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The day Hollywood came to WHL...

Posted on 11 December 2009  - 12:00

Cliff Jones recalls a memorable win against Wolves 50 years ago - and Jayne Mansfield...

The day Hollywood came to WHL...

It was just over 50 years ago, but two words sparked Cliff Jones' memory.

'Jayne Mansfield'.

October 10, 1959 was the day the glamour of Hollywood arrived in N17.

Film star and pin-up Jayne Mansfield was a surprise guest at White Hart Lane for a huge match against Wolves in the old First Division.

Wolves were the reigning champions and it was a top-versus-second clash with us perched at the summit via goal average from the Molineux side and unbeaten in our opening 11 fixtures.

A stunning 5-1 win in our favour should have been all that fans were thinking about, but the 'blond bombshell' and star of 'The Girl Can't Help It' and 'Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?' stole the limelight.

One newspaper reported: '...to add to the excitement and entertainment actress Jayne Mansfield, who occupied a place in the stand, not to be outdone in the way of figures, took off her outer wrappings to display her sensational figure to the crowd at half-time'.

"Yes, I remember that," reflected Cliff, the legendary double-winning winger, this week. "Mickey Hargitay, who was Mr Universe, was her husband and I think he was there as well.

"We went into the directors' room afterwards and Fred Bearman, who was chairman at the time, ended up with her sitting on his knee!

"We met her briefly after the game as we all went up to that room. I'm sure there were photographs of her at the game (there is one of her waving to the crowd) and it was something different for everyone!"

Back on the pitch, Bobby Smith stole the football headlines with a four-goal display including a spectacular overhead kick in front of the watching England manager, Walter Winterbottom.

The first half was a tight affair as Smith headed us into an early lead via Terry Medwin's cross, Mason levelled for Wolves but Smith was there again to restore a 2-1 advantage just before half-time, a bullet header from Tommy Harmer's centre.

Cliff powered home a typically brave header from another Medwin cross for 3-1 just after the hour and then two goals in two minutes from Smith completed the rout.

It was an early-warning sign from a team that would win the double the next season - Wolves went on to win the FA Cup that season.

"Things were starting to take shape," added Cliff. "Dave Mackay had joined us in March and added that extra steel and his will to win. We'd also just signed John White (October 8, 1959), another important player for us.

"Wolves were a great side then. They'd won the league the previous season and were so difficult to beat - I seem to recall they played the offside trap, so to beat them 5-1 was a special result for us at the time. We really got it together that day."

Spurs: Brown, Baker, Hopkins, Blanchflower, Norman, Mackay, Medwin, Harmer, Smith, Dunmore, Jones.

Wolves: Finlayson, Harris, Stuart, Flowers, Showell, Slater, Deeley, Broadbent, Murray, Mason, Lill.