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Spurs Diary - June

01 June 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Looking ahead and back on events on the same day in years gone by.


1926    George Robb born at Finsbury Park. He would join us, initially as an amateur, in December, 1951, but not turn professional until June, 1953, due to his teaching commitments.

1959    We travel to Dynamo Kiev for a friendly where Johnny Brooks (pictured above) scores twice as we win 2-1 in front of a 60,000 crowd.


1912    Our friendly in Vienna against Olympic Players ends in a 3-0 defeat. We had already played them twice in Budapest during the previous week – a 2-2 draw followed by a 4-3 win.

1928    Goalkeeper Ron Reynolds born in Haslemere. He would join us from Aldershot in July, 1950.


1879    Our legendary amateur international striker Vivian Woodward born in Kennington and would play for us between 1900-09.

2011    USA international goalkeeper Brad Friedel signs from Aston Villa.


1959    We return from Leningrad after losing the third match of our USSR tour 3-1 to a CCCP Select side. Johnny Brooks is again our goalscorer.

1979    Captain Steve Perryman lifts the Japan Cup after a 2-0 final win over Dundee United in Tokyo. Gordon Smith (pictured below) and Ossie Ardiles are our marksmen.



1909    On tour to Argentina and Uruguay, we draw 2-2 with Everton in Buenos Aires. Walter Tull and Bert Middlemiss score.

1968    Spurs skipper Alan Mullery becomes the first England player to be sent off in an international match when he is dismissed against Yugoslavia in the European Championships in Florence. England lose to the only goal.


1925    Goalkeeper Bill Jacques, who played in our 1920 promotion team, dies in Dartford following illness. He is just 36.

1927    Defender Ralph Wetton born in Rowland Gill, County Durham. He would sign for us as amateur from local side Cheshunt in June, 1949, and move up to full professional status within a year.


1941    A young Ivor Broadis scores for us in our war league 2-1 home win over Fulham. He would advance to earn renown with Manchester City, Newcastle United and England.

2005    Defender Charlie Withers, who played for us between 1947-56, passes away in Devon. Born in Edmonton, he started with us straight from school in 1938.


Will Miller’s 20th birthday.

1870    Centre-half James McNaught, who signed for us from Newton Heath in May, 1898, is born in Dumbarton. He would give us nine years of excellent service before moving on to Maidstone in April, 1907.

1974    We beat Mauritius 5-0 in Curepipe. Martin Chivers (pictured below) scores a hat-trick while Alan Gilzean bags two.



1907    Winger Jimmy Smailes born in South Moor, Yorkshire. He would join us from Huddersfield Town in March, 1931, and score on his debut at home to Bradford City.

2006    Cameroon international left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto signs from Lens.

10    FRIDAY

1981    On tour in Turkey, we win 4-0 at Trabzonspor. Ricky Villa, Ossie Ardiles, Mark Falco and Garth Crooks share our goals.

2001    Uruguay international midfielder Gus Poyet signs from Chelsea.


1865    Former Celtic centre-forward John Madden born in Dumbarton. His move to Spurs came in December, 1897. He later coached Slavia Prague.

1983    We beat Manchester United in Swaziland to win the Royal Swazi Hotel tournament following a penalty shoot-out. Steve Perryman and Gary Mabbutt score in open play after which Ray Clemence saves four penalties.

12    SUNDAY

1945    Future Northern Ireland international Pat Jennings born in Newry and would join us from Watford in June, 1964.

1966    Alan Gilzean decides the outcome with the only goal of our friendly with a national XI in Mexico City.

13    MONDAY

Ryan Mason’s 25th birthday.


1889    Centre-forward Harry Sparrow born in Faversham. He would die on the same day in 1973.

2012    Harry Redknapp’s reign as Spurs manager comes to an end.


1952    Five different scorers in our 5-0 demolition of Manchester United in Toronto – Sonny Walters, Les Bennett, Len Duquemin, Eddie Baily and Les Medley.

1971    Centre-half Ramon Vega born in Olten, Switzerland, and would play for us between 1997-2000.


1952    We meet United again the following day on our USA tour – and beat them 7-1 in New York. Len Duquemin bags four.

1959    Future Scottish international striker Alan Brazil born in Glasgow. He would join us from Ipswich Town in March, 1983.


1974    Three goals for Alan Gilzean as we win 6-0 in Mauritius.

1983    The club announces plans to float shares on the Stock Market.

17    FRIDAY

1908    Stoke’s resignation from the Football League presents us with our chance to launch our ultimately successful campaign to replace them.

1966    We defeat Bayern Munich 3-0 in Detroit where Terry Venables, Frank Saul and Keith Weller all score.


1876    Jock Montgomery, believed to be our first ever professional player, born in Chryston, Lanarkshire.

1998    Allan Nielsen scores for Denmark against South Africa in the World Cup in France. The match ends 1-1.

19    SUNDAY

1909    We lose our only game of our seven-match tour to Argentina and Uruguay as we go down 4-0 to Everton in Buenos Aires.

2015    We announce the signing of right-back Kieran Trippier (pictured below) from Burnley.


20    MONDAY

1942    Freddie Mills knocks out Len Harvey in a world light-heavyweight title fight at White Hart Lane.

1973    Goalkeeper Joe Nicholls, who left the Grenadier Guards to join Spurs in September, 1926, dies in Nottingham.


1947    Charlie Rundle on target in a 2-0 win at St Etienne. Les Bennett also scores.

1968    Utility player Billy ‘Sapper’ Sage dies in Enfield following a Spurs career that stretched between 1919-26.


1976    Terry Neill resigns as Spurs boss and is replaced by coach Keith Burkinshaw.

1984    We are fined by the Football League for fielding a weakened team at Southampton, just two days before the first leg of our UEFA Cup Final with Anderlecht in Brussels. We lose 5-0 at The Dell.


1880    Scottish international striker Alex Young born in Slamannan, Stirlingshire. He scores the only goal of Everton’s 1906 FA Cup Final triumph and joins us in June, 1911, scoring on his Spurs debut – at Everton! Later moves to Australia where he is subsequently jailed for the manslaughter of his brother.

24    FRIDAY

1965    We beat Maccabi in Tel Aviv to win the John White Cup. Alan Mullery, Dave Mackay and Alan Gilzean all score in our 3-2 win.

2003    Portuguese international striker Helder Postiga (pictured below) signs from Porto.



1973    Future England international midfielder Jamie Redknapp born at Barton-on-Sea. After playing in our youth side, he returns to the Lane in April, 2002.

1984    Peter Shreeves’ appointment as Spurs manager is confirmed.

26    SUNDAY

1948    John Pratt born in Hackney. He would turn professional with us in November, 1965, and later serve as our assistant manager.

1998    Darren Anderton scores England’s opening goal in the 2-0 win over Colombia in the World Cup finals in France.

27    MONDAY

1900    Goalkeeper Bill Kaine born in East Ham and would join us from West Ham in May, 1925.

2008    Brazil international goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes signs from PSV Eindhoven.


1941    Legendary winger Bert Middlemiss, who played for us between 1907-20, dies in Brixham.


1998    Jurgen Klinsmann scores for Germany (pictured below) against Mexico in the World Cup in France.

2007    Darren Bent becomes our new record signing when we pay Charlton Athletic £16.5 million for his services.



1995    Record signing at the time, Chris Armstrong signs from Crystal Palace for £4.5 million.

2006    Ivory Coast international Didier Zokora joins us from St Etienne.