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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.

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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...