Monday, October 30, 2006

Spurs in History - 30th October

30th October, 1972

Spurs 2 Middlesbrough 1(aet) League Cup 3rd Round (2nd Replay)

In the days before European football demanded central place in the football calendar, there were no penalty shoot-outs and Cup ties went to second and third replays as required. In this tie Spurs had drawn the first game 1-1 with Boro at Ayresome Park through a goal from Jimmy Pearce. The replay at White Hart Lane, the following week, had been scoreless so a third game was required.

Spurs won the toss to be at home and the game was played on a Monday evening, 34 years ago today. It was another very close affair with Martin Peters scoring for Spurs in normal time. However, with the score at 1-1, extra time was required and Alan Gilzean scored the goal to take Spurs in to the next round and a home game against Millwall which was played two nights later.

In the space of five days, Spurs had defeated Manchester United at Old Trafford (4-1), defeated Middlesbrough (2-1 after extra time) and then overcame Millwall (2-0). Nine of the players played in all three games and they earned a point at Birmingham the following Saturday.

This was a very successful campaign for Spurs as they went on to defeat Norwich at Wembley to win the League Cup trophy for the second time in three years, the first club to win it twice.

30th October, 1985

Spurs 4 Orient 0 Milk Cup 2nd Round (2nd Leg)

The first leg had been played at Brisbane Road on 23rd Septmeber when Spurs had suffered an embarassing 0-2 defeat against 4th Division opponents.

The secong leg was scheduled for a fortnight later but had to be postponed due to civil unrest in the Tottenham area. When it was played, over a fortnight later, Spurs overturned their two goal deficit and went into the next round with a 4-2 aggregate.

Spurs goals were scored by Graham Roberts (2), Tony Galvin, Chris Waddle.

Spurs erratic form saw them beat Wimbledon in the next round but lose in the fourth round in a second replay to 2nd Division, Portsmouth.

30th October, 1976

Spurs 3 Everton 3 (1st Division)

In their relegation season Spurs earned a point when they shared six goals with Everton.

Spurs' shortcomings were clear for all to see - in defence, they had conceded 8 goals at Derby, 4 at WBA, while the strikers were failing to make any impression - many of their goals being scored from midfield or defenders.

Again, against Everton they were unable to prevent the opposition scoring so the three goals that Don McAllister, Keith Osgood (p) and John Pratt scored only earned them a point. Pratt had scored the first with McAllister adding the second, while Osgood's penalty late in the second half gave Spurs a 3-1 lead. Unfortunately, Everton rallied to to take a point by scoring two goals in the closing minutes.

In the next game Spurs again scored three goals but they were unable to prevent West Ham from scoring 5.

30th October, 1897

Spurs 7 2nd Coldstream Guards 0 FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round

Spurs fourth season in the FA Cup saw them record their highest score in the competition, to date. Spurs were now establishing themselves in the Southern League but progress in the FA Cup was limited. This game was originally an away tie but was changed by mutual consent and played at Spurs' Northumberland Park ground. A crowd of 4,000 watched Spurs progress to a home game against their old rivals, Luton Town whom they had met in each of their previous seasons in the competition.

Spurs goals were scored by Sandy Hall, Harry Crump, Tom Meade (2), Bill Joyce, Bob Stormont and David Black.


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