Ian Walker made a welcome return to Spurs colours as our Legends beat Cliff Jones' Celebrity XI 8-0 on Sunday.
In the end, a four-goal masterclass from David Howells delighted fans at Waltham Abbey FC as the Legends cruised to an 8-0 victory over double-winning legend Cliff's an all-star team.
Around 800 supporters packed into the stadium to watch a team of ex-White Hart Lane favourites including former goalkeeper 'Walks', who played over 300 times for us between 1991-2001.
He was joined by regulars Mark Falco, Garry Brooke and Stuart Nethercott against a celebrity side which included Radio One's DJ Nihal, Paul Hawksbee from talkSPORT radio, pop star Anthony Costa and comedian Phil Cornwell.
"I was really pleased with the turnout and it’s been a fantastic response from the public for a worthwhile charity,” said Cliff, in the knowledge that the event had raised a large sum in support of Violet Reynolds, a local four-year-old girl who suffers from Autism.
He added: “Both sides acquitted themselves very well, and although Spurs’ superiority showed, we managed to get ourselves up to full fitness in the second half.”
David McDonald put Spurs into a fifth-minute lead after good work by Nethercott on the right, before Falco’s shot from inside the box was superbly pushed onto the post by the opposing goalkeeper.
On 17 minutes it was 2-0 when Howells slotted home after being played in behind the defence, with the same player adding Tottenham’s third on 22 minutes when he pounced to fire in from the rebound after David Kerslake’s shot was saved.
Shortly before the end of the first half, Howells was upended in the box, but was promptly back on his feet to complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot.
For the celebrity side, Hawksbee ventured out of his position at centre-half to try his luck in attack towards the end of the first period, but a solid Spurs defence meant he didn’t get the service he needed to have an effect.
Without a great deal to do in the first half, Walker ventured outfield for the second period and was replaced in goal by substitute stopper Tony Tillbrook.
He was soon in the thick of the action as he got on the end of a cross from Andy Edmunds but saw his shot sail just over the bar.
James Bunn volleyed home Tottenham’s fifth goal on 53 minutes, before Cornwell was dispossessed inside his own half by Edmunds but the celebrity side was able to soak up the resulting pressure.
Falco finally got the goal he had been desperately seeking on the hour mark when he fired in to make it 6-0 following Steve Smart’s cross, before Howells took his tally for the afternoon to four when he converted another spot kick after Mark Stimson was upended in the box.
The scoring was completed on 65 minutes when Howells set up Bunn with a cheeky back-heel and the latter fired in from outside the area.
Walker later went close with another volley, which coaxed a roar from the large crowd.
“To pull on the Spurs shirt again was a real treat for me,” enthused Walker after the game. “It’s nice to be back to see some of the old players, especially as I haven’t seen some of them for four or five years.”
Spurs Legends: Ian Walker, David Kerslake, Andy Edmunds, Stuart Nethercott, John Lacy (sub: Tony Tillbrook, 45), Garry Brooke (sub: James Bunn, 45), Mark Stimson, David McDonald, Steve Smart, Mark Falco (sub: Micky Southam, 61), David Howells (sub: Tony Galvin, 80).
Click the arrows at the top of the page for more pictures...
With thanks to Billy Shaw...