Saskatchewan F.A. 1 Spurs 18 (Friendly)
Having finished second in the 1st Division, Totenham set off on a month long tour of ten games in North America. Most of the games would be against local opposition in Canada but there would be two games against Manchester United, one in New York, who had finished the season as champions of the Football League, four points ahead of Spurs.
In the first game, Spurs had defeated Toronto 7-0 but the second game of the tour threw up this record score.
Conflicting details of the scorers and half-time score exist but Spurs official handbook for 1952-53 states that as Spurs were 14-0 ahead at half-time, the teams exchanged goalkeepers and Ted Ditchburn’s display ensured that Spurs only scored four in the second half.
In other records, Sid McClellan is credited with scoring nine goals, Les Bennett (3), Len Duquemin (2), Dennis Uphill (2) and Chris Adams (2), although these don’t match the statistics and account given in the Handbook.
With the standard of the local opposition, it is not surprising that Spurs won the games against the Canadian teams, with ease but it is surprising but pleasing to note that they also defeated Manchester United with two big scores - 5-0 in Toronto and 7-1 in New York .