Justin Edinburgh bagged a brace as a star-studded Spurs Legends XI won 7-4 against West Essex FC in a charity match at Highams Park near Chingford on Sunday.
Our former left-back provided a two-goal return after being shifted forward into a left midfield role, while fellow 1991 FA Cup winner David Howells also got himself on the scoresheet.
The match also saw the ‘debut’ in the Legends side for our former defender Chris Perry, who slotted into the back four alongside Stuart Nethercott, John Lacy and Tony Galvin.
Terry Gibson also made a rare appearance, playing in midfield alongside Legends regulars Steve Sedgley and Garry Brooke.
The Lilywhites took a 13th minute lead when Brooke picked out Mark Falco up front who slotted past the goalkeeper.
Spurs made it 2-0 on 34 minutes when Howells crossed for Edinburgh to net his first goal of the afternoon.
Legends goalkeeper Gareth Howells – brother of David – made a fine save at point blank range on 37 minutes, but he could do nothing to keep out two fine strikes from Tom Sambridge in the dying moments of the first half as the hosts drew level at 2-2.
Within two minutes of the second half getting underway, the Legends were shocked by a 45-yard lob from Robert Beek, which sailed over keeper Howells and into the net to put the home side in front.
Substitute Micky Southam levelled for Spurs on 53 minutes, but a minute later the home side went back in front when Dan Jolly scored from the penalty spot following a dubious hand-ball decision against Nethercott.
The goals were starting to come thick and fast and on 64 minutes the next one arrived when Micky Jarrett followed up to make it 4-4 after Howells had a shot blocked on the line.
Spurs went ahead again on 68 minutes when Howells curled a left-footed free kick around the wall and into the net after Andy Edmonds was upended.
The Legends began to pile on the pressure in the closing stages. Nethercott’s header from a corner was only partially cleared, allowing Perry to fire a low shot towards goal, only to see a defender clear the ball off the line and deny him a goal on his ‘debut’.
But eight minutes from time, Edinburgh fired in from the right and the ball found its way into the net with a little help from a home defender.
The scoring was wrapped up on 85 minutes when Southam embarked on a mazy run and chipped the goalkeeper, much to the delight of the healthy crowd in attendance.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, John Lacy, Tony Galvin, Chris Perry, Stuart Nethercott, Garry Brooke, Terry Gibson, Steve Sedgley, David Howells, Mark Falco, Justin Edinburgh. Subs: Mark Stimson, Andy Polston, Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Jarrett, Micky Southam, Andy Edmonds.