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Full Record of Spurs -v- Blackburn Rovers

Prem        Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home         7   3   1   3   10- 10  10
Away         7   3   1   3    9-  6  10
Total(Prem) 14   6   2   6   19- 16  20
Football Lge
Home(Div 1) 24  16   4   4   63- 30  36
Away(Div 1) 24   5   5  14   23- 50  15
Total(Div 1)48  21   9  18   86- 80  51
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)  6   5   0   1   22-  8  10
Away(Div 2)  6   2   2   2    9-  7   6
Total(Div 2)12   7   2   3   31- 15  16
Total(Prem) 14   6   2   6   19- 16  20
Total(Div 1)48  21   9  18   86- 80  51
Total(Div 2)12   7   2   3   31- 15  16
Grand Total 74  34  13  27  136-111  87

Tottenham's first trip to Ewood Park was as long ago as 1 January 1910. Then, as now, Blackburn tended to be very strong at home and we lost 2-0. It will be seen that we haven't had much success over the years on our trips north. In fact, we had to wait for our first win there until 22 December 1923 when Alec Lindsay scored the only goal of the game, having scored against Blackburn the previous Saturday in a match we had won 2-1. Our other scorer was Jack Elkes.

Our second win at Ewood Park came in a Division 2 match on 25 December 1936 when we thrashed them 4-0, Johnny Morrison scoring twice with Joe Meek and Les Miller adding one apiece. We completed the double over them three days later by thrashing them at White Hart Lane 5-1. Les Miller scored 4 goals with Jimmy McCormick scoring the other. (Prior to signing for Spurs, Miller played for Sochaux in the French League and scored 60 goals in one season.)

It was during our Second Division Championship season that we won our third match at Ewood Park. Jimmy Scarth and Les Medley scored the goals that gave us a 2-1 win on Christmas Eve 1949. It avenged our 3-2 home defeat on 27 August 1949 when Sonny Walters scored twice for us.

Our fourth victory at Ewood Park was on 27 February 1960. Dave Mackay, Bobby Smith, Les Allen and Cliff Jones scored one apiece in a 4-1 win. We had already beaten them 2-1 at Tottenham on 5 December 1959, thanks to goals by Terry Medwin and an own goal by Bray.

Another double was completed the following season. Spurs thrashed Blackburn at Ewood Park, 4-1, on 27 August 1960. Our goals were scored by Bobby Smith (2), Les Allen and Terry Dyson. The return match, on 31 December 1960, saw us thrash them 5-2. Our scorers were Bobby Smith (2), Les Allen (2) and Danny Blanchflower.

In 1961-62, Spurs completed the double over Blackburn Rovers for the third consecutive season. We thrashed them 4-1 at Tottenham on 20 April 1962, our scorers being Terry Medwin, Bobby Smith, Jimmy Greaves and Cliff Jones. We completed the double over them the following Monday when Jimmy Greaves scored the only goal of the game. If I correctly recall, Mike England was playing for Blackburn in both games.

Our trip to Ewood Park on 14 September 1963 provided the first signs of the approaching break-up of the Double side. We were thrashed 7-2 with Dave Mackay and Jimmy Greaves being our goalscorers. (Two days later, Phil Beal replaced Blanchflower at Villa Park.)

We had to wait until 9 May 1966 for our next victory at Ewood Park. Jimmy Greaves (who else?) scored the only goal of the game against an already relegated Blackburn side. The game was notable for Terry Venables' debut in a Spurs shirt. (We did not play Blackburn again until we were relegated to Division 2 when we played them in season 1977-78. Blackburn did not return to the top flight until the start of the Premier League in 1992.)

Please bear in mind that I have concentrated on our League matches. I am aware we have played Blackburn in Cup matches.

Blackburn were an attractive side in the 1960s. Their misfortune was the construction of the motorway system which made it easier for people to travel to grounds like Manchester United and Liverpool. Their relegation at the end of season 1965-66 was a blow in a season disrupted by the outbreak of a polio epidemic in the area prior to the start of that season. They were always playing catch-up after that and never established any form at all. Mike England made it clear that he did not want Second Division football but turned down Manchester United to play for Tottenham the day before the start of the 1966-67 season.

And our prospects for tomorrow? They will be hard to break down. They very nearly gave Manchester United the fright of their lives on Wednesday night. It won't be an easy match and, again, I will be happy if we can snatch a draw.


Cheers, Brian

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