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2018 Day 18 - Tottenham Hotspur

Today we make that familiar trek up the Seven Sisters Road to Tottenham Hotspur. Gertcha.

Played: 158 (145 league, 9FA, 4LC)
Won: 58 (52 league, 5FA, 1LC)
Drawn: 32 (30 league, 2FA)
Lost: 68 (63 league, 2FA, 3LC)

Other: The Charity Shield match in 1951 at WHL which Spurs won 2-1.

Full record v Spurs:

  P W D L F A
SJP 73 29 19 25 126 108
WHL/W 72 23 11 38 82 132
League 145 52 30 63 208 240
SJP(FA) 4 4 0 0 13 1
WHL/OT 5 1 2 2 5 5
SJP(LC) 2 1 0 1 4 3
WHL 2 0 0 2 0 5
Cup 13 6 2 5 22 14
CS 1 0 0 1 1 2
Tot 158 58 32 68 230 254


SJP: 79
White Hart Lane: 77
Old Trafford: 1
Wembley: 1

Most common scores:

Won: 2-1 (thirteen times - 4H, 9A)
Drawn: 1-1 (sixteen times - 9H, 7A)
Lost: 0-1 (fifteen times - 6H, 9A)
There hasn't been a 0-0 draw between these sides since 1971, a run of 77 games.


Spurs went ten games undefeated against Newcastle between 1951 and 1957.
Newcastle were undefeated in the first eight meetings, losing just one of the first 15.


THFC league doubles over NUFC: 14 (1921/22, 1933/34, 1938/39, 1950/51, 1953/54, 1955/56, 1959/60, 1966/67, 1969/70, 1972/73, 1974/75, 1984/85, 2004/05, 2017/18)
NUFC league doubles over THFC: 10 (1909/10, 1911/12, 1926/27, 1970/71, 1976/77, 1996/97, 2002/03, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2015/16)

Most games in a season: 4 (in 1951/52, 1975/76, 1999/00) 

Longest gap between games: February 1977 to December 1984

First: Saturday 18th February 1905 Spurs 1 Newcastle 1 (FA Cup)
"One was drawn wholly and completely to the game. First the men from the north mystified and bewitched the opposition with their subtle trickery and infinite cunning. They swept along at a hurricane rate. No barrier was too strong for them....In a moment though, the southern machine, awkward and disappointing previously was running with characteristic smoothness." (Daily Herald)

Saturday 11th August 2018 Newcastle 1 Spurs 2 (Premier League)
"A familiar outcome for United, who now haven't taken maximum points from any opening day fixture since beating Spurs here back in 2012.
With three of the seven summer signings yet to kick a ball competitively though and the two who featured today at less than full pace, there's scope for improvement and an expectation that we will be more incisive going forward. (

Best: Saturday 28th December 1996 Newcastle 7 Spurs 1 (Premier League)
"That was what we call a Newcastle United performance. Hopefully we will be back to normal now. This win has been a long time due. We have the type of players at this club who are able to go on and win the next eight or nine games. People who write us off do so at their peril." (Terry McDermott)

Saturday 18th November 1950 Spurs 7 Newcastle 0 (Division One)
"Think of all the soccer superlatives, double 'em and the answer is Tottenham Hotspur. That is how it appeared to be when Spurs were caning Newcastle 7-0. The secret of Tottenham is 100% mobility which means that all passes must be in front of the receiver. Tottenham players rarely have to stop to gather the ball: they take it in their stride" (Daily Herald)

NUFC v THFC gallery:

February 1952: A notable 3-0 FA Cup success at White Hart Lane

October 1969: Jimmy Greaves at the double; United lose 1-2

February 1987: A controversial 0-1 FA Cup defeat in London

August 1993: A losing introduction to the Premier League (0-1)

December 1996: A 7-1 success at SJP

November 2013: Tim Krul - they shall not pass - 1-0 United

NUFC v THFC - moment in history:

April 1999: Al brace in Old Trafford triumph

Next April will mark the 20th anniversary of Newcastle's last domestic cup semi-final success, when two goals from Alan Shearer were enough to see off Spurs at Old Trafford and see the Magpies in Wembley FA Cup Final action for the second successive season.

The opponents boasted two future Magpies in defence (Carr and Campbell) and a pair of former heroes further forward (Ginola and Ferdinand), but a landmark display from full back Andy Griffin minimised the French trickster's impact and the iconic striker was consequently under-served.

Having done the trick at the same venue against Sheffield United a year before, Alan Shearer once again grabbed the headlines with a two goal salvo in extra time. However, the introduction of Duncan Ferguson from the bench on 75 minutes was equally fundamental to the victory. 

The forward was obviously unfit and hadn't been sighted since the previous December, but his almost talismanic presence visibly and audibly boosted the Newcastle support, who in turn had an uplifting effect on the team. 

Ferguson also crucially gave the Spurs defence another physical obstacle to wrestle with and it was his attempted return pass to Gary Speed that tempted Campbell into a needless handball and spot kick award that Shearer converted in the 109th minute.

Just two minutes then remained when Big Al volleyed past Ian Walker in the Stretford End goal to seal victory for Ruud Gullit's side, who won none of their closing six Premier League fixtures and were then almost inevitably eclipsed 0-2 by Manchester United at Wembley in May.

(Speaking of Wembley, our song title link Hot Shot Tottenham refers to the awful Chas & Dave ditty that was their 1987 Cup Final song. Punish yourself here and watch out for Chris Hughton.)

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