Saturday, March 04, 2006

4th March - Spurs in History

Sunderland 0 Spurs 4 Premier League

Steffan Iversen Hat-trick
Spurs' season under Gerry Francis was inconsistent and mediocre. Out of the Cup, they hadn't won since a home win over Blackburn at the end of January and were slipping towards the relegation zone.  However, Steffan Iversen had his moment and helped Spurs to an easy win with three goals. The other goal came from Allan Neilsen.

Probably not the highlight of his time at Spurs, that being reserved for his goal in the Semi -Final win over Wimbledon and his assist in the Final of Worthington Cup in 1999, but one of his better moments.

This result helped ease the relegation fears and set the team on a run of five games with only one defeat. The final weeks of the season were poor, taking only 4 points from the last six games but they somehow managed to finish 10th.

Not a great day for Spurs:
1961 - Sunderland 1 Spurs 1 FA Cup 6th Round
Spurs' quest for the 'Double' nearly came to grief in this game at Roker Park as Sunderland tested Spurs to the limit.  Sunderland were in the 2nd Division and the atmosphere at Roker Park was extraordinary.  Cliff Jones gave Spurs the lead after nine minutes with a header from a partially cleared corner.   The rest of the half was tranquil but Smith hit the post just before halftime.

In the second half, however, Sunderland were transformed and forced Spurs to defend.  The 61,236 crowd awoke and roared their team to an equaliser.  Weaker teams would have succumbed but Blanchflower galvanized the team which held out for the replay.

The replay at White Hart Lane, four days later, went according to script with Spurs winning by 5 - 0, Les Allen, Bobby Smith, Terry Dyson (2), Dave Mackay provided the goals.

1987 - Spurs 1 Arsenal 2 LC Semi-final Replay - losing at home to Arsenal in last moments of the game, the only time they were ahead over the three games.  Disappointment for Clive Allen who had scored the three goals Spurs managed in the three semi-final matches.

1992 - Feyenoord 1 Spurs 0 ECWC 3rd Round 1st Leg
A mistake from Paul Allen gave Feyenoord the advantage in this tie.  Former Spur, Johnny Metgod organised the home defence to deny Spurs any scoring opportunities and managed to do the same in the secong leg at White Hart Lane.   Spurs European adventure was over once more.

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