Darren Anderton and impressive goalkeeper Espen Baardsen were two of the star names on show as the Spurs Legends took on a team of ex-Reading players at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday.
Up against a strong home side, the team of former White Hart Lane favourites found it tough going in Berkshire, and were indebted to the sensational goalkeeping of Baardsen for keeping a respectable scoreline in what turned out to be a 5-2 win for the hosts.
Spurs squandered a few chances themselves throughout the game, which was staged to benefit former Reading physio Paul Turner, who has suffered from a serious illness since his time at the club.
Turner kicked off the game on a muggy afternoon, and it didn’t take long for the hosts to do him proud with a goal courtesy of Lee Nogan in the third minute.
Baardsen then had the crowd gasping in awe with two world-class left-handed saves, one high to his left and the other low on the ground.
Michael Gilkes made it 2-0 to Reading on 24 minutes, before Jimmy Quinn looped an effort over Baardsen for 3-0 after getting on the end of a cross from the left.
Just after the half-hour mark, Anderton crossed for James Bunn, but his flicked effort just cleared the bar.
Anderton struck a low free kick through the wall two minutes later after Micky Jarrett was bundled over 20 yards out, but the Reading keeper made a comfortable low stop.
Jarrett went through one-on-one with the keeper shortly afterwards, but after the stopper blocked the shot with his face, Bunn’s lob from the rebound dropped just wide of the post.
Trevor Wilkinson then forced a save from the keeper just before the break, and David Howells fired wide four minutes after half-time.
Reading had a headed goal ruled out for offside on 52 minutes, while Anderton saw his effort saved at the other end.
Keith Scott netted a fourth goal from Reading, before Jarrett struck with aplomb to pull one back for Spurs.
Scott headed home his second and Reading’s fifth on 66 minutes, before guest player Matt Davies rounded off the scoring for Spurs.
Spurs Legends: Espen Baardsen, David Kerslake (sub: Micky Jarrett), Tony Galvin (sub: John Polston), Dave McDonald, Andy Edmonds (sub: Barrie Keeley), Darren Anderton, Garry Brooke (sub: Glen Southam), Stuart Beavon (sub: Trevor Wilkinson), Clive Wilson, James Bunn, David Howells. Sub not used: Stuart Nethercott.