Monday, April 24, 2006

24th April - Spurs in History

24th April, 1963

OFK Belgrade 1 Spurs 2 European Cup Winners’ Cup Semi-Final (1st Leg)

Spurs took the lead in this tie after 25 minutes when John White volleyed home a shot after Bobby Smith had nodded down a Tony Marchi free kick. OFK equalised nine minutes before half time from the penalty spot.

Into the second half Spurs continued to attack but they lost Jimmy Greaves who was unluckily sent off after 55 minutes. Not deterred, Spurs continued to push forward and took the lead when Terry Dyson scored with twenty minutes left.

Greaves was the first Spurs player to be sent off in over 39 years. On the night, Greaves was consoled by the Spurs trainer, Cecil Poynton, who had been the last player dismissed all those years earlier.

24th April, 1965

Spurs 6 Leicester City 2

The final home game of the season and Spurs managed to maintain their unbeaten home record - 18 wins and 3 draws during the season. This was the third and most recent time they have achieved this feat - it was also completed in 1919-20 and 1932-33.

The high scoring finale came with goals from Greaves (2)(1 pen), Gilzean and Jones (3).

In contrast their away record was the worst in the division, only one win and 4 draws away from White Hart Lane. The win came at Christmas against Nottingham Forest.

24th April, 1974

Spurs 2 Lokomotiv Leipzig 0 UEFA Cup Semi-final (2nd Leg)

With a 2-1 lead from the first game Spurs the result was never really in doubt. Spurs were undefeated in all of their previous nine games in the competition during the season, scoring 27 goals and conceding 7. The goals to maintain this record were scored in the second half by Chris McGrath who returned to the team after missing the first game through injury and by martin Chivers, four minutes from time.

McGrath was having an outstanding season after making his debut in October. He scored vital goals especially in the European games when Spurs raised their game in each round.


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