane, Handley and Townley.
Whichever or a combination of both this would appear to be stronger than the mostly reserve players I originally thought were involved. I feel we must not give over much credence to the Spanish reports, remembering that this fixture does not appear in any database of our first team friendlies.
In the first article I revealed what I had uncovered (I hope) about the scorers. Once again the Spanish press seems to have their own variations. Again they agree on the Real scorers but when it comes to Spurs! At least they all agree it was 4-2 and the order and (roughly) the timings.
Above left - Jimmy Townley - scoring at the Paxton / Edmonton End.
right - Townley.
My ‘English’ diggings suggested the Spurs goals were –
1st – Finning (9 mins), 2nd – Perry (25), 3rd Knott (?), 4th – Unknown (?)
El Imparical claim – 1st – Handley (8), 2nd – Lindsay (30), 3rd and 4th unknown.
El Sol – Lane (7), 2nd – Handley (25) 3rd – Townley (40) and 4th Knott (?)
La Libertad, the third paper with the 'doubt able' line-up gives the scorers as
1st and 4th – Brams, 2nd – Perry, 3rd – Finnings (40).
You will note, that despite the confusion over the lineups, possibly written down by asking someone sitting close by, this third paper does agree with the first thought re scorers and they are absent from the line ups in the other two papers. The game was played on a Thursday afternoon and two days later we beat Manchester City at home in a league game.
Top pic- Arthur Grimsdell before kick off.
Is the mystery now a little clearer, well maybe a little.
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