Saturday, April 22, 2006

22nd April - Spurs in History

22nd April, 1978

Spurs 2 Sunderland 3 (2nd Division)

Tottenham wwere endeavouring to gain promotion from the 2nd Division at the first attempt but It was getting very close for the three promotion spots at the top of the table. Earlier in the season, Spurs had been sitting quite comfortably but now four teams, Bolton, Southampton, Brighton and Spurs were in pursuit of promotion.

In their two previous games Spurs had overcome Bolton at home but lost away to Brighton and were sitting in second place.

However, this result put another dent in the Spurs promotion bid and created additional anxiety and uncertainty among the players and the supporters.

Spurs had taken the lead within 30 seconds through Peter Taylor but Sunderland equalised before half time and went 3-1 up midway through the second half. Spurs tried to retrieve the situation and scored through John Duncan who was returning from injury, but it wasn’t enough.

The pressure was on with two games remaining - at home to Hull City in mid-week and away to promotion rivals, Southampton, in a week's time.

22nd April, 1944

Arsenal 3 Spurs 3 (Football League South)

This away war-time fixture was actually played at White Hart Lane and did not have as much significance as today's meeting but I would certainly take that result, although could my nerves hold up to a six-goal thriller. The goals were scored by Ron Burgess, Pat Beasley (war-time guest player) and Frank O'Donnell (war-time guest) .

22nd April, 2000

Spurs 2 Wimbledon 0

The last win on this day was courtesy of goals from Chris Armstrong and Darren Anderton.

22nd April, 1967

Southampton 0 Spurs 1

An Alan Gilzean (Pic: Scorer of last away winning goal on this day) goal gave Spurs victory at The Dell, their last away win on this day.


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