Following a football free weekend a little bonus to start the New Year. One of the items that drew a interesting feedback over the last year was some of the old newspapers stories that appeared in various places. This sent me diving back into the files to see what other little gems could be rescued and given another airing for your pleasure. No apologies for most of them being 'older' but football coverage has changed over the years and you just don't get reporting like this anymore.
As you will see from this cartoon from The Bournemouth Echo in 1909 showing Spurs having beaten Leeds City (not United) 3-1.
We start with this story that appeared in a number of publications in January 1937 – ‘it is evident that a drive against rough play has been started by the FA. The newly styled FA Disciplinary Committee had decided to inform several clubs that a caution had been recorded regarding various players including W. Alsford of Tottenham. They were advised that ‘a record had been made of the general caution issued to the players of both teams and that the clubs should impress upon their players that if another report is received against any player who took part in this match the committee when dealing with him would take into consideration the caution administered.’
Spurs can turn up in the most unexpected places, when the Bystander magazine ran a story in December 1930 discussing the new style London taxis they still managed to include this descriptive piece 'but not yet has one devised a taxi door that will open from the inside without kicking it or charging it with the expert skill of a Tottenham Hotspur center forward.'
Trouble at the old Valley ground
14th April 1936
March 1904 - Clearly a time when win bonus meant something different.
(We had just drawn away to Wednesday).
Trouble loomed with the FA in February 1924 when we are informed that Spurs had been fined five guineas for playing J. Ross an unregistered player. It seems he had been registered the previously last season but had been left off this seasons list of retained players !
As you can see the Burnley News had a photo montage for our visit in 1928 which ended 2-2.
Staying in Lancashire in the run up to the Cup Final replay in Bolton 1901 and the Bolton News ran this story with the clubs training within telescope range of each other.
Well at least the Russians like us. Well they did in 1962 as this story will confirm.
The Eastern Daily Press and in August 1904 they told their readers that "a number of notable football visitors were on holiday in Norfolk, including J.Cameron (Tottenham Hotspur and international footballer) and M.F. Cadman (Tottenham Hotspur Directorate) were both staying at Gorleston."
While the Bedfordshire Times (March 1911) tell us that Jaba Darnell (a Bedfordshire man) was presented with the 'Football Star' by the Mayor of Bedford in appreciation of his splendid work for Tottenham.
And to close this lovely gem from The Britannia magazine in 1944 and in an article entitles 'The Turret' which described a sailors first time in action we learn 'that a heated debate was carried on about the relative merits of Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield Wednesday.'
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