Legends win 19-1!
Darren Anderton and David Howells helped themselves to five goals apiece as the Spurs Legends recorded what is believed to be their second biggest win of all time on Sunday.
The lads’ incredible 19-1 win is eclipsed in the history books only by a 28-0 walkover at Copthall Stadium in Barnet nearly a decade ago.
Clive Wilson and Stuart Nethercott were also on the scoresheet as the team of ex-White Hart Lane favourites found the net with almost every attack as they faced off against a team representing Virgin Trains at Berkhamstead FC in Sunday’s early kick-off.
That’s not to say the Spurs back four of Paul Miller, Stuart Nethercott, John Lacy and Tony Galvin weren’t kept busy as the opposing attackers still managed to cause them a few problems, especially in the first half.
Howells latched onto a quick pass from Wilson to open the scoring on five minutes, before the latter surged through to double the Legends’ advantage four minutes later.
Anderton chipped the goalkeeper from a tight angle as the scoring recommenced on 21 minutes, the former England international adding two more goals on 24 and 31 minutes respectively to complete his hat-trick.
The unmarked Stuart Nethercott headed home number six from Anderton’s corner two minutes later, before Howells sent a glancing header beyond the keeper from an Anderton free kick.
Mark Falco had a shot cleared off the line, before a deflected Anderton strike wrong-footed the goalkeeper to send the Legends in at the break with an eight-goal advantage, although there was still time for Justin Edinburgh and Wilson to hit the bar in separate incidents before the half-time whistle.
The scoring resumed five minutes after the restart when an indirect free kick inside the area was passed sideways to Anderton, who flicked the ball up with his right foot before half-volleying into the centre of the net.
Substitute Trevor Wilkinson’s strike was quickly followed up by a Wilson tap-in, before David Howells curled the ball home on the hour mark to complete a trilogy of his own as the Legends’ advantage stretched to 12.
Howells swept home Micky Jarrett’s cross on 62 minutes, while at the other end, his brother Gareth made a fine save between the sticks from the penalty spot after the referee spotted an infringement in the box.
David Howells netted his fifth with a fierce strike on 73 minutes, before a quickfire brace from substitute Micky Southam took the visitors’ score up to 16.
The Legends declared six minutes before the end after two goals from Jarrett with another Wilkinson strike sandwiched in between took their tally to 19, but the hosts battled on and finally found the net with a minute left of normal time.
Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Paul Miller, Tony Galvin, John Lacy, Stuart Nethercott, Mark Stimson, Darren Anderton, Mark Falco, David Howells, Justin Edinburgh, Clive Wilson. Subs: Garry Brooke, Andy Polston, Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Jarrett, Andy Edmonds, Micky Southam.
With thanks to Billy Shaw...