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Derby Legends - Terry Dyson

Posted on 4 February 2015  - 17:06

Terry Dyson carved his name into North London derby folklore on August 26, 1961.


Fresh from winning the double, Bill Nicholson’s men faced our local rivals in the third match of the 1961-62 campaign in Division One.

Les Allen and Terry put us 2-0 up but Arsenal hit back to lead 3-2 before the diminutive forward struck twice more, securing a 4-3 victory in front of 59,371 fans at White Hart Lane.

Terry, who turned 80 last November, remains the only Spurs player to claim a hat-trick for us in the derby.

As you’d expect, it’s a fond memory for the Hall of Famer who scored 55 goals in 209 appearances for us between 1955-65.

“I feel very proud about that,” said Terry. “It was at the start of the 1961-62 season.

“I’d already scored and we led 2-0 but we were then 3-2 down. For my second goal, the ball came through a crowd of players, struck my arm and I just smacked it in.

“The referee didn’t see the handball, gave the goal and Arsenal went mad!

“Two minutes later I played a little one-two with Danny Blanchflower and made it 4-3. It was a brilliant feeling.”

Our next derby legend is Mark Falco, coming tomorrow...