Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Spurs in History - 20th September

20th September, 1961

Spurs 8 Gornik Zabrze 1
European Cup Preliminary Round (2nd Leg)

The 'Double' winners first European experience had resulted in a 4-2 defeat in Poland.

Two goals down from the 1st Leg Spurs appeared to have an uphill struggle to progress to the next round. However, with the crowd behind them and the famous ‘Tottenham Roar’ to terrify the opposition, Spurs quickly set about correcting the disappointment of the first game.

Spurs hit the bar in the first minute, scored with a Blanchflower penalty after nine minutes and then Cliff Jones terrorised the Gornik defence with a seventeen minute hat-trick before half-time. Gornik had scored but Spurs were 4-1 ahead on the night, 6-5 on aggregate. Bobby Smith scored at the end of the first half and again in the second half. The scoring was completed with goals from Terry Dyson and John White.

The start of Spurs ‘Glory! Glory!’ nights of European football at White Hart Lane.

A ground ticket to watch this entertainment would have cost you 4/- (4 shillings = 20p).

20th September, 1967

Hajduk Split 0 Spurs 2

European Cup Winners' Cup 1st Round (1st Leg)

Having won the FA Cup by beating Chelsea at Wembley the previous May, Spurs return to European competition for the first time in four years was in the European Cup Winners' Cup competition that the club had won in 1963.

They won this 1st leg by two goals scored by Jimmy Robertson and Jimmy Greaves. The team showed one change from the successful Cup winning team - Phil Beal replaced captain Dave Mackay who was injured. This two goal lead gave them a comfortable lead for the return game at White Hart Lane.


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