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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).
We asked for your recollections and yarns from previous encounters with Sunday’s opponents Southampton — they came thick and fast!
Games against Southampton always bring back memories of my first ever match back in March 1985 when Spurs beat Southampton 5-1 at the Lane.
Our side contained the likes of Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles, Steve Perryman, Garth Crooks and Mark Falco, while Peter Shilton was in goal for Southampton. Obviously after seeing a big win in front of a big crowd I was hooked.
Other memorable games with Southampton include a trip to a rain-soaked Dell in the 88-89 season when Chris Waddle lobbed Saints keeper John Burridge from about 40 yards and new boy Nayim converted a cheeky free kick to give us a 2-0 win.
A few years later our first game of the season was at The Dell, we had won the FA Cup the previous season (1991) and everyone was buzzing. We won 3-2 that day, Gary Lineker got a couple and Gordon Durie scored on his debut after a certain Alan Shearer had given the home side a 2nd minute lead.
I was smack bang behind the goal when we scored 4 goals in 4 minutes & 44 seconds against Southampton at White Hart Lane a few years ago. It was incredible. I was only at a couple of games that season but what a game to pick. If I remember correctly we were 1-0 down at half time before we had that mad 4-minute spell. It all ended when Barmby got injured after a nasty tackle and we sat back from then on. I think the game finished 4-2.
I will never forget that experience.
The 7-2 thrashing of Southampton was a great day for 2 reasons. First and quite obviously, Graham's boys giving the Saints a right battering after going behind twice. Secondly and more importantly, that was the Saturday, we discovered my wife was expecting our first baby.
I remember the best Spurs V Saints game ever: 1993 at WHL, Ian Dowie opened the scoring. I was stood behind the goal in Paxton Road when my friend who happened to be a saints fan phoned me from the other end of the stadium laughing...." Saints have never lost a game when Ian Dowie scores first " he said.
I wasn't too impressed and hung up quite quickly... Then it happened, The infamous 4 goals in four minutes with the piece of commentary that will stick in my mind for ever.
"There queueing up for goals... SHERINGHAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" - "Its Four". We beat them 4-2 and it safe to say that my mate kept quiet on the way home! I also believe that that was the game where Anderton scored his first ever goal for Spurs.
The 6-2 Southampton drubbing coincided with my 18th birthday celebrations.... Got p****d, fit bird and Tottenham won... it doesn’t get any better than that.
I remember a very rain sodden pitch when Chris Waddle chipped the keeper from just inside the Southampton half and a one-nil win for Spurs. Boy was it wet a really miserable trip for me from Worcestershire and back and I don't think it stopped raining all day.
I also remember listening on the radio to a 0-0 at the dell on the last day of the season during a second division match. I had seen Spurs 30 times that season including 9-0 (almost as unbelievable as England 5 Germany 1) and couldn't get a ticket for love nor money. Well I listened to the second half commentary as they didn't do the first half in those days and kept running out to the garden during the last 10 minutes as I couldn't listen, gingerly returning within earshot before the next Southampton attack and running away again.
A lifelong Spurs fan
...when Spurs played Southampton at The Lane in '93 and we won 4-2. The most magical moment about that game is when we scored 4 goals in something like 4 mins 43 seconds and entered the record books. 2 for Sheringham, 1 for Barmby and 1 for Anderton. A classic game!
Southampton 2 Tottenham 6. I can remember that particular match pretty well. It started with us having Stuart Nethercott in the side to mark Matt LeTissier.
My uncle and cousins had come round to watch the match and turned up late with us already two-nil down. I think the game was about 40 minutes old, with us looking like we'd never get into the Southampton half let alone score when Gerry Francis decided to take off Nethercott and bring on "The Rocket".
When I saw this the words that sarcastically left my mouth were "Oh good, here comes Ronny, what's the point it that, it's not like he's going to come on and score a hat-trick is it".
The rest is history and one of greatest solo performances I have ever seen. My uncle and cousins have never let me forget about my "faith" in Ronny Rocket.
I remember drawing 1 - 1, at White Hart Lane with Ian Walker neatly saving a Le Tissier pen. Then we went down to the Dell. That was a great night because me and a few others were ready to leave the game at half time to go in a pub. And when we saw Rosenthal come on we thought we had no chance.
Cimino from Enfield
I think the year was 1983. My visits to The Lane in those days were restricted to midweek fixtures as my dad has always worked on Saturdays and I was too young to attend solo.
I remember this certain game against Saints, notably because of the six-nil scoreline in our favour (including a missed/saved penalty) against a certain Peter Shilton who was arguably the best goalkeeper in the world at the time.
I think Tony Galvin (a huge favourite of mine) scored two, maybe three, that night. And I also remember a veteran Alan Ball having his high-pitched voice mimicked whenever he would come anywhere near the wire fencing of the shelfside.
Anthony Mouyia, Reading