Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Spurs in History - 31st October

31st October, 1962
Spurs 5 Glasgow Rangers 2 European Cup Winners’ Cup 1st Round (1st Leg)
Spurs second European started against Glasgow Rangers and this England/Scotland clash gave Spurs a comfortable lead to take to the second leg at Ibrox Park.
John White, a Scottish International, (Pic: John White and Maurice Norman show off the Cup at Wembley)was the star of the night in a hard fought game which was all about pride. He headed Spurs first goal after four minutes from a Jimmy Greaves corner but Rangers equalised five minutes later. Another Greaves corner enabled White to head his second before Les Allen made it three. The Rangers defence were under pressure and conceded an own goal for 4-1 but almost immediately Rangers managed to score a second. Ten minutes from time another Greaves corner saw Maurice Norman score the fifth and final goal.

Team: Brown, Baker, Henry, Blanchflower, Norman, Mackay, Medwin, White, Allen, Greaves, Jones.

Att: 58,859

Ossie Ardiles was sacked as manager of Spurs on this day in 1994.

[See: Spurs in History - 29th October, 1994.]

31st October, 1992

Spurs 2 Liverpool 0 Premier League

Nayim and Neil Ruddock scored the goals to defeat Liverpool to give Spurs only their third League win of the season.

With Terry Venables in his executive role, Doug Livermore and Ray Clemence were joint 1st team coaches and the results were disappointing. This win brought their points total to 15 from the first 14 games but they had now gone five League and Cup games undefeated.

However, it was not until the new year when Venables started to take a more active role in team affairs working alongside his two coaches that results started to improve. A young team, playing exciting football showed improved League form and progressed to the FA Cup semi-final where they were unfortunate to lose to Arsenal.


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