spurs v blackpool match reports

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05.01.1991 A Paul Stewart goal against his old club was enough to see Tottenham through a tricky FA Cup Third Round trip to Blackpool.

On a foul day with high winds and driving rain, the Spurs fans who made the trip to the Lancashire sea-side town found the sea-front closed due to waves crashing over the promenade.  Spurs were playing Terry Fenwick for the first time since a broken leg 15 months before at Old Trafford, but the conditions meant that it was to be a tough battle against Blackpool and the elements.  The options were trying to play the ball on the floor on a muddy and bumpy pitch or to play the long ball in a strong wind (meaning it ran on or held up).

As it turned out, the game produced few clear-cut chances and the only goal came from Stewart getting on the end of a melee caused by Paul Gascoigne's free-kick into the 'Pool area.

Teams :

Spurs -  Thorstvedt, M. Thomas, Mabbutt (c), Fenwick, Edinburgh, Howells, Stewart, Gascoigne, P. Allen, Lineker, Moran
Crowd : -   9,563



Teams :
Spurs - 
Crowd : -   28,707

17.09.1977 A Second Division meeting saw Spurs open the scoring in the 23rd minute when Terry Naylor's cross picked out the head of John Duncan and his flicked header found Glenn Hoddle to net the first goal.

In the 65th minute, Naylor put a free-kick onto Duncan's head again, but this time the Scot headed past Bob Ward in the Blackpool goal.  Blackpool hit back as they tried to come back into the game, but Barry Daines kept out a Mickey Walsh effort and the defence stood firm to take both points from this visit to Lancashire.

Teams :
Blackpool -  Ward, Suddaby, Walsh
Spurs -  Daines, Naylor, Holmes, Osgood, Perryman, Hoddle, Pratt, McNab, Taylor, Chris Jones, J. Duncan
Unused sub. : - Coates
Crowd : -   16,910

17.11.1971 Spurs got past Blackpool in the meeting at White Hart Lane in the League Cup Fifth Round by 2-0.

Martin Peters scored Spurs' opening goal when he turned on a ball in the area to shoot past a couple of defenders and the keeper.

The other Spurs Martin - Chivers - leapt higher than the Blackpool number 5 to head home the second goal for Tottenham.

Teams :
Spurs - 
Jennings, Evans, Knowles, Pratt, England, Beal, Coates (Neighbour), Perryman, Chivers, Peters (cpt), Gilzean.
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Crowd : -    30,009



Teams :
Blackpool -  Fred Kemp, John Craven
Spurs -  Jennings; Evans, Peter Collins, Beal, Knowles; Mullery (c), Perryman, Peters, Pearce; Gilzean (Pratt), Chivers 
Crowd : -   16,541




Teams :
Spurs -  Jennings, Kinnear, Knowles, Mullery (c), England, Beal, Gilzean, Perryman, Chivers, Peters, Morgan
Blackpool -  Harry Thomson, Jimmy Armfield (c), Henry Mowbray, Bill Bentley, Terry Alcock, Dave Hatton, Alan Suddick, John Craven, Fred Pickering, Tony Coleman, Tom Hutchinson
Crowd : -   19,894
Referee : - Ken Burns (Stourbridge)
Linesmen : -  Mr. D. F. Pond (Essex) - Red Flag; Mr. R. A. Long (Northants) - Yellow Flag

15.10.1966 Table toppers Spurs hosted Blackpool who were bottom in a match that turned the table upside down.

Seasiders keeper Tony Waiters was the busier of the two goalies in the opening stages, but in the 23rd minute, a good move saw Ray Charnley open the scoring.  However, two minutes later Knowles hit a powerful equaliser, but this only lasted until just before half-time, when Alan Skirton headed the visitors into the lead again.

Some desperate defending by Blackpool provided the basis to spring forward at the very end of the match to extend their lead with Charnley's second of the game to rid them of the record of the only team in the league at the time without a win.

Teams :
Spurs -  Roy Brown, Clayton, Knowles, Mullery, England, Mackay, Robertson, Greaves, Saul, Venables, Cliff Jones
Blackpool  -  Tony Waiters, Thompson, Hughes, Fisher, McPhee, Jimmy Armfield, Alan Skirton, Robson, Ray Charnley, Moir, Lea
Crowd : -  36,459

05.02.1966 A poor game ended goal-less, but Cliff Jones came closest to breaking the deadlock when the Welsh winger hit the crossbar with a header at Bloomfield Road.

Teams :
Blackpool  - 
Spurs - 
Crowd : -   13,103

27.08.1965 A Friday night meeting in the First Division because of fears that many fans would be taking advantage of the new Bank Holiday on the Monday and would be leaving the capital on the scheduled Saturday date.

Teams :
Spurs -  B. Brown, Norman, Knowles, Mullery, L. Brown, Mackay (c), Possee, Clayton, Gilzean, Greaves, Robertson
Blackpool  -  Waiters, Armfield (c), Thompson, McPhee, James, Rowe, Moir, Ball, Charnley, Green, Lea
Crowd : -   19,894

Ref. : - Mr. M. W. Holian (Derby)
Linesmen : - Mr. J. Reid (Surrey) - Red Flag; Mr. H. G. Stennett (Essex) - Yellow flag

18.01.1964 Top of the table Spurs took the points in this First Division visit to Bloomfield Road.

Terry Dyson headed home Jimmy Greaves' in-swinging corner to give Tottenham a 35th minute lead, but the final touch was off Blackpool defender Barry Martin's legs.  The win was wrapped up in the second half, when Greaves went on a slaloming run past Jimmy Armfield and rounded Tony Waiters to slot home the second goal with a quarter of the game left.

Teams :
Blackpool  -  Waiters, Armfield, Martin, McPhee, Gratrix, Cranston, Hill, Ball, Charnley, Parry, Howe
Spurs -  Hollowbread, Baker, Hopkins, Beal, Norman, Marchi, Cliff Jones, White, Les Allen, Greaves, Dyson
Crowd : -    13,955

19.01.1963 In the midst of the Arctic winter, Spurs played their first league game of the year at home to Blackpool.

A Jimmy Greaves goal in each half gave second-placed Tottenham a valuable 2-0 victory in front of a smaller than expected crowd due to difficulty travelling.

Spurs : - Brown, Baker, Henry, Marchi, Norman, Mackay, Medwin, White, Bobby Smith, Greaves, Cliff Jones
Blackpool : - Waiters, Armfield, Martin, McPhee, Gratrix, Durie, Hill, Quinn, Charnley, Crawford, Parry
08.09.1962 A frenetic pace set the tone for a fast-moving game at Bloomfield Road which Blackpool led for the majority of the time until Spurs staged a late surge.

Centre-forward Ray Charnley scored from Des Horne's low ball in from the wing to give the Seasiders the lead, but were grateful to Tony Waiters, who saved Danny Blanchflower's penalty.

As it looked like Blackpool might hold out for a win, Les Allen pulled Tottenham level with eight minutes to go and with just two minutes left, Maurice Norman headed in a cross from Terry Medwin, who had sped away from the Blackpool defence.

Blackpool : - Tony Waiters, Jimmy Armfield, Martin, Crawford, James, Durie, Hill, Tony Green, Ray Charnley, McPhee, Des Horne
Spurs : - Brown, Baker, Henry, Blanchflower (cpt), Norman, Mackay, Medwin, White, Les Allen, Greaves, Cliff Jones
Crowd : - 31,786
19.08.1961 Spurs were grateful to a good first half, as they secured a 2-1 away win at Blackpool.

Terry Dyson's inviting cross was headed in by Cliff Jones on 20 minutes and on the half hour, Bobby Smith smashed home a shot when put in on goal by Les Allen.

The home side came back into the game in the second half, as would be expected and Ray Charnley's effort pulled a goal back on the hour. Injuries to Dave Mackay and John White hindered Spurs and Blackpool almost scored when Charnley hit a shot at goal and Ron Henry blocked it on the line, with the ball being scrambled away.

Teams :
Blackpool : -  Gordon West, Jimmy Armfield, Martin, Hauser, Gratrix, Durie, Horne, Peterson, Ray Charnley, Roy Perry, Parry
Spurs : - Brown, Baker, Henry, Blanchflower (c), Norman, Mackay, Cliff Jones, White, Bobby Smith, Les Allen, Dyson
Crowd : -    ,

31.08.1960 A Bobby Smith hat-trick saw Spurs through to a 3-1 win over Blackpool in this Wednesday evening match at the Lane.

Teams :
Spurs -  Brown, Baker, Henry, Blanchflower (c), Norman, Mackay, Medwin, White, Bobby Smith, Les Allen, Dyson
Blackpool -  Waiters, Armfield, Martin, J. Kelly (c), Gratrix, Durie, Matthews, Cyril Lea, Charnley, Mudie, Kaye
Crowd : -    45,684
Ref. : - R. H. Mann (Worcestershire)
Linesmen : -  Mr. C. W. Jillings (Essex) - Red flag; Mr. W. Johnson-Wilson (Surrey) - Yellow flag

27.04.1957 .

Teams :
Blackpool  - 
Spurs - 
Crowd : -   49,878
Referee :-  R. H. Windle (Derbyshire)
Linesmen : -  Mr. K. E. Leflin (Suffolk)
- Red flag; Mr. D. T. Markall (Somerset) - Yellow flag 

03.09.1956 A game that was fairly even ended with a 4-1 victory for Blackpool at Bloomfield Road that did not reflect the play.

Spurs started well, but losing Harry Clarke to injury after 15 minutes lead to the home team capitalising to score three quick goals.  However, Tottenham rallied with Tommy Harmer and Johnny Brooks going close to narrowing the score-line.

Having had eight stitches in his torn ear, Clarke returned for the second half, but played out on the right wing, meaning the side had to reshuffle.  It worked for Spurs, with Brooks scoring a good goal, but to little avail, as Blackpool restored their three goal margin.  When Bobby Smith was fouled in the penalty box, Tommy Harmer stepped up to take the spot-kick, but he failed to convert it and that left the Seasiders with the two points as the game was played out to a conclusion.

Teams :
Blackpool  - 
Spurs -  Ditchburn, Baker, Hopkins, Blanchflower, Clarke, Marchi, Medwin, Harmer, Bobby Smith, Brooks, Robb
Crowd : -   49,878
Referee :-  - (-)
Linesmen : -  Mr. . . - (-)
- Red flag; Mr. . . - (-) - Yellow flag 

25.09.1954 A goal's lead at half-time did not last long for Spurs at Blackpool as the Seasiders went on to record a 5-1 home win.

Alf Ramsey's first half penalty had seen Spurs go into the break 1-0 ahead, but the second period was a totally different proposition, with Blackpool scoring five goals from Allan Brown 2, a Ewan Fenton penalty, Len Stephenson and Bill Perry to ran out comfortable winners.

Blackpool : - George Farm, Greatrix, Shimwell, Ewan Fenton, Johnston, Robinson, Matthews, Taylor, Stephenson, Allan Brown, Bill Perry
Spurs : -
Crowd : -    34,626
Ref. : - Mr. (-)
Linesmen : - Mr. - (-) - Red flag; Mr. - (-) - Yellow flag
03.04.1954 Spurs had the better of the first half, but with both defences holding firm, there was no score until the 40th minute, when a close range effort from Eddie Baily gave Tottenham a half-time lead.

It was just after the break that the lead was doubled.  Dunmore put in a good ball from a wide position and Baily met it well, but was denied by the keeper's save.  However, George Robb was on hand to knock in the rebound.  Further into the second half, Stanley Matthews got into the game with a ball that set up Bill Perry for a goal in the 65th minute.  Then three minutes from time, a Perry cross was headed past Reynolds by Stan Mortensen for an equaliser leaving Spurs with only a point for all their good play.

Teams :
Spurs -  Reynolds, Ramsey, Withers, Nicholson, King, Wetton, Walters, Brooks, Dunmore, Robb, Baily
Blackpool  -  Matthews, Perry, Mortensen
Crowd : -  43,870

07.03.1953 A weakened Spurs side lost out 0-2 at Blackpool just two weeks before the two sides met in the FA Cup Semi-Final.

A first half dominated by the Seasiders saw Spurs put up a staunch rearguard action, but in the 50th minute Jackie Mudie put the home team ahead in a goalmouth scramble and they added a second through Bill Perry five minutes before the end of the match.

Blackpool : -  , , , , , , , Jackie Mudie, Bill Perry,
Spurs : - Ditchburn, Ramsey, Withers, Marchi, Gibbins, Wetton, Vic Groves, Baily, Hollis, Harmer, McClellan
Crowd : -  26,976
18.10.1952 A big White Hart Lane crowded witnessed a 4-0 Spurs win over Blackpool.

Although Spurs lead by a single Len Duquemin goal at half-time, they kicked into over-drive in the second half and Eddie Baily scored to make it 2-0 after the break. This was then followed by an Alf Ramsey penalty kick and star man Baily's second of the day, but he had also worked the left wing well with Les Medley and three of the goals were started from that side of the pitch.

Spurs : - Ditchburn, Ramsey, Willis, Nicholson, Clarke, Wetton, Walters, Bennett, Duquemin, Baily, Medley
Blackpool : - Sharratt, Shimwell, Frith, Johnston, Crosland, Kelly, Hobson, Taylor, Stan Mortensen, Jackie Mudie, Bill Perry
Ref. Mr. - (-)
Linesmen : Mr. - (-) - Red flag; Mr. - (-) - Yellow flag
Crowd : - 53,928
26.04.1952 Third placed Spurs hosted Blackpool for the last home match of the season.

Although Alf Ramsey was injured early on during the match, he was on hand to give Spurs a lead before half-time when he forced the ball over the line from close range.

Eddie Baily got a second for Spurs in the second half to wrap up a good win to round off the home programme.

Spurs : - Ditchburn, Ramsey, Withers, Nicholson, Clarke, Burgess, Walters, Bennett, McClellan, Baily, Medley
Blackpool : - George Farm, Shimwell, Garratt, Johnston, Hayward, Kelly, Hobson, Taylor, Mudie, Brown, Withers

Ref. Mr. - (-)
Linesmen : Mr. - (-) - Red flag; Mr. - (-) - Yellow flag
Crowd : - 45,991
08.01.1951 It was heavy rain that put this fixture at risk, with the gates only being opened 30 minutes before kick-off to allow the crowd in to see Blackpool edge the match by a single goal.

The mud-heap of a pitch was not ideal for flowing football and the first half was difficult for Tottenham's push-and-run style of play to have much effect.  However, Tottenham carved out two chances for Murphy and one for Duquemin, but on all three occasions, the ball went straight at the goalkeeper George Farm.

Blackpool were using longer passes and utilising their wide players, but when the ball came into the penalty area a combination of defenders and mud prevented them getting in on goal.  But five minutes before the break, Taylor beat three Spurs players in the area and taking the ball to Ditchburn's right, he lifted the ball over the keeper from a tight angle.

The Seasiders were the better second half team, using the wings whereas Tottenham tried to play down the boggy middle, but it was Spurs who nearly levelled things up at the death when Sonny Walters forced Farm to a save with a header from a corner to hold on for a 1-0 win. 

Teams :
Blackpool  - 
Spurs -   Ditchburn, Ramsey, Withers, Clarke, Burgess (c), Wetton, Medley, Duquemin, Murphy, Walters, Baily
Ref. Mr. (-)
Linesmen : Mr. - (-) - Red flag; Mr. - (-) - Yellow flag
Crowd : -   13,

16.12.1950 Having been subject to arctic conditions, it was doubtful if this match would go ahead, but the 22,203 brave souls who turned out to watch saw a Les Duquemin header convert a right wing cross from Les Medley to win the First Division match for Tottenham that put them fourth in the table.

Teams :
Spurs -  Ditchburn, Ramsey, Willis, Clarke, Brittan, Nicholson, Medley, Duquemin, Walters, Bennett, Baily
Blackpool  - 
Ref. Mr. (-)
Linesmen : Mr. - (-) - Red flag; Mr. - (-) - Yellow flag
Crowd : -    22,203

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