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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).
From Ray Berg: For me I think the last game of the season in Division Two down at the Dell. Despite having seemingly been assured of promotion all season we coughed and spluttered in the last few games (losing 3-2 to Sunderland in our last home game I think) we needed a point to go up. I was about 10 and went to the game with my Dad. The car broke down and we got to the game with not much time to spare. It was like the stories I'd been told about in the good old days as people made way to allow us to get to the front. I have to confess to remembering little about the game other than the absolute elation at the end when the whistle went and we were promoted. For good measure as if the excitement had got to me I was admitted to hospital the next day and had my appendix out.
I also remember a few years later beating them 6-0 at home when Peter Shilton was in goal for the Saints and a 4-4 Boxing Bay draw in which Gary Brooke scored a couple.
From Ben Scott: My first ever game I saw Spurs play in was at the Dell in February 1989. Spurs were in a good run of form in the second half of that season, driven by Paul Gascoigne and Chris Waddle. Gazza was suspended that day (surprise!) but Waddle played in a rain soaked match. The game finished 2-0 to Spurs - Waddle scored a fantastic goal from about 35 yards out, over John Burridge in the Saints goal (voted by ITV as one of the goals of the season) and Nayim squeezed in a free-kick for the second. It was a great first game to see and an absolute joy to see the flying England winger (my boyhood idol!) at his very best that day.
From Simon Tostevin: A fascinating game for myself was when with Klinsmann at Spurs we played the Saints at the Dell and lost 4-3. Ok we lost but it was the only time I saw Klinsmann live and remember in the away end for Spurs fans watching Sheringham practice shots from a tight angle near the byline in warm up and in the game he went on to dribble past the Saints keeper from the exact place he was practicing in warm up he scored in off the far post. It was great to see his dedication pay off!
From Royston Reeves, Hastings: I remember when we banged 4 goals in an amazing 4 and a half minutes back in 1992/93 season, to win 4-2. Tim Flowers looked a sorry sight. I missed the whole of the first half due to train delays. Thankfully I didn't miss any of the goals from Teddy (2), Barmby and Anderton.
From Mikkel Petersen, Denmark: I remember the 7-2 victory over Southampton. I am a fan from Denmark, I have seen Spurs play many times, but never seen them win at the Lane or away, until that day. It was only a week after Spurs have played 1-1 with poor Bradford and I was not very confident. The Saints took the lead 1-0 and 2-1 and I thought oh no, not again, never seen them win, only at TV, but then Tottenham played superb and suddenly in front 4-2. The second half was absolutely superb. Ginola played a fantastic game and Iversen grabbed a hat-trick!
From Jon Goddard, Kettering: Saints v Spurs, 1978. There has been many high scoring encounters over the years between the two clubs but the one that comes to mind as far as I am concerned is a simple 0-0 draw at the end of the season.Why that one? To some of you not old enough to remember it we were in the old 2nd Division and needed a point to gain promotion likewise Southampton. There was no real drama except for one vital moment when one of their players hit the post from about seven yards out, my heart was litereally in my mouth from then on until the final whistle because if that one had gone it would have meant another season of 2nd Division football. Spurs needed that precious point like never before. The final whistle came and Spurs fans went absolutely nuts and invaded the pitch in celebration from one side and one whole terrace behind the goal, we must have stayed on that turf for over 20 minutes, and all that mattered was that we were up. We finished third that season, the last promotional rung on the ladder, but it was enough to secure football to the top flight.