Monday, April 17, 2006

17th April - Spurs in History

Tottenham Hotspur - CHAMPIONS
17th April, 1961

Spurs 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1

A Monday evening game at White Hart Lane against their closest rivals for the title, was the setting for this game. Wednesday had been the first team to beat them earlier in the season but Spurs had marched on and were now nearing the final glory.

With all that was at stake, it was an exciting and tense match. Wednesday went ahead after thirty minutes. With three minutes of the half remaining Spurs equalised through Bobby Smith. One minute later they were ahead when Les Allen scored. The second half was a tough affair but when the final whistle blew, Spurs were Champions for the second time in their history.

Pandemonium broke out around White Hart Lane as the fans rushed onto the pitch. They chanted, “We want Danny!” and refused to leave until until the Captain led the players out to acknowledge their cheers.

Team: Brown; Baker, Henry; Blanchflower, Norman, Mackay; Jones, White, Smith, Allen, Dyson.

Ten years earlier, a win over Wednesday at White Hart Lane had brought Spurs first League win - (28th April, 1951).

17th April, 1999

Spurs 1 Nottingham Forest 0

Spurs last win on this day came through a Steffan Iversen goal. Another poor season, with George Graham having taken over from Christian gross, little more than 25,000 saw this win.

17th April, 2001

Spurs 0 Chelsea 3

Glenn Hoddle's first League defeat as manager of Spurs. They had won their previous League games against Bradford City and coming from two down to win at Sunderland. Spurs were hit by injuries and Chelsea had an easy win over a young team and looked as if they could score at will.

17th April, 2004

Bolton 2 Spurs 0

David Pleat had been in temporasry charge for most of the season, folowing the departure of Glenn Hoddle in September. This was a very poor performance from a team who were not completely safe from relegation. This was Spurs' sixth game without a win, gaining only one point from eighteen.

17th April, 1995

Spurs 1 Norwich 0

Teddy Sheringham's gaol was enough to give Spurs the three points against Norwich who were in an unsuccessful fight against relegation.

17th April, 1993

Spurs 4 Oldham Athletic 1

Spurs finished the season in mid-table while Oldham in their first season in the top flight avoided relegation on goal difference. Spurs' win came from two penalties scored by Teddy Sheringham and goals from Andy Turner and Darren Anderton.


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