Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Spurs in History - 31st July

31st July, 1968

Spurs 3 Rangers 1(Pre-season)

It’s not often that a pre-season fixture remains in the memory for long after the final whistle but this game is memorable for the debut of a young centre half who scored two of the goals. Peter Collins had been signed from non-League Chelmsford City for £5,500 the previous January and made his league debut in the opening game of the season, a home defeat by Arsenal.

He didn’t appear again until mid-October where he played alongside Mike England for much of the remainder of the season. He made frequent appearances during the next two seasons but his moment in the spotlight came when England was injured midway through season 1970-71 and Collins replaced him, including a successful League Cup Final appearance against Aston Villa at Wembley.

After this success his opportunities were limited and a serious ankle injury further restricted his progress and he retired at the age of 26 in November, 1974.


1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:45 am

    I remember Peter, it was a disaster when he retired as he was the future. That first game against Glasgow rangers was stuff schoolboys dream of!,