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Your 100 Greatest Spurs Moments: 90

Posted on 4 December 2002  - 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).

Welcome to number 90 of our series Your Greatest Spurs Moments - a collection of memories from you, the fans.

Next up, we recall a scruffy goal from five yards at Barnsley that meant so much in the 1997-98 season.

Number 90: Premiership, Barnsley 1-1 Spurs, April 18, 1998

COLIN GOES MAD AT BARNSLEY

Few will forget the day Colin Calderwood went mad at Oakwell - not least Colin himself.

The versatile Scottish international scored eight goals in his distinguished Spurs career but none as important as his scrappy five-yard effort to secure a 1-1 draw against Barnsley.

We were fighting for our Premiership survival when we travelled to Yorkshire for a vital fixture. Victory for Barnsley would have lifted them out of the drop zone and leave us another step closer to the First Division.

There was a bit of history as well as the Tykes had knocked us out of the FA Cup just two months earlier in controversial fashion - Steve Clemence was sent off for 'diving' and Jurgen Klinsmann was stretched off with a broken jaw.

Colin, now reserve team boss, takes up the story...

"Barnsley had already put us out of the FA Cup so there was a little spice in there.

"We went there around March time and if they'd have won, they would have leapfrogged us out of the relegation zone. If that had happened, the rest of our games would have been very difficult.

"It was a very important game and the lads realised it.

"We didn't start well, went 1-0 down and their crowd were certainly letting us know all about it. Fortunately, from a corner, Allan Nielsen had a shot, I was at the near post and all I needed to do was get a touch on it and deflect it in.

"I realised the importance of the goal and my celebrations reflected that. I've some good pictures of it, telling the crowd to be quiet! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

"Anyway, Ramon Vega then got sent off and I got moved back into central defence for the rest of the game.

"I'll always remember that game. It's funny when you talk to people but Spurs fans remember it as well, a lot of people do. It shouldn't be a memorable one, but it is.

"It was the most important goal I scored as well.

"We would have been in a lot of bother if we'd lost it. It was a great feeling that in adversity, how much the crowd got behind us and we went on to get some very good results for the rest of that season, at Palace, at Wimbledon, home to Newcastle, handsome results and we ended up finishing about eleventh.

"At the time though, that was a massive game to keep us out of the relegation zone. It shouldn't have happened but that was where we found ourselves."

Spurs line-up: Walker, Calderwood, Fox, Nielsen, Ferdinand (Anderton, 70), Carr, Ginola, Vega (sent off 65), Campbell, Klinsmann (Armstrong, 45), Berti. Subs not used: Baardsen, Scales, Clemence.

This was the Greatest Moment of John Stephens from Enfield.

He recalled: "There have been so many moments, Ricky at Wembley, Gazza, Ginola's goal at Barnsley and Chelsea last season, but I'll always remember Colin Calderwood scoring at Barnsley in 1999. We were in a bit of trouble at the time and I daren't think what might have happened if we'd have lost. Barnsley had already beaten us as well and they were 1-0 up in this game when Colin scored from about two yards. He went ballistic! I can then remember Ramon Vega getting sent off but we held on for a draw."

This is not a countdown of your greatest moments in descending order according to votes - numbers 100-10 are being picked at random from all of the memories collected. However, we will publish the top 10 most popular moments in terms of votes when we reach that stage of the series...