YNWA looks back at our past memorable League trips to Spurs as we make our 66th League visit to White Hart Lane on Saturday evening. Our record in that part of North London currently stands at twenty wins, fourteen draws and thirty defeats.
We won on our most recent visit last May, with Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin on target in a 2-0 victory. This was the first ever English top-flight match between two teams managed by Spaniards, while Torres struck his 24th League goal of the season in our final fixture, to break Ruud van Nistelrooy's record for an overseas player in his first English campaign. Luis García grabbed the only goal of the game in December 2006, his thirtieth and final reds strike. This completed our twelfth League double over the North London outfit.
We lost 2-1 in January 2004, with Harry Kewell bagging our consolation. This was loanee keeper Paul Jones's second and final reds appearance. Seven months later, Djibril Cissé struck the opening goal of the Premiership season, and his first for the reds, as we drew 1-1.
Winning the title
We claimed our fourteenth League title in April 1983, despite losing 2-0, as our closest rivals Manchester United dropped points at Norwich City meaning that no team could catch us, with three reds games remaining.
John Barnes bagged a brace in our 3-1 victory in August 1995, with the second being his hundredth reds goal. Robbie Fowler was also on target. Digger also struck an own goal past David James in this match! This was our 500th away win in the top flight.
Ian Rush's second strike in our 3-1 win in November 1990 was our 5,000th goal in top-flight League football. Peter Beardsley was also on the scoresheet. Bruce Grobbelaar reached a personal milestone in this game, playing for the reds for the 500th time. Howard Gayle scored his only reds goal, on his full debut, as we drew 1-1 in April 1981. Steve Heighway scored on his 25th birthday as we won 2-1 in November 1972, with Kevin Keegan also netting.
Michael Thomas made his reds bow in our 2-1 victory in December 1991, with Dean Saunders and Ray Houghton on target. Berry Nieuwenhuys made his debut in our 3-0 win back in September 1933, the first of his 260 reds appearances. Forward Sam English bagged a brace, with outside-left Alf Hanson also on target. Bill Shankly's last official game in charge ended in a 1-1 draw in May 1974, with our goal coming from Steve Heighway. Maxwell Thompson became our youngest ever League debutant, aged just seventeen years and 129 days.
In March 1964, Roger Hunt scored all three goals in our 3-1 win, in front of 57,022, the biggest ever crowd for this fixture. In December 1951, Billy Liddell scored all our goals, including a penalty, in our 3-2 win.
Also this millennium
We came from behind in March 2003 to win in the League for the first time in eighteen months, as goals from Michael Owen, Emile Heskey and Steven Gerrard gave us a 3-2 win. In April 2002, our championship challenge ended as Gus Poyet scored the only goal of the game, our first defeat in fifteen League games. Michael Owen made his 150th League appearance, while Jari Litmanen played his 43rd and final game for us. New signing Jamie Redknapp was introduced to the Spurs crowd before kick-off.
In November 2000, Robbie Fowler gave us the lead before Les Ferdinand levelled the match. Tim Sherwood's winner was the hundredth goal we had conceded under Gérard Houllier's sole charge. Ten months earlier, Chris Armstrong scored the only goal of the game. This was the first we had conceded in the new millennium, and was his fiftieth Spurs goal.
In April 1963, Jimmy Greaves scored four goals for Spurs as they trounced us 7-2. Roger Hunt grabbed both our goals. 28 years earlier, Welshman Willie Evans scored a hat-trick for Tottenham as they thrashed us 5-1, with South African outside-right Berry Nieuwenhuys netting our consolation.
In October 1925, Frank Osborne scored all three Tottenham goals as we went down 3-1, the first of three consecutive League trebles he struck for the Londoners. Forward Dick Forshaw was on target for the reds, while Arthur Riley made his debut in our goal.
Other memorable meetings
Jamie Carragher scored an own goal in our 2-1 defeat in December 1998, which he also did in the reverse fixture later that season. Patrik Berger netted our consolation. We lost 2-0 in September 1971 in what was our 3,000th first-class fixture. We secured our first ever victory away to Spurs at the eighth attempt in October 1921, with Harold Beadles nabbing the only goal of the game.