true faith : THE HISTORY FILE (Spurs (h))

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Our first home game since the debacle in the Tyne-Wear derby pits us against Champions GascoigneSpursLeague chasing Tottenham, a team against whom we’ve had a decent record when welcoming them to St. James Park.

Given the culture of attacking football associated with both clubs it is perhaps unsurprising that the first game we will look at resulted in a goal fest, when a United side without Jackie Milburn thrashed Spurs 7-2 in 1951 with Chilean forward George Robledo filling the void by scoring a hat trick, flying winger Bobby Mitchell also managed to impress by bagging a brace.

Tottenham had an impressive side in the early 1960s and in their double winning season of 60/61 they managed to turn United over 4-3 away from home, a goal from Gordon Hughes and a double from Len White failed to get any points from Bill Nicholson’s side which contained the likes of Danny Blanchflower and Dave Mackay. In 1971 Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson managed to score the only goal in what was to prove to be his final appearance for the club before moving to West Ham; playing for Tottenham that day was a certain Joe Kinnear, a side he was later to describe as ‘the best team in the world’.

In 1976 we faced The Cockerels in the second leg of the League Cup Semi Final, with Spurs leading 1-0 from the first leg United managed to overturn the deficit to win 3-1 with goals coming from Alan Gowling, Glenn Keeley and Geoff Nulty. 1985 saw Paul Gascoigne make his Newcastle debut coming off the bench in a game we were beaten 3-2 by Spurs with Peter Beardsley scoring two penalties for the Magpies, on the scoresheet for the opposition that day was then England midfielder Glenn Hoddle, three years later and it was Gascoigne who was the key man for United with the Dunston born superstar scoring two and running the show (Can be seen here in a performance that provoked the Londoners to buy him, in the fixture between the two sides the season later Gascoigne was infamously pelted with Mars Bars by the home support as he made his return to Tyneside.

Supporters were treated to a feast of attacking football towards the end of the 94/95 season when a Spurs side playing five forward players overturned a two goal lead for United (Gillespie and Peacock) to be leading 2-3 at half time with their goals coming from Nick Barmby, Darren Anderton and Jurgen Klinsmann; Newcastle rescued a point in the second half with Peter Beardsley ensuring the game ended 3-3 with both Pavel Srnicek and future United coach Colin Calderwood being shown their marching orders.

Two seasons later supporters were again treated by one of the stand out matches of the Keegan era, unfortunately it was to be the last. With doubles from Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Rob Lee respectively and a typical strike from marauding centre half Phillipe Albert the Toon ran out 7-1 winners; yet in typical Newcastle fashion we were left in turmoil only a week later when Keegan resigned.

Spurs were the visitors for an FA Cup replay which was bizzarely played before Christmas in the 99/00 season, with David Ginola having a frustrating night despite getting on the scoresheet for the lilywhites, United dished out another hammering with the score line reading 6-1; goals that night came from Gary Speed, Nikos Dabizas, Duncan Ferguson, Kieron Dyer and a late double from Alan Shearer. In 2003 there was another late double from Shearer but the show was certainly stolen by a certain Laurent Robert, who scored two of the best goals seen at St. James Park in living memory, I’ll let the readers decide which one was better…


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4 Responses to true faith : THE HISTORY FILE (Spurs (h))

  1. Phil Carmichael says:

    One home game against Spurs that was, unfortunately, memorable, was a 5-3 defeat in about 1973. A hairy young scots lad called Alfie Conn scored four I think, then was never heard of again. It was a strange game because a 7-7 scoreline would have been just as appropriate…… a good one for the neutrals I suppose.

  2. Ryan Bell says:

    I couldn’t find a record of that game otherwise I would have mentioned it; bit of a head scratcher. Could it have been a Texaco or Anglo-Italian match by any chance?

    • David Russell says:

      It was a League game – 11th Jan 1975 if I remember rightly – final score 2-5. Conn scored four and we massacred them – in fact, when Supermac got one back to make it 1-4, their manager said he was terrified because he thought we were gonig to win it! One of the oddest matches I’ve ever seen.

      • Phil Carmichael says:

        Thanks for that David, I thought I had been imagining it!
        I remember coming out of the match thinking “How did that happen?”