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Spurs v Newcastle 1950

Posted on 4 August 2004  - 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).

November 18 1950

Spurs 7 Newcastle United 0

THE early 1950s was a golden era for Spurs as Arthur Rowe's team became the first ever side to win the First and Second championships in successive years with their 'Push and Run' style.

This match is seen by many as the turning point for Rowe's side as people finally sat up and took notice of this new-look approach as a powerful Newcastle side, who visited White Hart Lane as League leaders, were demolished by the eventual champions.

Over 70,000 people crammed into White Hart Lane with thousands more locked outside and those lucky enough to get in saw Leslie Bennett finish off a breathtaking six-man move by heading home Eddie Baily's cross after just five minutes.

Twenty minutes later Baily made it 2-0 when he dispossessed Newcastle's Harvey before slotting the ball past Fairbrother. With Rowe's side firmly in the ascendancy the Magpies found themselves chasing shadows and two goals in as many minutes from Les Medley made it 4-0 at half-time to effectively end the game as a contest.

The capacity crowd were treated to a second half of magical football as Spurs continued where they left off in the first period by tearing apart their visitors with their sharp, insipid passing.

Nine minutes after the restart they made it 5-0 when Sonny Walters curled home a 25-yard effort and soon after, the Magpies misery was compounded when they were reduced to ten men when McMichael had to leave the field injured, forcing his side to try and halt the Spurs machine with a numerical disadvantage.

Spurs, showed no let up in the final quarter and Medley completed his hat-trick shortly after McMichael's departure and in the final minute the rout was completed when Alf Ramsey converted a penalty.

The ramifications of this victory were astonishing for Spurs as any doubts about their effectiveness of their novel brand of football were dispelled, after they ripped through a defence seen by many at the time as the best in Britain.

Team: Ditchburn; Ramsey, Willis, Nicholson, Clarke, Brittan, Walters, Bennett, Dunequemin, Baily, Medley.
Attendance: 70,026.