01 August 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Fresh from a thumping 10-3 victory last weekend, the Spurs Legends continue their hectic summer schedule this Sunday (August 4) as they head to Surrey for an outing at Godalming Town FC.
Names from the 1980s and 1990s will once again be on show, as our ever-popular veterans team takes part in a charity match in memory of local youngster Georgia Harrison, who died aged six in June 2012.
The Legends team regularly sees 1980s stars such as Tony Galvin and Paul Miller joined by 1990s stalwarts like David Howells and Stuart Nethercott, with fans getting the chance to collect autographs and have photos taken with their heroes of yesteryear.
The match takes place at Godalming Town FC, Wey Court, Meadrow, Godalming, Surrey,GU7 3JE. Kick-off is scheduled for 2pm.
Last Sunday (July 28) saw energetic forward Paul McVeigh help himself to four goals as the lads registered doubled figures against White Notley.
McVeigh’s salvo came less than 24 hours after he completed a gruelling triathlon as part of a high-profile charity event, but the diminutive front man showed no signs of fatigue as he helped the lads overturn a 3-2 half-time deficit to win the game 10-3.
An audacious attempt at a bicycle kick by McVeigh in the opening moments was followed up shortly afterwards when Ruel Fox released the former Northern Ireland international for a considerably more orthodox chance to open the scoring in a one-on-one situation, but the slightest of touches by the Notley goalkeeper saw McVeigh’s eventual shot drift the wrong side of the upright.
The hosts made Spurs pay in the 13th minute as Greg Bryant finished from close range after a cross from the right side, and when Stacey Dawes got through and slotted home Notley’s second goal three minutes later, the Legends found themselves with some catching up to do.
Notley still looked a threat, and had it not been for a good low save from goalkeeper Jimmy Walker at his near post following a dangerous in-swinging cross in the 20th minute, the ex-White Hart Lane favourites would have been further behind.
At the other end, Garry Brooke tested the Notley goalkeeper with a 20-yard free-kick after a foul on Steve Slade, but it was McVeigh who opened Spurs’ account when he scooped the ball high into the net at the near post after Fox had controlled Kevin Watson’s cross inside the six-yard box.
Slade was off target with an acrobatic volley as Spurs pushed on in search of an equaliser – but it was the sharp awareness of Fox that allowed McVeigh to double his tally just after the half-hour mark to bring the visitors back on level terms; McVeigh was brought down at the expense of a free kick as he tried to trick his way into a shooting position after a clever give-and-go with Fox, but with the home defenders protesting against the decision, Fox took the set piece quickly, rolling McVeigh in behind the defence, with the latter duly finding the net via the far post.
Using Tony Galvin on the left for support, Brooke later worked his way into space in the middle of the park, with his up-and-under effort only just dipping over the bar.
Walker made a good stop from point-blank range at the other end, while Slade was denied by the Notley keeper, but it was the home side who regained the lead a few minutes before the interval when Darren Byford converted after a ball in from the right.
Spurs were once again back level five minutes after the break, as McVeigh exhibited some tidy footwork before clipping the ball into the far corner of the net to complete his hat-trick.
The home goalkeeper made a good block to deny Slade, before a touch of brilliance saw the visitors take the lead for the first time, as Southam pushed the ball beyond the defence and chased it, before catching it up and placing a delicate chip over the stranded goalkeeper and into the centre of the net.
Three minutes later, Slade adjusted his body and slotted home for Tottenham’s fifth, and after a near post save from Walker at the other end, Micky Southam got on the end of Slade’s cross to register number six for the visitors.
McVeigh’s fourth goal of the afternoon arrived in the 68th minute when he latched onto Mark Stimson’s left wing cross and took a touch before rifling into the net from inside the six-yard box, before another good finish from Southam two minutes later saw the Legends accelerate further in front.
Notley still caused Spurs a couple of problems, first with a curling shot that flew inches wide of the far post, and then with a close range effort that forced Walker into another save.
The visitors rounded off the scoring with two goals in the last few minutes – the first an own goal after substitute Micky Jarrett’s cross took a wicked deflection off a defender and sailed inside the near post, with the second a cool finish from Micky Southam – as the lads rounded off an enjoyable afternoon with aplomb.
Spurs Legends: Jimmy Walker, Paul Miller, Tony Galvin, John Lacy, Stuart Nethercott, Garry Brooke, Paul McVeigh, Kevin Watson, Steve Slade, Ruel Fox, Mark Falco. Subs: Mark Stimson, Micky Jarrett, Micky Southam.
With thanks, as always, to Billy Shaw...