Saturday, April 29, 2006

29th April - Spurs in History

29th April, 1978

Southampton 0 Spurs 0 (2nd Division)

The conclusion to the 2nd Division was very close. On the final Saturday both Souhampton and Spurs needed a point to ensure promotion at Brighton’s expense. The match was an extremely tense and nail-biting affair. There were many dramatic moments and Southampton could have scored on a number of occasions but Spurs held on for the point they needed.

Spurs finished third claiming the final promotion place, two points behind Bolton, a point behind Southampton and level on points with Brighton. However, Spurs were promoted thanks to a superior goal difference. Spurs were top scorers in the division and their goal difference was nine goals better than Brighton’s, the exact score by which they had defeated Bristol Rovers, the previous October.

The Directors had shown faith in manager, Keith Burkinshaw (Pic: Keith Burkinshaw). In his first season in charge in 1976-77, the club had been relegated for the first time in 26 years but they gave him the opportunity to restore the club to the top flight and he responded and went on to bring further success to the club.

Team: Daines, Naylor, Holmes, Hoddle, McAllister, Perryman, Pratt, McNab, Jones, Duncan (Armstrong), Taylor.

29th April, 1967

Nottingham Forest 1 Spurs 2 FA Cup Semi-Final at Hillsborough

The teams who were to finish second and third met to decide which club would reach the FA Cup Final at Wembley to meet the winners of the other semi-final, Chelsea or Leeds United. Spurs had held the upper hand in the two League games earlier in the season, winning 2-1 at White Hart Lane and drawing 1-1 at Forest.

Forest went into the game without their key player, Joe Baker, injured in the previous round but for the first half hour they dominated the game until Jimmy Greaves struck. Greaves loved playing against Forest as he scored more of his goals against them than any other club. And so it proved on this day - a clearance from England was flicked on by Gilzean to Greaves who put Spurs ahead. Forest attacked constantly but with fifteen minutes left, Frank Saul scored Spurs' second and although Forest pulled one back it was only a consolation goal.

Spurs were in their third FA Cup Final at Wembley in seven years, where they would participate in the first all London final against Chelsea.

29th April, 1899

Spurs 3 Woolwich Arsenal 2 (at Northumberland Park)

A record attendance of nearly 14,000 crammed into Spurs' home ground, Northumberland Park, for this victory over Woolwich Arsenal in the United League. The ground was only suitable for half that number and when a number of spectators climbed onto a refreshments bar, it collapsed causing numerous injuries.

Having won the games, the club realised that the ground was too small and took steps to find a new venue. This resulted in Tottenham Hotspur moving to its current world famous home at White Hart Lane.

Spurs last win on this day was in 1989 against Millwall at The Den. A hat-trick from Paul Stewart and goals from Paul Walsh and Vinny Samways gave Spurs a resounding 5-0 win.

The last match played on this day was in 2000 when a goal from Stephen Clemence gave Spurs a 1-1 draw at home to Derby County. In 1995 a Jurgen Klinsmann goal brought Spurs a point from Highbury in a 1-1 draw.


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