the spurs almanac

may 9th

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

1914 Bayern Munich (Germany) Munich Friendly 6 - 0
1925 Basel Old Boys (Switzerland) A Friendly 3 - 0
1928 Den Haag (Holland) The Hague Friendly 6 - 2
1949 Cornwall County XI Penzance Friendly 2 - 0
1966 Blackburn Rovers A First Division 1 - 0
1967 West Ham United A First Division 2 - 0
1976 Victoria (Australia) Victoria Friendly 3 - 1
1981 Manchester City Wembley FA Cup Final 1 - 1 (aet)
1984 RSC Anderlecht (Belgium) A UEFA Cup Final 1st Leg 1 - 1
1986 Brentford A Denis Salman Testimonial 3 - 4
1987 Watford A First Division 0 - 1
1995 Coventry City H Premier League 1 - 3
2009 Everton A Premier League 0 - 0

 

          Notable Dates

1966 Bill Brown plays his last game for Tottenham.

Midfielder Terry Venables makes his Spurs debut.

This game had been postponed from the opening day of the season as there was a Polio outbreak in Blackburn.

1968 Neil Ruddock, central defender 1985-1988 and 1992-1995, born.
1973 Edwin Herod, full back 1928-1931, dies.
1981 The 100th FA Cup Final was to be contested between Spurs and Manchester City at Wembley.  The processions before the game to celebrate the Centenary Final were performed in rain and the conditions added to the match that followed.  A poor game was not helped by the wet pitch and Manchester City took the lead when Tommy Hutchinson scored with a flying header.  Spurs looked lack-lustre and Argentinian striker Ricardo Villa was substituted by Keith Burkinshaw.  The big man trudged around the track and down the tunnel looking forlorn as this was supposed to be a day to remember for him. However, when Ossie Ardiles was halted by a Gerry Gow foul, a Tottenham free-kick was awarded about 20 yards out on the right corner of the box from the City goal.  Hoddle curled the ball towards the far side, but Tommy Hutchinson in the wall had read his intentions and moved to block the ball.  However, he only managed to connect with his shoulder and inadvertently deflect it past his keeper and in for the equaliser.  Spurs fans were relieved that they had got back into the match, as apart from a Hoddle drive that Corrigan managed to fist away, there was little else to commend this match.  Extra time was played out in a manner similar to the rest of the game and the two sides had to return five days later to replay the Final.

For a full match report, click here.

1984 Spurs travelled to Belgium for the first leg of the UEFA Cup Final to meet Anderlecht.  The Belgian side had overcome a semi-final first leg deficit against Nottingham Forest in suspicious circumstances, but took their chance in this match to prove it was not underhand (something that was confirmed years later).  The atmosphere at Parc Astrid was tense, mainly owing to the death of a Spurs fan the night before the match after he had been shot by a bar owner.  Police were everywhere and police dogs bit fans as they waited to go into the match.  Once inside, it got no better, as Police tried to remove flags from the fencing and when fans tried to take them down, the Police charged into the terrace with no regard for who they were hitting with their truncheons.

The match itself started well for Spurs, going close on a number of occasions before Paul Miller stuck his head onto a corner and grabbed a very important away goal in the second half.  Captain Steve Perryman picked up a booking which would rule him out of the second leg and then just before the end, Tony Parks fumbled the ball and Anderlecht got an equaliser when the rebound was poked home from close range.

For a full match report, click here.

1986 Colin Lyman, winger 1937-1946, dies.
1995 Winger Gerard McMahon makes his Spurs debut.

Nick Barmby's last Spurs match.

Equal biggest losing margin in a home match to Coventry City.

2009 Jermain Defoe makes his 250th career Premier League appearance.

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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