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Posted on 31 December 2007  - 12:00

Saturday's 10-goal cracker against Reading at the Lane created a little piece of Spurs history...

Saturday's 10-goal cracker against Reading at the Lane created a little piece of Spurs history...

It was our first ever involvement in a 6-4 scoreline in a league fixture!

Indeed, since the inception of the Football League in 1888, fewer than 20 top flight games have ended in a 6-4 or 4-6 result.


The 6-4 against Reading was the 39th different scoreline in our league history and the second in the Premier Leagueyears having never previously been involved in a 5-4 or 4-5 result until the Arsenal game during November, 2004.

Of our 3,626 matches in the Football/Premier League since 1908, this was the tenth game to yield 10 goals or more.

The full list reads as follows:
13.02.15 v Middlesbrough away lost 5-7 Division One
19.09.25 v Huddersfield home drew 5-5 Division One
30.08.26 v Sheffield Wednesday home won 7-3 Division One
21.11.31 v Port Vale home won 9-3 Division Two
11.10.58 v Everton home won 10-4 Division One
29.09.62 v Nottingham Forest home won 9-2 Division One
27.03.65 v Wolverhampton Wanderers home won 7-4 Division One
19.03.66 v Aston Villa home drew 5-5 Division One
16.10.76 v Derby County away lost 2-8 Division One
29.12.07 v Reading home won 6-4 Premier League


There have only been three previous instances where we have scored five goals or more in consecutive league fixtures.

Oldham Athletic were our first victims, back in the early 1920’s, when the same opponents were faced the following week.
06.11.20 v Oldham home won 5-1 & 13.11.20 v Oldham away won 5-2
24.10.62 v Manchester United home won 6-2 & 27.10.62 v Orient away won 5-1
30.03.68 v Burnley home won 5-0 & 06.04.68 v Southampton home won 6-1
26.12.07 v Fulham home won 5-1 & 29.12.07 v Reading home won 6-4


Following up the 5-1 Boxing Day victory over Fulham with the 6-4 win against Reading saw us notch five-goal hauls in consecutive home league games for the first time in 22 years.

Newcastle United and Sheffield Wednesday were both defeated by 5-1 scorelines during September, 1985, Newcastle on the 7th and Wednesday a fortnight later.

There are 10 further instances of us netting five or more in consecutive home league games, the pick of the bunch being the first occasion in 1930 when we opened the Second Division season with a 7-1 win versus Reading on Saturday, August 30 followed by an 8-1 victory against Burnley on Monday, September 1.

We also once achieved five-goal hauls in three consecutive home league fixtures. That came during the 1950-51 League Championship campaign when Stoke City were defeated 6-1 on October 21, Portsmouth 5-1 on November 4 and Newcastle United 7-0 on November 18.


The 16 goals scored in the combined Fulham and Reading matches was the highest yield in consecutive home league games since 1966 when we beat Fulham 4-3 on February 19 and drew 5-5 with Aston Villa on March 19.

The record appears to be 20 goals back in November, 1931 when we defeated Swansea Town 6-2 and Port Vale 9-3 in the Second Division.

Two instances of 19 goals have been found; during October, 1958 when the 10-4 Everton scoreline was followed by a 2-3 defeat by Leeds United; and September/October, 1962 when a 4-4 draw with Arsenal followed the 9-2 win over Nottingham Forest.


Dimitar Berbatov’s four-goal haul against Reading sees him join Jurgen Klinsmann as the only other player to have scored four goals for us in a Premier League fixture. Jurgen did so in a 6-2 win over Wimbledon at Selhurst Park on May 2, 1998.

Gary Lineker also scored four at Selhurst Park, in a 5-3 First Division victory over Wimbledon on September 21, 1991. Martin Peters claimed all four in our 4-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on October 28, 1972.

The last Spurs player to notch four goals in a league game at White Hart Lane was Colin Lee against Bristol Rovers on October 22, 1977. He made his debut for us that afternoon in a 9-0 Second Division win.

More recently, on September 26, 1990, Paul Gascoigne scored four goals in our 5-0 League Cup win over Hartlepool United.

Until now, Jimmy Greaves was the last Spur to score four at home in the top flight. He did so in a 5-1 win against Sunderland on November 16, 1968.

With thanks to Club Historian Andy Porter...