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Chinese New Year 2016

  • SPURS IN THE YEAR OF THE GOAT

    #1 Ryan Mason - Born June 13, 1991

    Ryan joined our full-time Academy set-up in 2007 and made his first team debut in the Europa League match against NEC in November, 2008. He enjoyed a successful season on loan at Yeovil in 2009-10 - six goals in 29 appearances - and built his experience with further loan spells at Doncaster, Millwall and Swindon. Almost six years after his first team debut aged just 17 in 2008, Ryan scored his first senior goal in the Capital One Cup against Forest before his Premier League debut in no less than the North London derby three days later.

    Best goal: vs. Nottingham Forest, 25 September, 2014 - League Cup

    Best match: vs. Arsenal, 27 September, 2014 - Premier League

    Did you know?: During the 2008–09 season he topped the Academy scoring sheets with 29 goals in 31 games as Spurs finished runners-up in the Premier Academy League.

    #2 Andros Townsend - Born July 16, 1991

    The flying winger made a spectacular breakthrough in the 2013-14 season including a goalscoring senior debut for England. Andros ended the campaign with 33 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice. He’d spent the previous seasons on loan at several clubs including QPR, Birmingham City and Leeds United. In the 2009-2010 campaign, he spent the season on loan at Leyton Orient and shone in a struggling side, scoring one of the contenders for Goal of the Season against his former club Yeovil with a fine solo effort. Andros has made over 20 appearances so far in the 2014-2015 season with 5 goals and 4 assists. 

    Best goal: Goal vs. Dinamo Tibilisi 22, August 2013

    Best match: vs. Dinamo Tibilisi 22 August, 2013. Scored one goal and two assists.

    DId you know?: Andros produced a Man of the Match display in England’s 4-1 win against Montenegro at Wembley, including marking his first cap with a fine goal.

    #3 FA Cup Semi Final vs. Arsenal - April 14, 1991

    This match will be remembered for Gascoigne’s volley, although Gary Lineker will have something to say about that following his brace. Having beaten Notts County, Portsmouth, Oxford United and Blackpool on the way to the semi-finals, Spurs were facing their North London rivals in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Paul Gascoigne scored a stunning 30 yard free-kick within 5 minutes before Gary Lineker doubled the lead. Alan Smith pulled one back for Arsenal before Lineker got his second of the match to put Spurs in the final.

    Did you know: This was the first semi-final to be played at Wembley.

    #4 1991 FA Cup Final vs. Nottingham Forest - May 19, 1991

    Following the semi-final victory against local rivals Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur faced Nottingham Forest in the final at Wembley. After falling behind to a Stuart Pearce free-kick and an early injury to Paul Gascoigne, Spurs faced an uphill task to turn the match around. Within 30 minutes of the game, Gary Lineker was fouled in the box by Mark Crossley winning a penalty, however the goalkeeper correctly guessed Lineker’s shot and saved the penalty. In the second half, Tottenham Hotspur gained the momentum and in the 55th minute, Paul Stewart scored the equaliser from the right hand side of the box. With no more goals in normal time, the final moved into extra-time where Tottenham Hotspur won a corner in the 94th minute. Gary Mabbut, Spurs’ captain, charged in with a header but Des Walker, the Nottingham Forest defender, beat him to the ball and headed it into his own net to give Tottenham Hotspur the lead. Spurs saw out the rest of the match before Gary Mabbut lifted the trophy in-front of the Spurs faithful to put them back in European competition.

    Did you know?: Spurs became the first team to win the FA Cup trophy 8 times with this victory.