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Posted on 8 May 2007  - 12:00

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

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

MAY

8th - On this day in 1979 Mark Falco scored on his league debut at Bolton. "Bilko" went on to net 89 goals in 236 senior appearances for the Club.

7th - On this day in 1946 we staged our first testimonial match for a player. Willie Hall was the beneficiary of a fixture against an FA XI.

6th - On this day in 1961 the completion of the first "Double" of the last century. A 2-0 win over Leicester City at Wembley secured this historic feat.

5th - On this day in 1962 Burnley are defeated 3-1 at Wembley as we retain The FA Cup for another year.

4th - On this day in 1916 we won our first match at Highbury, defeating Arsenal 3-0.

3rd - On this day in 1939 White Hart Lane was selected to host a replay had The FA Cup final between Portsmouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers been drawn. As it was Portsmouth won 4-1 at the first attempt.

2nd - On this day in 1914 Bill Jacques signed from Coventry City. A goalkeeper he cost a reputed £300 fee and was ever-present in our 1919/1920 second division championship side.

1st - On this day in 1955 winger Johnny Gavin gained the first Republic of Ireland cap by a Spurs player when facing The Netherlands at Dalymount Park.

APRIL

30th - On this day in 1910 record receipts for a League match at the time of £2,163 are paid to watch our relegation battle with Chelsea. We won 2-1 to maintain our top-flight status.

29th - On this day in 1897 we took part in our first cup final, losing 0-2 to hosts Wellingborough in the Wellingborough & District Charity Cup.

28th - On this day in 1951 a 1-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday secured our first League Championship title.

27th - On this day in 1901 our first FA Cup Final victory, 3-1 against Sheffield United at Burnden Park, Bolton. The only non-league Club to win the trophy since 1888.

26th - On this day in 1902 Sandy Brown, 15-goal hero of our 1901 FA Cup run, played his last Southern League match for us netting twice against Brentford.

25th - On this day in 1942 Tom Morris passed away. He played in our first game at White Hart Lane, our first FA Cup Final and our first Football League match before working on our backroom staff.

24th - On this day in 1920 Jabe Darnell, who served the Club as a player and assistant trainer between 1904 and 1947, earned a second benefit match against Arsenal.

23rd - On this day in 1921 Jimmy Dimmock scored the only goal after 53 minutes to secure our second FA Cup win, in the final against Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

22nd - On this day in 1909 John Curtis signed from Gainsborough Trinity. He scored our first ever League goal against Arsenal in April, 1910.

21st - On this day in 1923 Jimmy Cantrell made his final League appearance for the Club. At 40 years, 349 days, he is the oldest player to feature in our league side.

20th - On this day in 1901 a then world record crowd for a football match numbering 110,820 watch our 2-2 draw with Sheffield United in The FA Cup final at the old Crystal Palace.

19th - On this day in 1935 John Cameron, player/secretary/manager of our 1901 FA Cup winning side, passed away at Edinburgh.

18th - On this day in 1908 Norwich City provided the opposition for our final home game in the Southern League.

17th - On this day in 1961 a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday at White Hart Lane ensured our second Football League Championship success.

16th - On this day in 1960 Tommy Harmer, nicknamed "The Charmer", made his 222nd and last appearance in our first team.

15th - On this day in 1974 we secured our 2,500th point in the Football League with a goal-less draw at Chelsea.

14th - On this day in 1991 Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker netted early goals in the first FA Cup semi final to be staged at Wembley. We ran out 3-1 winners against Arsenal.

13th - On this day in 1900 a 2-0 win against defending champions Southampton secured the Southern League title.

12th - On this day in 1955 Ron Henry made his Spurs debut. His final appearance came in March, 1977 when he faced Reading reserves, aged 42, due to a player shortage.

11th - On this day in 1959 Dave Mackay gained the first Scottish cap by a Spurs player when facing England. By the end of the year, new arrivals Bill Brown and John White had also played for their country.

10th - On this day in 1974, goals from Martin Peters and Ralph Coates secured a 2-1 win against Lokomotive Leipzig in the semi-finals, first leg of the UEFA Cup. A 2-0 win at home booked our place in the final.

9th - On this day in 1921 four of our players - Bert Bliss, Jimmy Dimmock, Arthur Grimsdell and Bert Smith - turned out for England against Scotland.

8th - On this day in 1975 Glenn Hoddle signed professional forms for the Club. He fell just short of 500 senior appearances during his 12 years in our first team.

7th - On this day in 1914 SH Stewart Casey, one of the founder members of the Club in 1882, passed away. By the end of the month his brother HD Sam Casey - also a founder - had also passed on.

6th - On this day in 1901 Vivian Woodward made his Southern League debut for the Club. The famous amateur forward later captained England at Amateur and Full level as well as the Great Britain Olympic team.

5th - On this day in 1962 we bowed out of our first European campaign having taken holders and eventual winners Benfica right to the wire in the second leg of the semi final. We won 2-1 on the night but went out of the Champions Cup 4-3 on aggregate.

4th - On this day in 1914 winger Fanny Walden maked his England debut against Scotland. In doing so he became the shortest player to play for his country, standing five feet two inches in his stockinged feet.

3rd - On this day in 1982 Ossie Ardiles departed to prepare for Argentina's defence of the World Cup after helping us return to Wembley with a 2-0 semi final win over Leicester City at Villa Park.

2nd - On this day in 1900 we played a benefit match at the Canning Town home of Thames Ironworks in aid of the dependants of Harry Bradshaw, an England international who played for both clubs.

1st - On this day in 1918 was it an April Fool or did the one time Spurs programme seller named Hill really play at left half in the wartime match against Clapton Orient?

MARCH

31st - On this day in 1917 we ran up our best scoreline during the Great War with a 10-0 thumping of Portsmouth in the London Combination.

30th - On this day in 1922 White Hart Lane hosted its only London Combination representative match, against the London League.

29th - On this day in 1958 another League landmark was achieved against Aston Villa with Bobby Smith netting our 1,000th home goal in Division One.

28th - On this day in 1931 a then Club record of 25,000 programmes are sold for the promotion chasing Second Division encounter with West Bromwich Albion.

27th - On this day in 1926 with Frank Osborne taken ill before the game, Club trainer Billy Minter played in a friendly fixture at Hull City, over six years after his last senior game.

26th - On this day in 1921 Tommy Clay, normally a full back, played the whole match in goal in a 1-0 win at Sunderland, due to an Easter injury crisis.

25th - On this day in 1986 Steve Perryman moved on to Oxford United after nearly 20 years at Tottenham Hotspur, making a Club record 854 senior appearances, including 655 in the Football League.

24th - On this day in 1979 we gained our 1,000th away point in the Football League with a 3-2 victory at Aston Villa. This after being two down with 12 minutes remaining.

23rd - On this day in 1934 The Weekly Herald reported that the mammoth electric clock, on the High Road at the front of the ground, was complete having been illuminated and adorned with the cockerel motif.

22nd - On this day in 1934 White Hart Lane hosted the annual markets match between teams representing Spitalfields and Covent Garden.

21st - On this day in 1999 Allan Nielsen headed the only goal deep into injury time against Leicester City to secure our third Football League Cup triumph.

20th - On this day in 1982 Graham Roberts netted a hat-trick from midfield in a 3-2 home win over his home town club Southampton.

19th - On this day in 1955 Terry Dyson, the only Spur to net a hat-trick in a north London derby match, made his senior debut in our colours against Sheffield United.

18th - On this day in 1905 Herbert Chapman, later to find fame as a manager, made his Southern League debut for us against Brighton & Hove Albion.

17th - On this day in 1921 one of the strangest games ever staged at White Hart Lane saw our second XI face a team of Music Hall Artistes. Two similar matches had been played prior to the Great War.

16th - On this day in 1985 Garth Crooks scored the only goal as we achieved our first win at Anfield since 1912, exactly 73 years to the day since our last victory there.

15th - 15th - On this day in 1987 our 2-0 FA Cup win at Wimbledon is dedicated to full back Danny Thomas whose career had been ended by a serious injury the previous weekend.

14th - On this day in 1929 Ted Harper signed from Sheffield Wednesday on transfer deadline day. He went on to notch, on average, a goal per game in his 63 League appearances for the Club.

13th - On this day in 1936 one six line paragraph in the Weekly Herald, headlined 'On Trial' stated "Spurs are giving a month's trial to an amateur Wm. E. Nicholson, an inside right of Scarborough Working Man's Club. He recently celebrated his 17th birthday. His height is 5ft 8 ins and weight 10st 12 lbs."

12th - On this day in 1936 Ralph Ward signed from Bradford Park Avenue. A tough character - he sparred with Reggie Meen - Ward went on to make 366 senior appearances in 10 years at the Club.

11th - On this day in 1978 we gained our 500th home point in the Second Division with a 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic.

10th – On this day in 1919 the First Division is expanded by two teams and Arsenal are promoted to one of the extra spots at our expense despite them only finishing sixth in the Second Division.

9th - On this day in 1946 Len Duquemin made his senior debut for the Club within a couple of months of joining our groundstaff from his native Guernsey.

8th - On this day in 1961 Sunderland, the only team to take us to a replay during our Double winning Cup run, are defeated 5-0 in a sixth round tie following a 1-1 draw at Roker Park.

7th - On this day in 1908 Billy Minter made his debut in our colours. He went on to serve as assistant trainer, trainer, manager and assistant secretary until his death in 1942.

6th – On this day in 1985 we suffered our one and only home defeat to date in European competition. A Steve Perryman own goal gave Real Madrid a 1-0 victory in a UEFA Cup fourth round tie.

5th - On this day in 1938 an FA Cup sixth round tie with Sunderland attracted a record attendance to White Hart Lane of 75,038. The visitors win the match 1-0.

4th - On this day in 1949, 26 year old defender Harry Clarke signed from Newport-based Southern League club Lovells Athletic. He gained a Full England cap and was ever-present in our push and run side of 1949-50-51.

3rd - On this day in 1973 Ralph Coates bagged the only goal of the final against Norwich City to secure the Football League Cup for the second time in three years.

2nd - On this day in 1963 Welsh international Terry Medwin made the last of his 215 senior appearances for the Club, against West Bromwich Albion.

1st - On this day in 1995 "Rocket Ronny" Rosenthal turned the Cup replay at Southampton on its head with a hat-trick, this after coming on as a substitute. We ran out 6-2 winners in extra time.

FEBRUARY

28th - On this day in 1936 the Football League management committee scrapped the fixture list in a row with the pools promoters. Home teams would be known but visitors would only be announced two days prior to the fixture. The problem was resolved within a few weeks.

27th - On this day in 1971 we won our first League Cup Final with two late goals from Martin Chivers against third Division opponents Aston Villa at Wembley.

26th - On this day in 1921 Sandy Hunter made his senior debut for the Club. Two months later he won an FA Cup winners medal.

25th - On this day in 1904 we recorded a 1-0 win at Aston Villa in a replayed FA Cup tie after the crowd 'invaded' the pitch at White Hart Lane during the original match, causing it to be abandoned.

24th - On this day in 1900 John Kirwan gained the first Irish cap by a Spur. Welshman Jack Jones was our only other player at the time to have been honoured by his country.

23rd - On this day in 1901 we knocked Bury out of The FA Cup, the first time since the Football League incepted in 1888 that the holders had been eliminated by a non league club.

22nd - On this day in 1937 a dramatic FA Cup replay with Everton ended 4-3 to Spurs. Everton had been 3-1 up with 25 minutes remaining.

21st - On this day in 1989 Mohamed Ali Amar, better known as Nayim, made his senior debut for us. He was immortalised in the hearts of Spurs fans for a goal scored in a European final from the halfway line.

20th - On this day in 1982 Scottish winger Ally Dick, aged 16 years 301 days, became our youngest League player ever when he played against Manchester City at White Hart Lane.

19th - On this day in 1995 Jürgen Klinsmann was appointed captain of Germany during his first spell with us. His tally of 38 goals in 68 games were a crucial contribution to our cause in both of his stints at the Club.

18th - On this day in 1958 Cliff Jones was signed from Swansea. The Welsh international winger gave tremendous service with 159 goals in 378 senior appearances during his ten years at the Club.

17th - On this day in 1900 Bristol based club Bedminster were defeated 5-2 as we strove towards our one and only Southern League championship title.

16th - On this day in 1974 Jose Dominguez was born in Lisbon. His gymnastic goal celebrations brightened up White Hart Lane when he opened his scoring account against Sheffield Wednesday in October, 1997.

15th - On this day in 1969 Roger Morgan made his debut in our colours when he played against his former club Queens Park Rangers who included his twin brother Ian in their line-up.

15th - On this day in 1969 Roger Morgan made his debut in our colours when he played against his former club Queens Park Rangers who included his twin brother Ian in their line-up.

14th - On this day in 1974 Neil McNab signed for Spurs from Morton. Aged 16, he was too young to sign professional so instead signed amateur forms. He was the first 16 year old, and the last amateur, in our League side.

13th - On this day in 1915 Centre forward Jimmy Cantrell netted four goals at Middlesbrough but it is not enough as the home side win 7-5. That is one of only seven such scorelines in the history of the League.

12th - On this day in 1944 Jack Rowley, a guest player from Manchester United, netted a Club record seven of our goals in an 8-1 win over Luton Town.

11th - On this day in 1907 for the only time in our history we needed a second replay to decide consecutive FA Cup ties. Having faced Hull City three times in round one we also required a third match to defeat Blackburn Rovers. Since then only three of our ties have gone to a third game.

10th - On this day in 1986 Pat Jennings played for both sides in a Jersey friendly match, keeping the score down to 1-0 at half time. We eventually ran out 7-0 winners.

9th - On this day in 1929 Arthur Grimsdell made his final senior appearance in our colours. Regarded as one the finest players ever to don a Spurs shirt, he captained both Club and country, lifting The FA Cup aloft following our 1921 triumph.

8th - On this day in 1899 Frank Brettell, our first manager, announced he was to leave as the newly formed Portsmouth club had offered him a better salary.

7th - On this day in 1872 Stanley Briggs was born at Stamford Hill. One of the stars of our 1890's amateur team he stood six feet three inches tall. Stanley later emigrated to Canada where he passed away during 1935.

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.