Thursday, March 16, 2006

16th March - Spurs in History

16th March, 1985
Liverpool 0 Spurs 1

Garth Crooks
Before Spurs recent local difficulty with Chelsea, there was Liverpool at Anfield. As commentators still love to remind us, before this win in 1985, Spurs had failed to win at Anfield since before the sinking of the Titanic.

In the week prior to this game Spurs had lost at home to Manchester United so were not in the best of form for such a game.  Their prospects did not look good and with Spurs record at Anfield the odds were stacked heavily in favour of Liverpool.

However, the team showed much resilience throughout and took the game to Liverpool.  Midway through the second half (70th minute) came the defining moment. Mark Falco charged down a Liverpool clearance, ignored calls for hand ball he played the ball to Micky Hazard whose shot was blocked by the Liverpool goalkeeper, Grobbellaar. The ball ran to Garth Crooks who scored to end one of the longest records in football.

Team: Clemence, Thomas, Hughton, Roberts, Miller, Perryman, Chiedozie (Hazard), Falco, Galvin, Hoddle, Crooks.

For the record:

16th March, 1912
Liverpool 1 Spurs 2

Ironically, Spurs previous victory at Anfield had also been on 16th March.  Spurs goals came from Ernie Numan and Thomas Mason.

Little did they know that it would be 73 years before Spurs would record another win at Anfield.


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