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Five... great goals against Leeds

Thu 25 May 2023, 15:15|Tottenham Hotspur

There have been no shortage of thrills and spills against Leeds United over the years, and plenty of goals to remember. As we prepare to face the Whites in our final Premier League match of the season on Sunday, here are five great strikes against the Yorkshire giants...

Cyril Knowles

Spurs 4-2 Leeds United - 28.04.75

One of the greatest nights ever at White Hart Lane came in our last game of the 1974/75 season, but there was no trophy up for grabs this time. Instead, we were facing relegation from the top flight and needed a result against Leeds United to stay up. And this was a Leeds side which had won the First Division championship the previous season and were about to compete in the European Cup Final. Spurs, on the other hand, had endured a tough season in which Bill Nicholson had left the club and Terry Neill was given the task of preserving our Division One status. Four wins in the final few weeks meant it was in our own hands when Leeds visited N17 to round off the season, but we needed a good start. Step forward Cyril Knowles who, just five minutes into the game, strode up and crashed home a 22-yard free-kick into the back of the net to put us ahead. It gave us the platform to go on and win 4-2 which kept us in the top flight at the expense of Luton Town.

David Ginola

Spurs 2-0 Leeds United - 24.02.99

Midfield magician David Ginola could have scored one of the greatest hat-tricks of all-time when we faced Leeds in an FA Cup fifth round replay in February 1999, but had to settle for just the one worldie! After a 1-1 draw at Elland Road, we reconvened in north London and our French maestro was on fire that night. He struck the inside of the post with a fierce angled drive after drifting infield past four Leeds defenders - how it didn’t go in remains a mystery - and then crashed a shot against the crossbar from distance. Darren Anderton gave us the lead (more of that later in this feature) before Ginola finally scored, running onto a clearance to volley home right-footed from 25 yards out past Nigel Martyn.

Darren Anderton

Spurs 2-0 Leeds United - 24.02.99

The excellent performance of David Ginola in our FA Cup fifth round replay against Leeds in 1999 is mentioned earlier in this feature - and his goal on the night was outstanding, but Darren Anderton’s was even better! The England international was a mainstay of our team in the 1990s, a cultured midfielder with superb passing ability, more often than not providing an incisive pass or a telling cross for our forwards to convert. But he scored his fair share of goals as well and this must be up there with his best. It was Ginola this time with the assist, a cross-field pass from left to right, Anderton controlling with one touch, moving the ball out of his feet with the next before arrowing a right-foot rocket into the top corner from fully 30 yards. Pick that out, as they say!

Robbie Keane

Spurs 2-0 Leeds United - 24.11.2002

Ten weeks into his Spurs career, and Robbie Keane was already producing collector's items. His first goal in our colours was one to remember - a run and shot into the top corner at Blackburn - and here was another, just the fourth of his 122 for us in all competitions. Teddy Sheringham opened the scoring and Keano added this beauty just before half-time. Teddy went up for Kasey Keller's long kick and Gus Poyet steered the loose ball into the path of Keano, who didn't break stride in curling a 25-yarder into top corner with the outside of his right foot. This win against Leeds saw us turn the corner after a tricky spell with five unbeaten and we stayed in the European shake up until February, when a closing run of three wins in 10 saw us end up 10th.

Watch - Keano's cracker in his top Spurs goals

Dejan Kulusevski

Leeds United 0-4 Spurs - 26.02.22

We recorded our best-ever win at Elland Road last season as we thumped Leeds 4-0, with super Swede Dejan Kulusevski among our goalscorers in the Yorkshire sunshine that day. The forward had not long arrived from Juventus and made his debut in early February, but such was the busy schedule that this game against Leeds was his sixth of the month for us! Matt Doherty gave us the lead in the 10th minute against Marcelo Bielsa’s side before Deki struck. It looked like he had nowhere to go when Junior Firpo had him facing the corner flag, but Kulusevski managed to get some space, played a one-two with Doherty and advanced into the area down the right. With the ball on his trusted left, he shaped to curl into the far corner but instead drilled low past Illan Meslier at his near post to double our lead. Goals from Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son completed the scoring.