Who and what links Spurs with APOEL?
25 September 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Although we’ve never faced APOEL in competitive action, we have in fact played against them once before, while we share a handful of playing connections with our hosts in the UEFA Champions League this week.
On May 29, 1968, we took on APOEL at the Nicosia Stadium in the final match of our five-game post-season tour of Greece and Cyprus, where Jimmy Robertson, Jimmy Pearce (pictured, below) and Cliff Jones scored to give us a 3-0 victory.
Our team was: Jennings, Kinnear, Want, Beal, Collins, P., Mackay, Robertson, Bond (Pearce 46), Gilzean (Pratt 46), Venables, Jones (Johnson 46).
Martin Chivers, Cyril Knowles and Jimmy Greaves had all returned home early from the tour and so did not feature against APOEL – Chivers and Knowles had to report for international duty while Greaves had to depart due to the illness of one of his children.
In the absence of Bill Nicholson, Eddie Baily was our acting manager on the trip, which also saw us defeat a Cyprus International XI by the same scoreline at the same venue four days before the APOEL game, while we also met our most recent Cypriot opponents, AEL Limassol – who we played in the Europa League in 2014 – and secured a convincing 7-1 win on May 22.
Other matches on the tour saw us draw 2-2 with Panathinaikos on May 15 and beat Anorthosis 5-0 four days later.
The late Ian Moores (pictured, below) represented both Spurs and APOEL at senior level. He was with us between August, 1976, and September, 1978, scoring eight goals in 32 senior appearances. He gained league and cup-winning medals during a five-year stint with APOEL from 1983 to 1988.
Capped twice by England at Under-23 level, Ian also played for Stoke City, Orient and Bolton, coupled with loan spells at Australian club Western Suburbs and Barnsley. On his return from Cyprus he turned out for Port Vale as a trialist, Newcastle Town and Tamworth, winning the FA Vase with the latter in 1989.
On retiring from football he worked in the personal finance sector while assisting with youth coaching at a local non-league club. He was diagnosed with cancer and admitted to a Stoke hospital during September, 1997, where he passed away during the night of January 12/13, 1998, aged 43.
Andy Theodosiou and Dean Gordon, both young players at the Club during the 1980s, also spent time at APOEL. Theodosiou signed for us as a trainee in July, 1987, and went on to have spells with Norwich City and Hereford United before representing APOEL during the 1993-94 season. Gordon had a brief spell on our books as a schoolboy during 1988 before joining Crystal Palace. He had a stint at APOEL during 2005.
Elsewhere, Keith Spurgeon was manager of APOEL during the 1977-78 campaign. He made two appearances as a teenage centre-half for our “B” team in the Metropolitan & District Football League during December, 1951, before going on to forge a career in non-league.