Tuesday, March 28, 2006

28th March - Spurs in History

28th March, 1998

Crystal Palace 1 Spurs 3 (Premiership)

Spurs had struggled for most of the season, first under Gerry Francis and then Christian Gross. Relegation was a distinct possibility but this win against fellow strugglers, Palace, went some way to help the situation. The goals were scored by Nicola Berti, Jurgen Klinsmann and Chris Armstrong.

However, it was only in the final games of the season that Spurs eventually were assured of their survival in the Premiership.

Also on this Day:

28th March, 1901

Spurs 3 Reading 0 FA Cup 3rd Round Replay

The only two non-League clubs left in the Cup had contested a close game in the first match. Spurs were fortunate to survive as they should have conceded a penalty in the closing minutes. The Spurs goalkeeper, Clawley, saw a speculative shot drop over his heasd and seemed destined for the net when full back, Sandy Tate, rushed back and punched the ball clear. The only people in the ground who didn't think it was a penalty were the referee and the linesman. Spurs survived but the incident was talked about for years.

So to the replay, Spurs were in dominant form and actually scored five times, although two were ruled out. Centre forward, Sandy Brown scored twice, bringing his total for the competition to eight and maintain his record of scoring in every round. The third goal was scored by David Copeland.

In the semi-final Spurs would meet West Bromwich Albion.

28th March 1936

Spurs 8 Southampton 0 (2nd Division)

Only 28,907 spectators were at White Hart Lane for the match against Southampton whereas many of the other games that season had attracted crowds of over 50,000.

Spurs very easy win came about with goals from Joe Meek (3) in his second game for the club, George Hunt (3)(1 pen), Willie Evans (2)


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