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Nine lives

Posted on 25 November 2009  - 12:00

Colin Lee played the starring role when we last scored nine goals 32 years ago - he says Sunday's 9-1 win against Wigan is a day Jermain Defoe, his team-mates and the fans will never forget.

Nine lives

Colin Lee played the starring role when we last scored nine goals 32 years ago - he says Sunday's 9-1 win against Wigan is a day Jermain Defoe, his team-mates and the fans will never forget.

Jermain became only the fourth player in the Club's history to score five goals in a game - the last was Les Allen back in 1960 - and only the third in the Premier League as we ran riot against the Latics at the Lane.

You have to turn the clock back to October 22, 1977 for the last time we scored nine goals in a match - the day Colin carved his name in Spurs folklore forever.

Keith Burkinshaw snapped up the striker from Torquay United and, due to injuries, he was thrown in straight away for his debut against Rovers.

Colin, then 21, responded with a foul-goal haul as we demolished Rovers 9-0 at the Lane. Ian Moores also grabbed a hat-trick with Glenn Hoddle and Peter Taylor completing one of the club's most famous wins on their way back to the First Division at the first attempt.

It's a feat Colin will always be remembered for - and if proof were needed, his phone has been red hot this week with people ready to reminisce after Sunday's events.

"The day itself will always remain long in the memory," reflected Colin, now Chief Executive at Torquay United. "It was a fantastic day, something you can't even dream of, especially on a debut.

"It's something that seems to crop up every time I bump into Spurs fans and certainly over the last few days everyone has wanted to discuss it and it's great to bring back those memories.

"I've not thought about it that much of late but having watched the game against Wigan, Jermain Defoe's performance and the fact that it was nine goals again brought back those memories.

"It will always crop up now for the rest of Jermain's life, he'll always be remembered for it.

"I was with Ricky Villa recently and he said that one goal at Wembley made him famous, and it's true. He will always be remembered for that FA Cup Final goal against Manchester City and Jermain will always be remembered as a striker who scored five goals in a game.

"I'm still remembered as the guy who scored four goals in that 9-0 win 32 years ago. I just hope this Spurs team go on to get the success we got that season, which was to get promoted back to the old First Division at the first attempt.

"There are a lot of reasons why that 9-0 win became important for us and the main reason was that at the end of the season, it enabled us to gain promotion via goal difference. That game was vital to us."

Colin went on to play for Chelsea and Brentford before managerial spells at Watford, Wolves, Torquay, Walsall and Millwall. He's been Chief Executive at Torquay since May, 2007.

"I've as lot of good feelings for Tottenham," he added. "I've been back once or twice and I'm always made most welcome and the fans still remember me - and certainly that game - which is great."