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Mauritius backflick

Posted on 20 May 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Our previous visit to the island of Mauritius was back in the summer of 1974 and the touring party departed from Heathrow on Sunday June 2.


Vice-chairman at the time, Charles F Cox, wrote about the trip in the handbook for the following season and began his reflections by borrowing a line from Mark Twain. "God made Mauritius first and then Heaven, Heaven being copied from Mauritius."


The team played three games on the tour of 1974, the first being on June 8 against a Mauritius Select X1 at the King George V Stadium, Curepipe and a crowd of 18,000 saw Spurs win 5-0. Martin Chivers netted a hat-trick, with Alan Gilzean scoring the other two.


The team was: Jennings, Evans, Knowles (Naylor), Beal, Dillon, Pratt, Coates, perryman, Chivers, Gilzean, McGrath.


The second match against a Select X1 was a closer affair and we were 2-1 down at the break. The encounter - watched by a crowd of 5,000 - finished 6-3 in our favour, with the goals scored by Gilzean (2), Perryman (2), Peters and a Knowles penalty.


Team : Jennings, Kinnear (Pratt), Knowles, Naylor, Beal, Holder, Neighbour (McGrath), McNab (Coates), Gilzean, Perryman, Peters.


Like the current touring party will be, the class of 74 were treated to an afternoon at the races, before the side took on their final challenge - again at the King George V Stadium - in a match which marked Alan Gilzean's final game for the club.


Gilzean responded with three goals in the 6-0 win and he was carried around the pitch at the final whistle by his teammates.


Team: Jennings, Evans, Knowles, Beal, Naylor, Pratt, Coates, Perryman, Gilzean, Peters, McGrath. The other scorers were Coates, Peters and Perryman.