Preston North End 2 Spurs 6 (2nd Division)
Following a poor start to the season this game marked the turning point for Spurs. Having gained only 6 points from the first eight games Spurs were near the foot of the table.
Manager Percy Smith made several changes to the team and they proved very successful. Goals from Davie Colquhoun, Taffy O’Callaghan, George Hunt, George Greenfield and Willie Evans(2) gave Spurs victory in this game and set them on their way for the rest of the season.
They went undefeated for twelve games, including eight convincing victories which took them towards the top of the table. Although they couldn’t catch the leaders, Stoke City, they gained promotion by finishing second.
and also on 8th October, 1958
With the manager's position vacant, following the resignation of Jimmy Anderson, Spurs interviewed first-team coach, Bill Nicholson and offered him the manager's position. He had had no thoughts about becoming a manager and would have preferred to remain as a coach but realised that a new manager may appoint someone else to that role. He accepted and it was announced a few days later, prior to the home game against Everton.