Saturday, April 28, 2012

Spurs 5 Blackburn 2 Match Report - May, 1965

A memorable match at White Hart Lane saw Spurs defeat Blackburn 5 - 2 in season 1964 - 65 when they were undefeated at home but won only one away game all season.  Norman Giller's match report from the Daily Express highlights the need for consistent goalscorers in a successful team.
Friday, 16th April, 1965
(from the Daily Express)
THIS No. 7

Spurs 5  Blackburn 2   ****

Three goals from Alan Gilzean 
and two from Jimmy Greaves
tell their own story of another 
slaughter by the mighty G-men 
of Tottenham.

This was Gilzean's first three-
goal show for Spurs - but it
could not rob Greaves of the 
match-star rating.

The news from White Hart Lane 
for Alf Ramsey, England manager: 
There is a better right winger in the 
League than Liverpool's Peter 

He is Greaves by name and 
destructive by nature.

Greaves played on the right wing
because of an injury to Cliff Jones.
And Greaves was magnificent.

He scored twice, helped create
two for Gilzean - and was robbed
of a third in the 88th minute
when signalled off-side after netting
what looked to me to be a perfect goal.

Blackburn?  They were never
in the game in the first half and
made an impact on only rare
occasions in the second.

Gilzean's 77th-minute goal was
the best.  He cleverly put the
finishing touches to a four-man
move involving Eddie Clayton,
Roy Low and, inevitably, Greaves.

The G-men's other goals: 
Gilzean (14 and 44 minutes), 
Greaves (22, 83).  
Blackburn came briefly but brilliantly
into the game with goals by 
Bryan Douglas (46) and Andy 
McEvoy (49)

Team: Jennings; Knowles, Henry; Mullery, Brown, L., Clayton; Greaves, Low, Saul, Gilzean, Weller

The win over Blackburn Rovers took Spurs to 5th place in the 1st Division, a point behind Everton, after thirty nine games.  The top three teams, Leeds United, Chelsea and Manchester United, however, were ten plus points ahead.  

Spurs ended the 1964 - 65 season with five consecutive wins scoring 25 goals.  
Their home record for the season was:
P  21  W  18  D  3  L  0  For  65  Ag  20

They finished the season in 6th place and it is the only occasion that Spurs have gone through a complete season undefeated at home. 


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