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Spurs Diary - April

01 April 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Looking ahead and back on events on the same day in years gone by.


1992    Gary Lineker scores a hat-trick in our 3-0 home win over West Ham United.

2012    Swansea City defeated 3-1 at White Hart Lane. Emmanuel Adebayor hits two.


Cy Goddard’s 19th birthday.

LIVERPOOL v SPURS, Barclays Premier League, at Anfield, 5.30pm

1900    We play at Thames Ironworks in a benefit match for England winger Tom Bradshaw who had died following illness at the age of 26. Player-manager John Cameron scores twice in our 3-0 win.

1956    John Ryden scores on his Spurs debut at Preston where we draw 3-3. His brothers George and Hugh were also professional footballers.


1974    Neil McNab (pictured, above) goes on as substitute at home to Chelsea for his Spurs debut. He is just 16 and still an amateur. We lose 2-1.

1982    We beat Leicester City 2-0 at Villa Park in our FA Cup semi-final clash, on our way to retaining the trophy.


1914    Our winger Fanny Walden makes his England debut to become the smallest player ever to represent his country. He was just 5’2”.

1993    We lose by the only goal to Arsenal in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Wembley. Lee Dixon is sent off.


1952    Alfie Conn born in Kirkcaldy. He would join us from Rangers in June, 1974.

1962    Richard Gough (pictured, below) born in Stockholm. He would leave us for Rangers in October, 1987.



1949    The British army play their Belgian counterparts at the Lane.

2006    Prime Minister Tony Blair visits White Hart Lane to witness the local community work of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.


1879    Our FA Cup record-breaking striker Sandy Brown born in Glenbuck, Ayrshire. He would join us from Portsmouth in May, 1900.

1928    We beat Arsenal 2-0 at home but it proves to be our last victory of the season and we are relegated at its conclusion.


1975    Glenn Hoddle signs as a professional.

2006    We defeat Manchester City 2-1 at the Lane. Paul Stalteri and Michael Carrick both score.


1917    Ron Burgess born in Cwm, South Wales. He would go on to captain Spurs and Wales and establish himself as one of our greatest ever players.

2000    Former Peterborough duo Simon Davies and Matthew Etherington (pictured, below) take their Tottenham bows at Liverpool – where we lose 2-0.


10    SUNDAY

SPURS v MANCHESTER UNITED, Barclays Premier League, at White Hart Lane, 4pm

1991    Ian Walker concedes twice on his Spurs debut at Norwich City as we go down 2-1. His father Mike, City’s coach, looks on from the home bench.

2005    Jermain Defoe scores the decisive goal against Newcastle United at the Lane.

11    MONDAY

Dele Alli’s 20th birthday.

1904    Bert Badger, who scored on his Spurs debut against Millwall just months before, notches his final goal for us at Fulham where we win 5-1 in the London League.

1987    We defeat Watford 4-0 at Villa Park to reach the FA Cup Final.


1967    After a 0-0 draw at St Andrews, we beat Birmingham City 6-0 in our FA Cup quarter-final replay. Terry Venables and Jimmy Greaves both score twice as we head for Wembley.


Kyle Walker-Peters’ (pictured, below) 19th birthday.

1872    Spurs legend John Cameron, so crucial to our early development, is born in Ayr and would totally reinvigorate the club after he joined us in May, 1898.

1899    Dartford hammered 9-0 in the Thames and Medway League. It was our last game of the season and Bill Joyce celebrated with five goals.



1951    Our 1981 FA Cup-winning goalkeeper Milija Aleksic born in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Sadly he died in October, 2012.

1991    A memorable 3-1 FA Cup victory over Arsenal at Wembley. Anyone remember Gazza’s goal?!

15    FRIDAY

1963    Having lost 5-2 at Anfield just days earlier, we then defeat Liverpool 7-2 at White Hart Lane. Jimmy Greaves scores four times.

1981    Another FA Cup semi-final triumph with Arsenal connections – this time we beat Wolves 3-0 in a Highbury replay.


1921    Despite sending out a weakened team against Bradford City, with manager Peter McWilliam having one eye on the following week’s FA Cup Final, we win 2-0. Charlie Wilson bags both.

1979    We draw 3-3 at Southampton where John Pratt, Chris Jones and Peter Taylor (pictured, below) all score.

17    SUNDAY

1961    We move closer to our famous ‘Double’ by beating second-placed Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at the Lane.

1993    Teddy Sheringham converts two penalties as we defeat Oldham Athletic 4-1.


18    MONDAY

STOKE CITY v SPURS, Barclays Premier League, at the Britannia Stadium, 8pm

1907    Former referee Fred Kirkham announced as the new Spurs manager on a five-year contract worth £350 per annum.

1998    With both clubs fearing relegation, we grab a crucial point at Barnsley – where we had been knocked out of the FA Cup in February. Colin Calderwood is our scorer with Ramon Vega sent off. Barnsley would go down at the end of the season.


1935    Goalkeeper Percy Hooper keeps a clean sheet on his debut as we beat Blackburn Rovers 1-0 at White Hart Lane. Sam Bell scores but it is not enough to save us from relegation. We would score nine goals in our final three games – but still go down. To compound our misery, Arsenal are crowned champions!


1901    Our first appearance in an FA Cup Final pulls in a 114,815 crowd – not bad for a Southern League side and a world record at the time. We draw 2-2 with Sheffield United at the old Crystal Palace.

1962    Jimmy Greaves, in his first season as a Spur, scores for a record ninth game in succession – at home to Blackburn. Unfortunately he fails to net against WBA in our next match but does go on to score in our final three games, so the sequence came so close to double figures.


2003    Teddy Sheringham scores his last Spurs goal – in a 3-1 triumph at The Hawthorns.

2012    Brad Friedel makes his 300th consecutive league appearance at Loftus Road. Our former player Adel Taarabt scores the winner for QPR – and is sent off.

22    FRIDAY

1987    We draw 2-2 at Wimbledon – watched by just 7,917 fans. Mark Bowen scores in what is his last game for Spurs.

2006    Robbie Keane nets in a 1-1 draw at Arsenal.



1977    Young-Pyo Lee (pictured, above) born in Hongchun, South Korea, and would join us from PSV Eindhoven in August, 2005.

1995    London Monarchs play their first game at White Hart Lane.

24    SUNDAY

Ben Davies’s 23rd birthday.

Jan Vertonghen’s 29th birthday.

1965    A hat-trick for Cliff Jones as we beat Leicester City 6-2 to complete an unbeaten season at home.

1974    We march on to the UEFA Cup Final with a 2-0 home win over Lokomotive Leipzig as we record a 4-1 aggregate.

25    MONDAY

SPURS v WEST BROMWICH ALBION, Barclays Premier League, at White Hart Lane, 8pm

1936    After six games out through injury, Ted Harper returns to the side to score twice against Barnsley and take his league total to 36 – a record that stands until 1963. But for injury the prolific Harper would probably have recorded an even higher tally and we may have gained promotion. As it was we finished third in the final Division Two table.

1964    Scottish international John White nets his final goal for the club – the winner at Filbert Street.


1946    Ralph Coates born in Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham. The England midfielder would join us from Burnley in May, 1971.

1986    We beat QPR 5-2 on the old plastic pitch at Loftus Road. Mark Falco (2), Clive Allen (2) and Glenn Hoddle all score.



John Onomah’s 19th birthday.

1993     It’s Fiorucci Cup time at White Hart Lane as we host Inter Milan and Real Madrid for one-half games. We lose both to finish bottom. It is also the first opportunity for home fans to see future Spur Paolo Tramezzani (pictured, above) in action for Inter.

2002    Gus Poyet’s strike is enough to see us beat Liverpool at the Lane.


1888    Walter Tull born in Folkestone. He would turn professional with us in May, 1909.

1975    Great night at the Lane as we beat reigning champions Leeds United 4-2 to ensure our First Division survival.

29    FRIDAY

1902    We beat Woolwich Arsenal 2-1 in a semi-final replay on our way to winning the Southern Charity Cup.

1989    Three goals for Paul Stewart as we hammer Millwall 5-0 on their own ground.


1979    Steve Perryman’s testimonial ends in a 2-2 draw with West Ham in front of a 17,702 crowd.

2011    Sandro scores his first Spurs goal – but we lose 2-1 at Chelsea.