Legends latest - Nayim back at Spurs!
A busy month of May continues for the Spurs Legends team this Sunday (May 12) as the lads get set to turn out at Brisbane Road, home of Leyton Orient FC.
Our official veterans’ outfit, which regularly features the likes of Mark Falco, Paul Miller, Clive Wilson and Stuart Nethercott, will be facing a celebrity XI in a special memorial match for John Docker, a popular ex-professional footballer who passed away last year.
Proceedings get underway at 1pm at Leyton Orient on Sunday, with kick-off set for 2pm.
Tickets will be available on the day.
Spurs Legends 6, Ciudad de Ceuta 4 - Sunday, May 5
The Legends met up with a familiar face on Sunday in a friendly match at the club’s Training Centre in Enfield; former Spurs midfielder and 1991 FA Cup winner Nayim brought his veterans side, Ciudad de Ceuta, over from Spain for the weekend, taking to the field against our Legends to round off their trip in style.
Nayim was on the scoresheet himself as he played for Ceuta in the first half, before switching sides to represent Tottenham once again for the second period, with our Legends eventually running out 6-4 winners.
The Spurs lads flew out of the blocks, and were 2-0 up inside four minutes. First, Micky Jarrett finished coolly past the Ceuta goalkeeper, before a right-footed piledriver from Andy Edmonds found the top corner to double the hosts’ lead.
Nayim got his side back into the game just two minutes later when he found a gap in the Spurs defence, shrugging off the attention of centre-half Stuart Nethercott to fire low into the net for 2-1.
Both sides enjoyed good spells of possession in midfield as the first half wore on, although Spurs goalkeeper Gareth Howells was forced to back-pedal to tip away a long-range lob from Lucas Garcia, after the Ceuta man spotted the custodian off his line.
With 18 minutes gone, Ceuta were inches away from an equaliser when Chris Perry brought down Nayim 20 yards away from goal, with Americo Canas’ powerful free kick striking the bar after clearing Spurs’ defensive wall.
Spurs soon had their two-goal lead back when Micky Southam finished from a tight angle after rounding the goalkeeper, but Ceuta reduced the deficit once again when Damian Serrano latched onto Nayim’s ball in from the left and rifled into the roof of the net.
The Legends went 4-2 up on the half-hour mark when David Howells confidently despatched a penalty after the referee spotted a handball offence in the box, while keeper Gareth Howells made a good low stop at the other end to keep Ceuta at bay.
Spurs netted their fifth goal on the stroke of half-time, David Howells’ shot hitting the post and rolling across the face of goal, with Jarrett finishing with aplomb at the back stick.
Nayim swapped kits at half-time, running out for Spurs in the second period. And it was the hosts who extended their lead three minutes into the second half, with Jarrett completing his hat-trick as his shot crept in off the far post.
Ceuta responded straight away with a thunderous Ismael Barriendos header from a corner to pull the score back to 6-3, before Crisdofer seized possession in midfield and surged through to add another goal to the visitors’ tally on 54 minutes.
Defender Perry stayed strong in the following minutes and mopped up the danger after a spell of pressure from the visitors, while a looping first-time effort from David Howells sailed narrowly over the bar as Spurs sought to increase their lead.
Both keepers had to remain alert in the closing stages, but neither side really threatened to add to the scoreline, as the Legends maintained their unbeaten run in 2013.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Paul Miller, Tony Galvin, Chris Perry, Stuart Nethercott, Garry Brooke, Andy Edmonds, Micky Southam, David Howells, Micky Jarrett, Clive Wilson. Subs: Nayim, Mark Falco, Trevor Wilkinson.
With thanks, as always, to Billy Shaw...