Sunday, November 12, 2006

Spurs in History - 12th November

Manager Bill Nicholson's Spurs lost at Sheffield Wednesday but as a player he had happier memories of defeating Sheffield United 7-0.

12th November, 1960

Sheffield Wednesday 2 Spurs 1 (1st Division)

Hillsborough has never been a ‘happy hunting ground’ for Spurs. Their last win on the ground had been in 1937 and that had been their only success in twenty five League and Cup visits.

Wednesday were second to Spurs in the League and in a full-blooded game brought Spurs’ undefeated run to an end. Both teams had chances to score in the first half before Wednesday went ahead after forty minutes but Spurs levelled two minutes later when Maurice Norman scored after a free-kick.

Spurs threatened to take control in the early stages of the second half but Wednesday went ahead at the mid-way point and Spurs were unable to come back again in spite of some intense pressure in the closing moments, losing their unbeaten run in the seventeenth game.

So by mid-November, Spurs' record was:

P 17 Won 15 D 1 L 1 For 54 Ag 20 Pts 31 (2pts for a win)


Brown, Baker, Henry, Blanchflower, Norman, Mackay, Jones, White, Smith, Allen, Dyson.

12th November, 1949

Spurs 7 Sheffield United 0 (2nd Division)

Spurs, under Arthur Rowe in his first season as manager, were striving for promotion from the 2nd Division, and had only suffered one defeat in the season to date, having lost the second home game to Blackburn Rovers. They won 10 of the next twelve games and Sheffield United had no answer to Spurs' fast, flowing football and were comprehensively defeated.

Spurs scored through Sonny walters (3), Len Duquemin (2), Les Medley (2).

The attendance was 54,193.

Spurs record was:

P 16 W 14 D 2 L 1 For 41 Ag 10 Pts 30


Ditchburn, Ramsey, Withers, Nicholson, Clarke, Burgess (Captain), Walters, Bennett, Duquemen, Baily, Medley.


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