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9-1 - the stats

Sunday's 9-1 win against Wigan represents our biggest margin of victory in a top-flight encounter since joining the Football Leaue in 1908.

Sunday's 9-1 win against Wigan represents our biggest margin of victory in a top-flight encounter since joining the Football Leaue in 1908.

Previously, we had recorded seven-goal margins of victories against Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest and Burnley in the old First Division.

We last scored nine goals in a game against Bristol Rovers during October, 1977 with Colin Lee netting four on his debut for us and the late Ian Moores also netting a hat-trick.

Our last nine-goal haul in the top flight was against Forest during September, 1962.

Since joining the Football League in 1908, we have now notched seven goals or more in a game on 20 occasions, 10 times in the old First Division, eight in the Second Division and twice in the Premier League.

In addition, we can claim seven or more in a further 10 cup matches - six in the FA Cup, three in European competition plus one in the Football League Cup.

Listed below are all 30 instances of our having netted seven or more goals in a match - all were home matches.

11.10.1958 Everton 10-4 Division One
22.10.1977 Bristol Rovers 9-0 Division Two
22.11.2009 Wigan Athletic 9-1 Premiership
29.09.1962 Nottingham Forest 9-2 Division One
21.11.1931 Port Vale 9-3 Division Two
28.03.1936 Southampton 8-0 Division Two
01.09.1930 Burnley 8-1 Division Two
03.12.1932 Swansea Town 7-0 Division Two
12.11.1949 Sheffield United 7-0 Division Two
18.11.1950 Newcastle United 7-0 Division One
07.09.1968 Burnley 7-0 Division One
30.08.1930 Reading 7-1 Division Two
25.12.1952 Middlesbrough 7-1 Division One
18.09.1957 Birmingham City 7-1 Division One
02.11.1935 Swansea Town 7-2 Division Two
22.01.1955 Sheffield Wednesday 7-2 Division One
15.04.1963 Liverpool 7-2 Division One
11.03.2000 Southampton 7-2 Premiership
30.08.1926 Sheffield Wednesday 7-3 Division One
27.03.1965 Wolverhampton Wand. 7-4 Division One

03.02.1960 Crewe Alexandra 13-2 FA Cup 4 replay
15.01.1923 Worksop Town 9-0 FA Cup 1 replay
28.09.1971 Keflavik 9-0 UEFA Cup 1
12.01.1953 Tranmere Rovers 9-1 FA Cup 3 replay
28.09.1983 Drogheda United 8-0 UEFA Cup 1
20.09.1961 Gornik 8-1 European Cup Prel.
30.10.1897 2nd Coldstream Guards 7-0 FA Cup 3 Qual.
19.01.1910 Plymouth Argyle 7-1 FA Cup 1 replay
07.01.1939 Watford 7-1 FA Cup 3
03.12.1975 Doncaster Rovers 7-2 League Cup 5


Jermain Defoe's five-goal haul was only the fourth time that a Spur has netted as many in a peacetime match, and only the second to do so in the top flight.

Ted Harper scored five in the 1930 Reading fixture above and Alf Stokes did likewise in 1957 v Birmingham City. Les Allen claimed five in the 1960 cup replay with Crewe.

Jermain is also the first Spur to score two hat-tricks or better in the same League campaign since Gary Lineker during 1991-92. Gary notched four in a 5-3 win over Wimbledon at Selhurst Park on September 21 and all of our goals in a 3-0 home win versus West Ham United on April 1. His tally included a penalty in each game.

The last player to do so without including a penalty was Clive Allen during 1986-87; in the 3-0 win at Aston Villa on August 23 and the 3-0 home win over Norwich City on April 4.

Jermain's first three goals were timed during a spell of six minutes 59 seconds. The only instance to rival this in recent years is Jurgen Klinsmann who scored his second third and fourth goals in a 6-2 Premier League win over Wimbledon at Selhurst Park on May 2, 1998 timed at five minutes six seconds.

With thanks to Club Historian Andy Porter...