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Numbers 49

This month the featured number is 49 – our record goals return, scored in a single season, which England striker Clive Allen achieved in 1986-87.

spurs-by-numbers-1-october When Clive Allen scored twice on his Spurs debut at Goodison Park on the opening day of the 1984-85 season, Spurs fans had every right to be optimistic that this could be our time.

This was a powerful Everton side that would go on to lift the title that season. We would finish third, level on points with runners-up Liverpool.

But had Clive not missed so much of the season through injury who knows what might have been because, even with the England striker, we were still a formidable force at the time as we challenged for the Championship right up until the end.

Allen, after spells with Queens Park Rangers, Crystal Palace and a non-playing summer at Arsenal, was very much the finished article when manager Peter Shreeves signed him in August, 1984.

He still managed seven league goals in 12 starts in that first term but again wasn’t fully fit the following season. Yet when David Pleat took over as manager in May, 1986, and later opted to play Chesney on his own up front, it literally took off for the man from Stepney.

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