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Fixture flashback - festive Canaries clashes

Posted on 18 June 2015  - 08:05

Our fixture list for the new 2015-16 season sees the return of a previously frequent festive clash with Norwich City.

Goalscorer Robbie Keane in action on December 26, 2004Michael Brown on Boxing Day, 2004Gareth Bale on the way to scoring our second goal at Norwich on December 27, 2011

We face the newly-promoted Canaries at White Hart Lane on Boxing Day this year, having met them on that same date a number of times in the past.

Our most recent December 26 clash took place in 2004-05, when second half goals from Robbie Keane and Michael Brown gave us a 2-0 win at Carrow Road.

We triumphed by the same scoreline at Norwich on Boxing Day, 1994, with Nicky Barmby’s 11th-minute opener being added to by a last minute Teddy Sheringham effort.

Two years earlier, in 1992-93, we battled out a goalless draw when visiting a Canaries side featuring several players with Spurs connections. Ian Culverhouse, John Polston, Mark Bowen, Ian Crook and Ruel Fox were all in Norwich’s starting XI that day – the first four having previously worn our colours while Fox went on to play for us after a spell at Newcastle United.

Without a Boxing Day game in 2011-12 and 1993-94 seasons, we instead faced Norwich in festive fixtures on December 27.

Nicky Barmby and Norwich's Colin Woodthorpe at White Hart Lane on December 27, 1993.

A Gareth Bale double saw us register another 2-0 win at Norwich in 2011, while the 1993 clash saw us slump to a 3-1 home defeat – a Chris Sutton brace and an Efan Ekoku effort accounting for the visitors’ goals while Barmby replied for us.

We had one other December 27 meeting in 1980-81, a 2-2 draw at Norwich, but that match doesn’t fit the criteria we’re looking at here because we were in action 24 hours earlier – sharing eight goals with Southampton in a 4-4 Boxing Day draw at White Hart Lane!