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Your 100 Greatest Spurs Moments: 97

Posted on 18 September 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 97 of our new series Your Greatest Spurs Moments, a collection of memories from you, the fans.

We will run the series every Wednesday - unless we've a midweek match - through the season.

Number 97: Tottenham Hotspur 4, Manchester United 1, White Hart Lane, New Year's Day, 1996


As we prepare for our trip to Old Trafford on Saturday, we recall one of the great Spurs nights against the great United team of the mid-1990s.

The story: The highlight (apart from taking four points off Arsenal) of a season where we would feature in the top five from November-March.

United arrived at the Lane en-route to another Premiership title and included the likes of Cantona, Giggs, Keane, Cole, Butt and David Beckham in their line-up.

They also included on-trial French defender William Prunier and he was torn apart by a young Spurs side with the spearhead of Teddy Sheringham and Chris Armstrong on fire.

In the big televised game on New Year's Day, we were the better side throughout and took the lead after 34 minutes through Sheringham. Cole replied within a minute but Sol Campbell, playing in midfield, restored the lead before Armstrong sealed a memorable win with two headers in the second half.

Reserve team boss Colin Calderwood played in the match - here are his memories:

"It's funny, I was moving house the other day and that programme fell out of a box!

"I remember that the team was fairly young. Me and Stuart Nethercott at the back, Darren Caskey and Sol in midfield. Yet again, we had a few injuries!

"It was a high profile game and we were doing well in the league. I think we were second or third after beating them.

"Sol scored that night and Chrissy Armstrong scored two very good headers. It's one of only a few games I've ever kept on tape. It's a terrible copy now because I've played it a few times.

"My memories are of walking off at the end of the game because we'd played particularly well. Even though we were 3-1 up, Andy Cole scored an overhead kick but dangerous play was given because he took it off my head. I remember feeling that would have put the cat amongst the pigeons.

"They had a French lad at the back for them but Teddy Sheringham and Chrissy were brilliant that night. They had a great partnership that season, scored loads of goals.

"You don't forget those games in a hurry. Everything went right. The crowd, the atmosphere, on Sky TV and the first thing I did was go straight home and watch the re-run! And I'm still watching it!"

Andy Webber sent in this match as his Greatest Spurs Moment. He wrote: "My Greatest Spurs Moment would have to be Spurs 4 Man Utd 1 from 95/96 season. I think it was New Years night. Heard it on the radio and will always remember wanting to be there! Also Nayim from the half-way line!"

Look out for out next Greatest Spurs Moment, coming next week...

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...