Monday, April 02, 2007

Spurs in History - 2nd April

Eddie Baily who later became Bill Nicholson's Assistant, was involved in the controversial goal which defeated Huddersfield Town

2nd April, 1952

Spurs 1 Huddersfield Town 0 (1st Division)

Controversy surrounded the only goal scored by Len Duquemin and added to Huddersfield’s problems as they tried to avoid relegation. With only a minute remaining, the lowest attendance of the season saw an amazing goal to Spurs. From a corner taken by Eddie Baily, the ball hit the referee and rebounded to Baily who immediately centred for Duquemin to head the winning goal.

The goal should have been disallowed because Baily had played the ball twice without another player touching it. Huddersfield appealed but the result had to stand and they were relegated at the end of the season. The point that Huddersfield lost that day did not cause their relegation but if they had gained an unexpected point it might have inspired the players to greater effort in their final games.


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