the spurs almanac

may 15th

          (match reports accessible by clicking on opponent's name, where available)

1920 West Bromwich Albion H FA Charity Shield 0 - 2
1953 Heart of Midlothian A Friendly 0 - 2
1955 FC Kinnizsi (Hungary) Budapest Friendly 1 - 4
1961 Feyenoord (Holland) A Friendly 2 - 1
1963 Atletico Madrid (Spain) Rotterdam European Cup Winners Cup Final 5 - 1
1966 Sarpsborg (Norway) A Friendly 3 - 0
1968 Panathinaikos (Greece) Athens Friendly 2 - 2
1969 West Ham United Baltimore Friendly 4 - 3
1978 FC Hamar (Norway) A Friendly 0 - 3
1982 Liverpool A First Division 1 - 3
2003 DC United (USA) Washington Capital Cup 0 - 1
2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers A Premier League 2 - 0
2005 Blackburn Rovers H Premier League 0 - 0
2011 Liverpool A Premier League 2 - 0
2016 Newcastle United A Premier League 1 - 5


          Notable Dates

1919 Cyril Trailor, half back 1941-1949, born.
1920 On this occasion, the champions of the First and Second Divisions played for the Charity Shield and Spurs faced the Baggies at White Hart Lane.  A crowd of 38,168 turned out to see Albion take the Shield in a match played at the end of the season rather than the start as it is now.  

The score also equals WBA's biggest winning margin over Spurs in a home match.

1963  A first European trophy for a British club was gained in a night of glory by Spurs.  Facing the current holders of the Cup, Spurs were one of the best teams in the world (let alone Europe), but had injury problems due to a long campaign at home.  Dave Mackay was ruled out and Danny Blanchflower played with a leg injury, inspiring the side after Bill Nicholson had built Atletico up into sounding like a formidable side.  From the kick off, Spurs took the initiative and Greaves put them ahead early on and John White scored a second, before Ron Henry saved with his hands providing Collar with the opportunity to score from the spot.  It was up to Spurs to step up their game and this they did with a Dyson cross that sailed over the keeper's head for 3-1.  A Greaves volley made it 4-1 and the match was topped off with a cracking goal from Terry Dyson from fully 30 yards.  Spurs had beaten the experienced Madrid side and beaten them handsomely.  When Danny lifted the Cup, there was a sense of achievement that wiped away some of the despair of not getting into the European Cup final the year before.
1981 Paul Konchesky, loan defender/midfielder 2003, born.
1992 Manager Peter Shreeves was told he would not be retained for the coming season and Spurs set about finding a new boss.
2003 Spurs travelled to Washington DC to play DC United in a competition dreamed up by former striker Jurgen Klinsmann to promote friendship between teams from different cities.  After a long season, the trip was unpopular with the Spurs players, who lost out 0-1 to a side containing Hristo Stoichkov, the ex-Barcelona and Bulgaria forward.
2004 The last Spurs game played by Christian Ziege and Gus Poyet.
2005 Simon Davies plays his last Spurs game.

Information gathered from "Spurs - A Day-To-Day Life" by Graham Betts, Spurs Handbooks, 
"Spurs - A Complete Record" and "The Spurs Alphabet" both by Bob Goodwin and other sources.

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