What The Papers Said - 5
Keeping an eye on how the press have reported Spurs over the years and this time around we start with the front page and a story we covered in the series on the Double and the crowds for the Sunderland game.
There is a story of what one of our team did on holiday. Bill Nicholson on the war path and an opponent takes to the mountains as well as some transfer gossip.
Dukla Prague used their midwinter break before their meeting with Spurs that same winter, to send their players off to the mountains to toughen them up. The course included mountaineering and skiing.
The European Cup clash saw Dukla win the first leg 0-1 but Spurs turned the tie around in the return.
The Daily Express (May 1919) the end of the war and the new season beckoned, their readers were kept up to date with "It is expected that by July the Spurs’ ground at White Hart Lane will have resumed its pre-war appearance. The huge workshops erected by munition firms are being rapidly dismantled. The playing pitch has not been interfered with and will require little improvement. Most of the old Hotspur players have already been signed on, and it is hoped shortly to announce the signing on of several well-known footballers. Fresh talents will be introduced in the Tottenham team which oppose the Arsenal at Highbury on Saturday next, for which date a charity match has been arranged. A first-class left back is needed."
Talking of looking forward to the new season the club had been working hard on the stadium and the press told the supporters in August 1920 'we find the new terracing of the eastern side of the enclosure will give extra accommodation for 2000 spectators and all undercover.
The players took thinks a little easier as in Feb. 1923 a report from the Professional Footballers Billiards Championship 'Jack Little (Crystal Palace) beat Jimmy Ross (Tottenham Hotspur) in the final by 30 points.
Left - The Sportsmail 2009
In other transfer news Dec 21st 1896 and we hear H. Wright, the best outside right in South London playing for Royal Ordnance (and scoring the winner V Spurs) was approached by Tottenham after being favourably mentioned in the press.
He declined the offer to join Tottenham as he wished to remain an amateur.
The Barnet Press carried reports of the Spurs reserve side who played their games at Marriotts Field as the Northumberland Park pitch was in demand by the first team several times during the week.
We close this group of stories with this tale of the Medwin's on holiday (1961) at Butlin's in Bognor.
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