David Howells rolled back the years and turned on the style once again as the Spurs Legends team encountered stiff competition in a match to honour the memory of keen supporter Dan Newman.
Sunday’s game, which raised a substantial amount of money for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), saw the ex-White Hart Lane favourites let slip a 3-1 lead, only to surge back and win the game in the latter stages of the second half.
Among the famous faces in a strong starting line-up for the ex-Spurs side were Terry Naylor, Paul Allen, Tony Galvin and, in goal, Ian Walker.
Howells fired Spurs into a sixth minute lead before Dave McDonald – an early replacement for Naylor – went close with a diving header from Howells’ cross.
Mark Falco picked out Howells with a searching ball in the 18th minute and the red-hot front man delicately placed the ball over the advancing goalkeeper for 2-0.
After the opponents pulled a goal back, a deft flick over the advancing stopper by Clive Wilson had the large crowd cheering what they thought was a Spurs goal, only for the ball to bounce in the six yard box and come back off the bar without crossing the goal line.
Falco hit the outside of the post on the half-volley, but his subsequent 35th minute shot found its way in off the inside of the opposite upright as Tottenham ended the first half 3-1 to the good.
However, within 10 minutes of the start of the second period, the Friends of Dan Newman scored twice to bring the scoreline back to 3-3.
It took two goals in quick succession mid-way through the half – a header from James Bunn and a close range shot from Micky Jarrett after a defensive mix-up – for Spurs to open up another advantage.
With a quarter of an hour left, Spurs were awarded a penalty for handball and Steve Smart placed a low left-footed shot into the bottom corner to make it 6-3.
Five minutes later, the opposition hit the net again before Bunn notched his second of the match direct from a free kick 25 yards out.
Following an attack down the left, the Friends of Dan Newman completed the scoring a few minutes later for a 7-5 final scoreline.
Spurs Legends: Ian Walker, Terry Naylor, Tony Galvin, Stuart Nethercott, Mark Stimson, Garry Brooke, Paul Allen, Clive Wilson, David Kerslake, Mark Falco, David Howells. Subs used: Dave McDonald, John Lacy, James Bunn, Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Jarrett, Andy Edmunds, Micky Southam.