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ON THIS DAY

Posted on 2 January 2007  - 12:00

To mark the fact that 2007 is the year of our 125 anniversary, each day we will post an event significant to the date...

To mark the fact that 2007 is the year of our 125 anniversary, each day we will post an event significant to the date...

FEBRUARY

6th - On this day in 1982 the official opening of our current West Stand is performed by Sir Stanley Rous who symbolically cuts the ribbon prior to our 6-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

5th - On this day in 1927 our First Division fixture with Sunderland is broadcast in part on BBC Radio. The Grenadier Guards are in attendance to lead the community singing at White Hart Lane plus two announcers, one to describe the play, the other to provide general and topical patter.

4th - On this day in 1961 Leicester City inflict our first home defeat of the double season with a 3-2 win.

3rd - On this day in 1960 we run up our best ever competitive scoreline with a 13-2 win over Crewe Alexandra. The Fourth Division side are 10-1 down at half time. Legend has it that they arrived at London Euston station on platform 13 and left again from number 2.

2nd - On this day in 1929 Taffy O'Callaghan won his first Welsh cap at the age of 22. He was the first product of our Northfleet United nursery team to gain Full international honours.

1st - On this day in 1896 we played our first match in the FA Cup 1st Round Proper, having previously only competed in the qualifying rounds. We lost 0-5 at Stoke in our first competitive match since turning professional.

JANUARY

31st - On this day in 1954 VJ Woodward, our famous amateur centre forward, passed away. He was the first Spur to gain a Full England cap when he faced Ireland in February, 1903, scoring two goals.

30th - On this day in 1904 we recorded our highest aggregate score in a Southern League fixture with a 7-4 victory against Reading.

29th - On this day in 1910 the three Steel brothers from Newmilns, Alec, Danny and Bobby, all played in our goal-less home fixture with Bradford City.

28th - On this day in 1911 one of four of our Football League fixtures to be abandoned. This one against Oldham was stopped at half time due to fog with the score at 1-1.

27th - On this day in 1900 we lost our first FA Cup tie of the century to Preston North End. Revenge was gained the following year when we defeated the Lancashire club on our way to winning the competition for the first time.

26th - On this day in 1995 Vic Buckingham passed away. He is the only Spur to amass over 200 League appearances for the Club without playing in the top flight. His tally of 204 came between 1935 and 1949.

25th - On this day in 1967, David Ginola was born.

24th - On this day in 1953 Sonny Walters scored our 1,500th League goal at White Hart Lane in a 2-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday.

23rd - On this day in 2002 we defeated Chelsea 5-1 in the League Cup semi-final 2nd leg. We began the tie 2-1 down from the first leg but goals from Iversen, Sherwood, Sheringham, Davies and Rebrov took us to Cardiff for the final.

22nd - On this day in 1920 Alf Ramsey was born in Dagenham. A full back, signed from Southampton in May, 1949, he was the last piece of the jigsaw in our push and run side of 1949-50-51. Knighted in 1967 having managed the England side to World Cup glory.

21st - On this day in 1967 we started a Club record run of 28 League and Cup matches without defeat with a 2-0 home win against Burnley. The sequence came to an end on September 2, following 20 wins and eight draws in 20 League and eight FA Cup matches, with a thumping 1-5 defeat at Turf Moor, Burnley.

20th - On this day in 1962 Phil Beal signed professional forms for the Club having been an apprentice since May, 1960. He went on to make 420 senior appearances in 13 years for us.

19th - On this day in 1994 we won our first and only successful penalty shootout in the FA Cup to date. First Division Peterborough United eventually succumbed to a 5-4 penalty decider at White Hart Lane.

18th - On this day in 1947 goalkeeper Ted Ditchburn, who held the Club appearance record of 418 games until 1975, nominated his favourite game as being our 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United where he received a standing ovation from the 63,000 crowd.

17th - On this day in 1969 new signing Martin Chivers scored on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

16th - On this day in 1914 Tommy Clay signed from Leicester. Each of the full back's 24 senior goals for Spurs came from the penalty spot.

15th - On this day in 1927 Tottenham Hotspur 12 Arsenal 2. Our first ever home fixture against our neighbours’ 'A' team saw goalkeeper Nicholls net one of our goals from the penalty spot.

14th - On this day in 1956 Eddie Baily was transferred to Port Vale after 10 years on our books. He returned in October, 1963 for a further 11-year stint as assistant manager to Bill Nicholson.

13th - On this day in 1923 we suffered one of our biggest FA Cup shocks, when we were held to a goal-less draw by Midland League club Worksop Town. We won the replay, also at White Hart Lane, by a comfortable margin of 9-0.

12th - On this day in 1983 Cecil Poynton passed away. He began a 12-year stint as a player in August, 1922 and served on our backroom staff during the war. Later appointed assistant trainer, senior trainer and then physiotherapist until retiring in 1975.

11th - On this day in 1975 terrace favourite Alfie Conn netted a hat-trick in our 5-2 win at Newcastle. The 3rd goal that afternoon, scored by John Duncan, was our 4,000th in the Football League.

10th - On this day in 1914 we shared ten goals in an FA Cup match with Leicester, our highest scoring draw in the competition.

9th - On this day in 1992 former Club programme editor and historian Leslie Yates passed away. A freelance journalist, Tottenham born and bred, he contributed to the Club publications for many years having seen his first Spurs game in 1923, aged eight.

8th - On this day in 1901 we faced European opposition for the first time when the touring Berlin FC were defeated 9-6 at a snow covered White Hart Lane. It was the first visit to Britain by a German team.

7th - On this day in 1939 following many years of rallying by the Club board, our senior players wore numbered shirts for the first time, in a 7-1 FA Cup victory over Watford.

6th – On this day in 1934 Spurs 'keeper Joe Nicholls was bombarded by fruit and beer bottles by the Villa Park crowd during our 5-1 win there. Villa were warned as to their spectators’ future behaviour. Both teams wore black armbands following the passing of former Spurs player Herbert Chapman.

5th – On this day in 1946 we faced Brentford in the first leg of our only two-legged FA Cup tie, drawing the match 2-2. We lost the return 0-2 five days later. All ties from rounds one to six were played over two matches.

4th – On this day in 1933 three Spurs players - Willie Evans, Dave Levene and Jimmy Brain - formed part of a combined Tottenham Hotspur/Arsenal/Chelsea/West Ham United XI against The Rest of London in an experimental floodlight match at the old White City stadium.

3rd – On this day in 1920 we played our fourth consecutive match with an all English XI. It was nearly 300 games into our League career that we played a League game without a Scottish player in our ranks.

2nd – On this day in 1909 the old Leeds City club made their only visit to White Hart Lane. Former Spurs chairman John Oliver was associated with the Yorkshire outfit. They disbanded in 1919 due to financial irregularities.

1st – On this day in 1900 our first match in the 20th century was a 2-2 draw at Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough. Part of a two match mini tour of the north east, we faced Sunderland the following day.