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A Learned Friendship

Andy Greeves explores a long-existing relationship between Tottenham Hotspur and the world-renowned Cambridge University.

Bill Nicholson with the Cambridge University team.

During our FA Cup-winning season of 1900-1901, Cambridge became the first ever University side to play us in a friendly here at White Hart Lane. It would be the start of a special relationship between Cambridge University and Tottenham Hotspur that endured for many years.

A crowd of around 1,500 witnessed the unique fixture on November 5, 1900, with goals from Ted Hughes, Sandy Brown and Arthur ‘Spider’ Jones giving us a 3-1 victory.

The same season, Oxford University would travel to N17, losing 5-2 to John Cameron’s side on February 4, 1901. In the years that followed though, it would be Cambridge rather than Oxford University who we would play on a far more regular basis.

Cambridge University were back here on November 25, 1901, again beaten 3-1 by the home side, with our goals that afternoon coming from Brown and Jack Kirwan – both of whom started in our cup final replay victory over Sheffield United on April 27, 1901. The first draw between Spurs and Cambridge University occurred on November 28, 1904, with a game that ended 2-2.

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