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Once Upon - John Hill

Posted on 24 January 2003  - 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).

On the site I read an entry headed Once upon a Spur, edited by Barry Howorth.

The following may be of interest to some of the readers of that entry.

I attended many of the Spurs home matches with my brother as schoolboys during the 1939 to 1945 war. We paid an extra 6d to get into the boys enclosure along the touch line right in the centre.

Ted Ditchburn in goal and Alf Ramsey centre half back were amongst the many heros of the time. Dennis Compton, better known as a cricketer, played for a time on the left wing. His brother Leslie played as a back for arsenal.

The strongest visiting team by a long way were Aldershot who had the pick of the army footballers stationed there. International players Britain, Cullis and Mercer were their half back line on one occasion.

My most vivid memory is of a game against West Ham in the spring of 1944 at the height of the Flying Bomb"Doodle Bug"raids.The game had been going for some time when we heard the unmistakeable and menacing sound of a Flying Bomb engine aand then saw the thing itself flying across the end of the ground. The referee eventually blew his whistle to stop the game annd the two teams, referee and linesmen and the whole crowd watched as it flew on a short distance. The engine then cut out shortly followed by the explosion. The referee then blew his whistle for play to resume. I can't remember the result of the match.

I would be interested to hear if any of your older readers wer at that match.

John Hill