Sunday, April 16, 2006

16th April - Spurs in History

16th April, 1966

A collector's Item - One Chance Only. Northampton Town had their one season at top - promoted and relegated in successive seasons.

Spurs 1 Northampton Town 1 (1st Division)

This is the only occasion the two clubs have met in League football. Northampton were the surprise team promoted the previous May and life was difficult for them in the 1st Division. They were relegated in 21st position, missing safety by two points. Spurs won at Northampton (2-0) earlier in the season but could only manage a draw at White Hart Lane as Town scrapped to avoid the drop. Spurs' goal was scored by Jimmy Greaves from a penalty.

The clubs have met in both Cup competitions.

Were you at White Hart Lane 40 years ago today?

16th April, 1965

Spurs 5 Blackburn Rovers 2

This was the first of Spurs three Easter games played over four days. Spurs maintained their unbeated home run with a convincing victory over rovers who were inly a few places behind Spurs in the League table. Spurs supporters were getting used ti these high scoring games having seen their team score 14 goals in their previous three wins at White Hart Lane.

The goals came from the 'G'- partnership - Greaves and Gilzean. Jimmy scored twice while Alan completed his hat-trick.

The remaining easter fixtures were not as pleasing - as Spurs continued their Jekyl and Hyde season, with only one away win, losing at Sheffield Wednesday and in the return at Blackburn on Easter Monday.

16th April, 1900

Spurs 3 Sheppey United 0

In their non-League days, Spurs played in the Southern League for twelve seasons. Season 1899 – 1900 was the only time that they finished as Champions. On two occasions they were runners-up and on two further years they finished third. The victory over Sheppey in the penultimate game of the season, ensured they had won the League. The goals were scored by Hyde, Pratt and Kirwan and the team contained six of the players who were to be part of the Cup winning team in the following season.

16th April, 2005

Liverpooll 2 Spurs 2

This day will be remembered for Eric Edman's goal from 40 yards which gave Spurs the lead at Anfield. It was his only goal for the club but will be one that will be long remembered.

Spurs gave the soon to be Champions League winners a good game and showed the progress that they had made in a short time under Martin Jol, being able to come to Anfield and make a game of it. Liverpool equalised before half-time but Robbie Keane put them ahead again before the home side equalised again. Michael Dawson made an impressive debut for Spurs.


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