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Five-star Rafa!

Posted on 1 November 2011  - 12:00

Rafa van der Vaart is bidding to become only the seventh player in our history to score in six or more consecutive league matches.

Rafa van der Vaart is bidding to become only the seventh player in our history to score in six or more consecutive league matches.

Garth Crooks is the last player to achieve the six-shooting feat between December, 1984 and January, 1985.

Double hero Bobby Smith (1961), Alf Stokes (1957), Willie Evans (1935-36) and Johnny Morrison (1935) also scored in six-successive league matches.

Not surprisingly, all-time record goalscorer and striking great Jimmy Greaves tops the consecutive-goalscorer charts.

He scored in seven games on the trot in Division One in 1966 and holds the club record with nine on the bounce in 1962.

Rafa became the first Spurs to score in five-consecutive Premier League games since Robbie Keane in 2007 when he slotted home our second goal in Sunday's 3-1 win against QPR.

His current run started at Wigan and has continued against Arsenal, Newcastle, Blackburn and QPR.

Robbie also achieved the feat in five-successive Premier League matches (although not consecutive matches) between February-April, 2007 and in five consecutive matches between January-February, 2004.

Teddy Sheringham is the only other Spur to achieve the feat in the Premier League with goals between September-October, 1993.

DERBY SUCCESS AT THE LANE...

Victory over QPR extended our unbeaten home run in London derby league matches to 17.

We have won 11 and drawn six of our fixtures against fellow capital opponents since Arsenal defeated us 3-1 at the Lane on September 15, 2007.

The current sequence exceeds our previous best of 14 league games set between September, 1960 and November, 1963, which comprised 10 wins and four drawn matches.

With thanks to Club Historian Andy Porter...

Victory over Arsenal in our last Premier League game here extended our unbeaten home run in London derby league matches to 16. We have won 10 and drawn six of our fixtures against fellow capital opponents since Arsenal defeated us 3-1 here on September 15, 2007. The current sequence exceeds our previous best of 14 league games set between September, 1960 and November, 1963, which comprised 10 wins and four drawn matches.