Several people were kind enough to comment on the recent 'papers' and earlier articles and asked if there was any more. Thus I have looked through the files and selected some stories that may shed some light into the inner workings of Spurs and football over the years rather than match days that may just assume, shock and entertain you.
Rumblings in the Board Room, players wages, Televised games (well half of it) and the refs cop an earful!
February 1st 1910, and we are assured that the weekends game will go ahead - "In view of next Saturday's Cup tie between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, a large quantity of straw was yesterday taken to Stamford Bridge and this will be laid on the playing pitch if there is an any time during the next few days any indication of the return of frost.' Spurs won the game with the only goal from Percy Humphries.
There appears there was some unrest amongst the faithful in the summer of 1913 as this report from the clubs AGM suggests.
The club had finished the season with just three teams below them, but that included Chelsea and Arsenal.
Moving forward to July 1951 and how were the players who won the clubs first league title rewarded. This clipping from the Coventry Telegraph (July) suggests that discussions were underway.
The Barnet Press - November 1894 tells us that Bob Simpson and Tom Purdie have been selected to play for North Middlesex League against the Woolwich League the following week. Both men only only played a handful of games for Spurs.
It was the Daily Mirror in 1939 that broke the heart warming tale below.
The Globe paper, in May 1920, gave its considered view of how Tottenham would do upon their return to the first division the following season. They seem to think the fans are quite protective of their club.
Which brings us to that top headline and the story that followed it. The Globe again and this time December 1920. The interview with Pat McWilliam (real name Peter but was referred to a lot as Pat) includes "The long distance referee is a blot that should be erased from first class football. He frustrates more than those dull witted players we hear so much about."
McWilliam described as 'a trim figure who stands in the background but pulls the strings to help team from victory to victory' continued.
"The objectionable ‘long distance’ referee is the lackadaisical individual who makes hairs breath decisions forty or fifty yards behind the actual play. These culprits have often a comprehensive knowledge of the game and intend to be fair but they will not keep fit enough to follow the actual play."
And for those of you not happy with their TV Coverage the Sketch in October 1955 informs us that we were offered 'A double event of considerable interest.' The early part of the evening we were treated to the 'London V Prague' athletics meeting at the White City. This was shown on the BBC and Associated Television. After which the BBC would go to the Boxing, Britain V The USSR. Whilst the independent channel would show the second half of 'the football struggle between Vasas, the Budapest club side and Tottenham Hotspur. And struggle it was as the Hungarians won 1-2!
Good news if your going to the game at Coventry (1948) refreshments will be available,
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