Sunday, July 22, 2007

Spurs in History - 22nd July

22nd July, 1995

The Intertoto fiasco finally came to an end with a humiliating defeat to 1FC Cologne.

The team of reserves and loanees went to Germany and suffered an eight goal defeat. While Spurs can claim they did not recognise it as a first team game and they had stated before the competition that they would field a weakened team, a result like this did nothing for the reputation of the Club in Europe and can have done nothing for the confidence of the young players who were asked to take on an impossible task. Furthermore, the statistics used by UEFA retain this game as part of Tottenham Hotspur's record in European competitions.

While Spurs didn’t take the competition seriously, Cologne did and gained qualification to the UEFA Cup draw and progressed to the latter stages of the competition.

On the same day the first team also lost a friendly to Silkeborg by three goals to one.

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