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Spurs Diary - February

01 February 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

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


1899    We win for the first time at Manchester United – then known as Newton Heath – knocking them out of the FA Cup after a first round replay. We progress 5-3 after a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

2014    Hugo Lloris makes his 50th Premier League appearance. We draw 1-1 at Hull where Paulinho scores.


NORWICH CITY v SPURS, Barclays Premier League, at Carrow Road, 7.45pm

Harry Winks’s 20th birthday.

1928    Winger Tommy Harmer born in Hackney. Known as ‘Harmer the Charmer’ he started out with us as a junior and went on to play over 200 senior Spurs games.

2011    Peter Crouch (pictured, above) scores a third minute winner for us at Blackburn.


1979    Winger Tony Galvin makes his Spurs debut at home to Manchester City.

2010    A hat-trick for Jermain Defoe in our 3-1 FA Cup replay win at Leeds.


1990    Gary Lineker scores three – one from the penalty spot – as we beat Norwich City 4-0 in Division One at the Lane. We finish third that season.

2004    We get ourselves 3-0 up at half-time against 10-man Manchester City in our FA Cup replay – but lose 3-4!


1927    Our home First Division game with Sunderland is the first featuring Spurs to be broadcast on BBC Radio. Unfortunately we lose 2-0.

2002    We knock Bolton out of the FA Cup at the fourth round stage, winning 4-0 at the Lane.



SPURS v WATFORD, Barclays Premier League, at White Hart Lane, 3pm

1965    Ron Henry scores his one and only goal for the club – the winner at home to eventual champions Manchester United.

1982    We mark the official opening of the West Stand with a 6-1 win over Wolves. Ricky Villa scores a hat-trick (one of his shots is pictured, above, beating Wolves goalkeeper Paul Bradshaw).


1891    We beat Orion Gymnasium 7-1 in the Middlesex Senior Cup. If you were there can you let us know the names of our goalscorers?

1935    Wales international and ‘Double’ winner Cliff Jones born in Swansea. Happy birthday, Cliff!


Anton Walkes’ 19th birthday.

1958    Both teams and the crowd stand silently in the pouring rain in memory of the Busby Babes following the Munich air crash two days before our home game with Manchester City. Bobby Smith then scores a hat-trick in our 5-1 win.

2003    A 4-1 home win over Sunderland who go down as the division’s bottom club at the end of the season.


1898    We beat Sussex 2-1 at Hove in a friendly with Tom Meade and Jimmy Hartley on target.

2014    Emmanuel Adebayor’s 65th minute goal gives us a 1-0 home win over Everton.



1986    A brace from Clive Allen (pictured, above) as we beat a Jersey Select XI 7-0 in St Helier.

1990    David Howells and Gary Lineker on target in our 2-1 win at Chelsea.


1907    We finally knock Blackburn Rovers out of the FA Cup after a second replay in round two. We also needed three games to eliminate Hull City in the first round – and then got hammered 4-0 at Notts County in the third!

2012    Louis Saha scores twice in a 5-0 home triumph over Newcastle United.

12    FRIDAY

1944    Wartime league guest player Jack Rowley scores seven times in our 8-1 Football League South win at Luton Town.

1966    Three goals for Alan Gilzean as we beat Burnley 4-3 at the Lane in the fourth round of the FA Cup.


1897    We entertain our future ‘nursery’ club Northfleet in the Southern League and win 5-0. Bob ‘Topsy’ Clements bags three.

1915    Goalkeeper John Eadon makes his league debut for us at Middlesbrough. We lose 7-5!


14    SUNDAY

MANCHESTER CITY v SPURS, Barclays Premier League, at The Etihad Stadium, 4pm

Christian Eriksen’s 24th birthday.

Connor Ogilvie’s 20th birthday.

1953    We win 3-0 at Halifax Town in the FA Cup. Les Bennett grabs two.

2013    It’s a Euro Night at the Lane and we mark the occasion with a 2-1 Europa League win over Olympique Lyonnais (pictured, above).

15    MONDAY

1902    Winger Alan Haig-Brown makes his debut at home to West Ham United. The former public schoolboy and Corinthians player retains his amateur status, going on to make just three more Southern League appearances for us.

2011    We enjoy a famous single goal victory over AC Milan at the San Siro in the Champions League.


1957    Third Division Bournemouth knock us out of the FA Cup with a 3-1 triumph at Dean Court. We finish second in Division One that season.

1999    We book our place in the League Cup Final with a single goal win at Wimbledon following a 0-0 home draw. Steffen Iversen nabs the vital goal.


1898    John Cameron appointed Spurs boss and goes on to become one of the most important figures in our history.

2001    We beat Stockport County 4-0 in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Simon Davies (pictured, below) scores twice.



ACF FIORENTINA v SPURS, Europa League, Round of 32, at Stadio Artemio Franchi, 7pm local time (6pm UK)

1924    The Prince of Wales attends our game with Oxford University at White Hart Lane, played in aid of the local hospital named after him.

1961    A crowd of 65,474 watches our cup tie at Villa. We win 2-0.

19    FRIDAY

1977    Northern Ireland international Gerry Armstrong scores his first Spurs goal – but we lose 2-1 at Leeds. We would be relegated at the end of the season.

2012    A disappointing goalless FA Cup fifth round draw at Stevenage.


1904    We are losing 1-0 at home to Villa in the cup when a pitch invasion forces the game to be abandoned. As a punishment, the game is replayed at Villa Park – where we win by the only goal!

1940    Our record goalscorer Jimmy Greaves born at East Ham. Happy birthday Jim! We continue to wish you well.

21    SUNDAY

1989    Nayim (pictured, below) makes his debut at home to Norwich. We win 2-1 with goals from Geordie duo Paul Gascoigne and Chris Waddle.


22    MONDAY

1933    Bobby Smith born in Lingdale, North Yorkshire. He would join us from Chelsea in December, 1955.

1986    David Howells makes a goalscoring debut in a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.


Luke Amos’s 19th birthday.

1923    Future England international centre-half Harry Clarke born in Woodford and would join us in March, 1949.

2009    A 2-1 win over Hull City on our first ever visit to the KC Stadium.


Anthony Georgiou’s 19th birthday.

2002    We lose 2-1 to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup Final at Cardiff. Heavy rain means that the roof is closed – so technically the match is played indoors.

2008    We lift the League Cup after a 2-1 Wembley win over Chelsea. Jonathan Woodgate grabs our extra time winner.


SPURS v ACF FIORENTINA, Europa League, Round of 32, at White Hart Lane, 8.05pm

2003    Sad day as loyal club servant Johnny Wallis dies after a Spurs career that started as a player and continued in various off-field roles between 1936-1994.

2013    A 3-2 win over West Ham at Upton Park in the Premier League.


26    FRIDAY

1968    We go down 3-2 at Sheffield United in the First Division. The Blades are relegated at the end of the campaign while we finish seventh.

2009    Giovani dos Santos (pictured, above) scores his first Spurs goal as we draw 1-1 at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Cup.


1954    David Dunmore makes his debut in a 3-0 win at Arsenal. George Robb nets twice.

1971    Martin Chivers bags both our goals against Aston Villa to win us the League Cup at Wembley.

28    SUNDAY

SPURS v SWANSEA CITY, Barclays Premier League, at White Hart Lane, 2.05pm

1942    Chelsea defeated 2-0 in the wartime Football League South. George Ludford scores both.

1970    We win 2-1 at Newcastle in Division One. Martin Chivers and Jimmy Pearce share our goals.

29    MONDAY

1936    Chief Scout Ben Ives writes to the parents of Bill Nicholson inviting their 17-year-old son to White Hart Lane for a trial.

1964    Cliff Jones and Jimmy Greaves (penalty) on target in a 2-1 win at Birmingham City in Division One.