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Super Subs!

As part of a regular series, Andy Greeves takes a look at the matches in which a substitute has made a real impact for us.

subs_HoughtonScott Houghton v Luton Town (Home) – Football League Division One, November 16, 1991.

The 1991-92 season saw a young midfielder by the name of Scott Houghton make all 14 of his competitive appearances as a Tottenham player. His debut came as a substitute in our 2-1 defeat by Manchester United at White Hart Lane on September 28, 1991, while he also appeared in our 5-1 thrashing of Swansea City in the League Cup and the 3-1 home win over Porto in the European Cup Winners’ Cup in October, 1991, during the early stages of his first team career.

Houghton’s defining moment in a Spurs shirt was a 4-1 win over Luton Town at the Lane on November 16, 1991. The Division One clash had seen us go behind on the 43rd minute when Gudni Bergsson’s intended back pass to Erik Thorstvedt was seized upon by Mark Stein who crossed for Mick Harford to put the Hatters one up.

In the second half, the match was halted for a period of around 15 minutes as our West Stand floodlights failed. When the lights came back on, we took the match to our opponents, who up until that point had been the better side. Another turning point was the introduction of substitutes Houghton and Nayim, who replaced David Howells and Paul Allen respectively.

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