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Spurs Diary - December

Posted on 1 December 2015  - 07:15

Looking ahead and back on events on the same day in years gone by.



1945    A hat-trick for Jack Gibbons as Spurs beat Millwall 5-1 in the war time Football League South at the Lane.

2013    We draw 2-2 with Manchester United at Old Trafford where Kyle Walker (pictured, above) and Sandro score for us.


1941    Mike England born in Greenfield, North Wales, and would join us from Blackburn Rovers in August, 1966.

1961    We win 4-2 at West Bromwich Albion as we battle to retain the title.


1932    Willie Evans tripped by an opponent – as he runs up to take a penalty! He scores from the re-take to complete a 7-0 home win over Swansea.

1994    Teddy Sheringham scores three at home to Newcastle United. We win 4-2.


1991    Paul Allen (pictured, below) and Gordon Durie net as we return from Coventry with a 2-1 League Cup victory.

2013    Vlad Chiriches scores in our 2-1 win at Fulham. Lewis Holtby also hits the target.



WEST BROMWICH ALBION v SPURS, Barclays Premier League, at The Hawthorns, 3pm

Grant Ward’s 21st birthday.

1948    Terry Naylor born in Islington. He would join us as an amateur before turning professional in July, 1969.

1996    Steffen Iversen signs from Rosenborg.


1972    Two goals for Martin Chivers as we beat Liverpool 3-1 in a League Cup fifth round replay at the Lane. John Pratt also nets. We go on to win the competition.

1977    Paul McVeigh born in Belfast. He would make his Spurs debut at Aston Villa in April, 1997.


1895    We lose 3-0 to London Caledonians in a home friendly.

2010    Spurs go top of Champions League Group A with a 3-3 draw at FC Twente. Jermain Defoe scores twice.


1990    We draw 3-3 at home to Sunderland. Paul Walsh scores twice. The Black Cats are relegated at the end of the season.

2002    Our first Premier League meeting with West Brom ends in a 3-1 Spurs win at the Lane. Christian Ziege opens the scoring in the third minute.


1995    Teddy Sheringham’s goal is enough to beat Queens Park Rangers at White Hart Lane. Rangers go down at the conclusion of the campaign.

2000    Ledley King scores the fastest ever Premier League – after less than 10 seconds at Bradford City. The match ends 3-3.


SPURS v MONACO, UEFA Europa League, MD6, at White Hart Lane, 8.05pm

1931    Double-winning right-back Peter Baker born in Hampstead. He would join us as an amateur in June, 1949.

1988    Geordie pair Chris Waddle and Paul Gascoigne score our goals in a 2-0 home win over Millwall.

11    FRIDAY

1962    We win 3-2 against Rangers at Ibrox in the first round of the European Cup Winners’ Cup to complete an 8-4 aggregate scoreline. Bobby Smith (pictured, below) scores twice.

1965    Cliff Jones hits two and sets up another goal in a 4-2 home win over Chelsea.



1964    Alan Gilzean signs from Dundee.

1992    Paul Allen bags the winner as we beat Arsenal 1-0 at the Lane.

13    SUNDAY

SPURS v NEWCASTLE UNITED, Barclays Premier League, at White Hart Lane, 4pm

1975    We go down 4-0 at home to eventual champions Liverpool. Steve Walford makes his Spurs debut.

1980    Steve Archibald and Glenn Hoddle share our goals in a 2-1 home win over Manchester City.

14    MONDAY

1960    Chris Waddle born in Gateshead and would join us from Newcastle United in July, 1985.

2014    A 2-1 win at Swansea City with an early goal from Harry Kane and a late one by Christian Eriksen.


1984    We win 2-1 at Watford where Mark Falco and Garth Crooks share our goals.

2011    Job done in Dublin following a 4-0 triumph against Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League.


1899    David Copeland scores a hat-trick in a 6-1 Southern League win at Cowes – but Cowes subsequently disband and the result is expunged from the records.

1989    Gary Lineker’s goal gives us a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.


1980    Steve Perryman among our five separate goalscorers as we beat Ipswich Town 5-3 at home.

2014    Nabil Bentaleb (pictured, below) opens the scoring as we progress in the League Cup with a 4-0 fifth round home win over Newcastle.


18    FRIDAY

1965    After beating Manchester United 5-1 at the Lane a month before, we then travel to Old Trafford – where we lose by the same scoreline!

2004    Jermain Defoe bags a hat-trick in a 5-1 home win over Southampton.


SOUTHAMPTON v SPURS, Barclays Premier League, at St Mary’s Stadium, 3pm

1914    We lose 6-0 at home to Sunderland – and then crash 5-0 at Roker Park in the last match of the season. We go down as the First Division’s bottom club.

1959    Les Allen makes his debut at home to Newcastle. We win 4-0.

20    SUNDAY

1997    We ease our relegation fears with a 3-0 home win over bottom club Barnsley. David Ginola scores twice.

2006    We need an extra time goal from Jermain Defoe to beat Southend United in the League Cup at the Lane.

21    MONDAY

1895    Our first match as a professional club sees us beat Casuals 3-1 in a friendly.

1996    John Scales makes his Spurs debut in a 1-1 home draw with Sheffield Wednesday.



1991    Paul Walsh and Gary Lineker (pictured, above, with Paul Gascoigne) enjoy goals as we win 2-1 at Crystal Palace.

2013    Nabil Bentaleb goes on as a 50th minute substitute to make his senior debut at Southampton where we win 3-2. Emmanuel Adebayor scores twice.


1962    Terry Gibson born in Walthamstow and would start out with us as an apprentice in April, 1979.

2002    Our final league match at Manchester City’s old Maine Road ground ends in a 3-2 Spurs win. Christian Ziege is sent off in the 86th minute for a second booking, both for dissent.


1904    We are leading 2-1 at home to Southampton in the Western League but heavy rain sees the game abandoned at half-time.

1955    Bobby Smith makes his Spurs debut. We win 2-0 at home to Luton Town. Johnny Brooks and Len Duquemin score.

25    FRIDAY

Season’s Greetings from all at the Lane!

1956    A festive cracker for Spurs fans at the Lane where we beat Everton 6-0. Terry Medwin and Bobby Smith score two apiece.

2011    Sad news as our former Fifties winger George Robb dies. RIP.


SPURS v NORWICH CITY, Barclays Premier League, at White Hart Lane, 3pm

Hugo Lloris’s 29th birthday.


1962    We get our revenge on Ipswich for taking our Championship crown with a 5-0 win at the Lane. Jimmy Greaves hits a hat-trick.

2014    Harry Kane, after 59 seconds, and Christian Eriksen score as we head home from Leicester City following a 2-1 win.

27    SUNDAY

1920    We beat Newcastle 2-0 in the First Division with 54,500 fans packed into White Hart Lane.

2011    A Gareth Bale brace earns us a 2-0 Tuesday night win at Norwich.

28    MONDAY

WATFORD v SPURS, Barclays Premier League, at Vicarage Road, 3pm

1997    Allan Nielsen nets in a 1-1 home draw with eventual champions Arsenal.

1998    A Chris Armstrong hat-trick helps us see off Everton 4-1 at the Lane.


1984    We stay top of the First Division table with a 2-0 home win over Sunderland. We eventually finish third with Sunderland relegated.

2007    An amazing 6-4 home win over Reading in the Premier League. Dimitar Berbatov bags four.


1977    Kazuyuki Toda (pictured, below) born in Tokyo. The Japanese international would play briefly on loan for us towards the end of the 2002-03 season.

1978    A 1-1 draw at Everton where Peter Taylor nets for us.



Cameron Carter-Vickers’ 18th birthday.

1921    We beat Preston North End 5-0 on our way to a final second place finish in the Division One table, the best by a London club to date.

1932    We end the year with a 3-0 Division Two win at Charlton Athletic on our way to securing promotion back to the top flight.