spurs v middlesbrough notes

10.10.1914 Sir Robert Baden-Powell visited White Hart Lane for this match and was opening the new rifle range at the Tottenham Rifle Club after the game.

10.11.1934 1934 World Cup winners Italy watch Spurs play Middlesbrough at the Lane, just four days before meeting England in a friendly match. 

“They (the Italians) spoke in high praise of the play of individual members of both sides and expressed their satisfaction that they has not to play against (George) Hunt on Wednesday.”  

Hunt had been called up as a replacement for Manchester City's Sam Tilson, but got a knock in the Boro game and had to withdraw himself.

16.08.2008 Former Spur Mido scores for Middlesbrough.



they are linked with both

Willie Almond .

Nick Barmby Came up through the ranks at Tottenham and was a big hit with the club in his 102 games for the club as a forward, but wanted to move nearer his home town of Hull, so bought by Boro for in 1995 for £5,250,000.  Appeared 49 times in 14 months at the Riverside, but moved on to Everton.

Simon Beaton War-time guest player.

David Black .

John Brearley .

Alex "Sandy" Brown A free-scoring forward came down from Scotland to play for Preston North End and Portsmouth before joining Spurs to contribute goals in every round (including two in the final and one in the replay) that helped them win the FA Cup in 1901 as a Southern League side.  64 goals in 84 games showed his instinct for putting the ball in the net and his ability soon came to the attention of Portsmouth, where he stayed for a season before moving to Ayresome Park. 15 goals in a two season stay at Middlesbrough came before moves to Luton Town and Kettering Town before returning to Scotland.

Chris Carrick .

John Curtis .

Jack Elkes .

Paul Gascoigne .

Joe Gettins .

Allan Hall Signed by Boro from Doncaster Rovers in March 1928 and scored on his debut, but failed to get a regular place in the side.  Moved on until Tottenham picked him up from Lincoln for £3,000 in June 1933.  Made only two first team appearances, but was captain of the reserves and once scored 49 goals in 38 appearances for the second and third teams !!  Spurs got their money back on him, when he moved to Blackpool in March 1934.

Charlie Hewitt .

William Hickling .

Les Howe Played for Middlesbrough once in season 1944-45 as a guest player during WWII, while on RAF service in the North-East.  His career was with Spurs in the South though and he made 268 appearances for Spurs scoring 42 goals in the process.

Robbie Keane Well-travelled striker who had two long spells with Spurs, winning the League Cup in 2008.  On retiring form playing, he teamed up with former team-mate Jonathan Woodgate to be assistant manager at Middlesbrough in 2019.

Cyril Knowles Made Boro debut in April 1963 and played 39 times for them before signing for Tottenham in May 1964 for £45,000.  Played over 500 times for Spurs at left back until he had to retire in 1976 with a knee injury.  Later coached at Middlesbrough.

Peter McWilliam Managed both clubs.

Joe Meek .

Mido Strong-minded Egyptian forward, who had trouble with his weight at Spurs, despite the fact that on his day, he could be a handful.  Left to join Boro, when it looked as though he would not be getting selected as first choice.

Charlie O'Hagan .

Jimmy Robertson .

Graeme Souness Having come through the ranks at the Lane, Souness thought he should be getting more first team exposure.  Bill Nicholson disagreed and the Scot wanted away, because he was "homesick", so he got a move to Middlesbrough, where he played from 1973 to January 1978.

Terry Venables Managed both clubs.

Bob Walker .

Ernie Walley .

Archie Wilson .

Jonathan Woodgate Middlesbrough born, centre half Woodgate started with Leeds, before moving onto Newcastle United and Real Madrid before signing for his hometown team in 2006.  Came to Spurs in the January transfer window of 2008 for £7 million and scored the winning League Cup final goal within six weeks of joining THFC.  Went on to manage his home-town team with former team-mate Robbie Keane as his number two.

Luke Young Started at Spurs and came through the youth set-up to join the first team, but in 2001 he left to join Charlton Athletic, then moved to Boro for 2.5 million in July 2007.

Christian Ziege Spent three years at Spurs from 2001 to 2004, during which he was hit by injury, but played 52 times in the left back/midfield slot.  Had earlier been with Boro from 1999-2000 playing 34 games before leaving for Liverpool.

Wilf Mannion Middlesbrough legend Wilf Mannion played for Spurs as a guest player during the Second World War making four appearances in the 1941-42 season in the London League.


debuts against middlesbrough

Albert Gosnell 01.10.1910

Eddie Birnie 04.10.1910

Thomas Forman 13.02.1911

Ed Lightfoot 14.10.1911

Tom Mason 17.02.1912

John Eadon 13.02.1915

Harry Lowe 13.02.1915

Jack Elkes 08.09.1923

Brian Farley 18.08.1951

Alfie Conn 02.09.1974

Ian Moores 31.08.1976

Terry Yorath 18.08.1979

Ray Clemence 29.08.1981

Paul Price 29.08.1981

Edgar Davids 20.08.2005

Giovani Dos Santos 16.08.2008

Heurelho Gomes 16.08.2008

David Bentley 16.08.2008

Luka Modric 16.08.2008



first goal for the club - scored against middlesbrough

Thomas Forman 13.02.1911

Ian Moores 31.08.1976

Nick Barmby 17.10.1992


last goal for the club - scored against middlesbrough

Thomas Forman 13.02.1911

Ed Lightfoot 10.10.1914

Jimmy Neighbour 31.08.1976

John Lacy 20.12.1981

Ramon Vega 18.12.1999

Darren Anderton 17.12.2003



04.02.1905 Alex 'Sandy' Brown (formerly of Spurs) makes his last appearance for Boro.

09.02.1905 Harry Astley and James Bell make their last appearances for Boro.

13.02.1915 Tom Storey scored his only League goal for Boro.

26.02.1910 Harry Bardman plays his first game for Middlesbrough, while Simon Beaton plays his last.

15.12.1951 Bobby Corbett makes his Middlesbrough debut.

27.01.1981 Garth Crooks played his 50th Spurs League appearance.

29.08.1981 Steve Perryman made his 600th Spurs appearance in all competitions.

20.12.1975 Ian Bailey makes his Middlesbrough debut.

28.09.2002 Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer made his 200th appearance for Middlesbrough.

Teddy Sheringham's 600th League appearance

26.10.2003 Anthony Gardner made his 50th appearance for Tottenham.

Stephen Carr's 200th League appearance for Tottenham.

Mauricio Taricco made his 300th appearance in English football.

Bobby Zamora made his 150th total club appearance.

Ledley King made his 100th total Spurs appearance.

09.03.2004 Ledley King made his 100th Premiership appearance for Spurs.


Michael Carrick makes his 150th career League appearance.

20.08.2005 The win took Spurs' total of post war League points to 3,002

Spurs' first goal made it 400 in home Premier League matches all time.

18.12.2005 The first goal conceded by Tottenham was the 5,000th shipped in the club's League history.

05.12.2006 Steed Malbranque makes his 100th start for an English club (Fulham and Tottenham).

Yakubu makes his 50th Premiership appearance in a Middlesbrough shirt.

Malcolm Christie makes his 150th career League appearance (Derby and Middlesbrough).

Andrew Taylor makes his 50th career League appearance (Middlesbrough and Bradford City).


Middlesbrough's defeat was their 1500th in their history.

Martin Jol's 100th game in charge of Tottenham.

Mark Viduka makes his 200th Premiership appearance (Leeds and Middlesbrough).

Aaron Lennon makes his 50th League appearance for Tottenham.


Gareth Southgate's 50th game in charge of Boro.

Jermain Defoe makes his 250th career league appearance (West Ham, Bournemouth and Spurs) and Robbie Keane makes his 250th Premier League appearance (Coventry City, Leeds United and Spurs).

Michael Dawson makes his 200th career appearance (Nottingham Forest and Tottenham).

12.04.2008 Robbie Keane makes his 250th Tottenham appearance.

Tom Huddlestone makes his 150th career league appearance (Derby County, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers).

16.08.2008 Didier Digard made his debut for Middlesbrough as a substitute in this match.


Michael Dawson makes his 200th career league appearance (Nottingham Forest and Tottenham).

Robbie Keane makes his 200th Premier League appearance for Tottenham.

Adam Johnson makes his 100th club career appearance (Middlesbrough, Leeds and Watford).

24.09.2016 This was the 250th Middlesbrough match played at the Riverside Stadium.

Calum Chambers makes his debut for Middlesbrough.


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