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Full Record of Spurs -v- Everton

Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home           9   6   3   0   18 - 10  21
Away           9   4   4   1    9 -  5  16
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Total(Prem)   18  10   7   1   27 - 15  37
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   54  25  16  13  107 - 67  72
Away(Div 1)   54  10  17  27   60 - 88  38
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Total(Div 1) 108  35  33  40  167 -155 110
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    1   1   0   0    1 -  0   2
Away(Div 2)    1   0   0   1    2 -  4   0
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Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1    3 -  4   2
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Total(Prem)   18  10   7   1   27 - 15  37
Total(Div 1) 108  35  33  40  167 -155 110
Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1    3 -  4   2
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Grand Total  128  46  40  42  197 -174 149
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Everton's 2-1 victory at Charlton on Saturday came as a complete surprise to many people who have been tipping Everton to be bogged down in yet another relegation struggle. I have not been impressed by their transfer transactions which seem to rely on fading stars and hopeful starlets rather than any real quality players. Everton seem to have cashflow problems and have been talking about leaving Goodison Park to relocate elsewhere in Liverpool as the present ground is cramped because of the presence of the church in one corner of the ground.

Over the years, Spurs and Everton have always been keen rivals, though their best days are long ago hidden in the mists of time. It is now some 16 years since Spurs and Everton were last seriously jousting for the title. There will be many of us who can remember that April evening in 1985 when Everton won 2-1 to sink our hopes.

Both Spurs and Everton have had a long tradition of trying to play attractive, attacking football. The Everton side of the early 1960s even had a play written about them called THE GOLDEN VISION - which was what they called Alex Young, their centre-forward of the time. That side was later followed by what I believe to have been the finest of the Everton teams I have seen at White Hart Lane - the one with Ball, Harvey and Kendall bestriding the First Division. That was the season in which we tried to play Everton three times before the fixture was finally concluded. Postponed because of a blizzard that swirled in from the North Sea unexpectedly on November 29th 1969, then postponed when the floodlights failed on December 17th 1969, the fixture was finally fulfilled on March 11th 1970, three days before the scheduled return with Everton at Goodison Park.

Season 1963-64 saw me make my first visit to Goodison Park. I was 19 and it was my first ever away trip outside London. Those of you who made that trip will remember Euston was being reconstructed at the time. The famous Doric Arch had been demolished and a swathe of Victorian London was disappearing. Spurs and Everton were the top two in Division 1 on the morning of October 26th 1963. None of us knew it at the time but the break-up of the Double side was only weeks away. I don't remember much of the game beyond Alex Scott scoring a gem of a goal. The feeling I have is that both defences were largely on top of their game. Everton got the breaks and Spurs didn't.

The next away game at Everton that I remember, although I didn't go, was the match at Goodison Park on August 29th 1964. We had been forced to re-shuffle our team because of the premature death of John White, which created a problem that Bill Nicholson never really solved. His first instinct was to try Cliff Jones in the role of schemer but that never really worked since Jones was better as a raiding winger (in the parlance of those now distant days). We were thrashed 4-1 at Goodison and the tone was set for a dismal winter in which our only away victory was at Nottingham Forest, 2-1, thanks to a very rare 'away' Gilzean goal. Cliff Jones scored the other.

The 1-0 win at Goodison Park on March 22nd 1967 was the first of 7 successive wins that took us from the middle of the table to third place as we strode through successive FA Cup rounds to book a Cup Final place against Chelsea. I remember that sequence because the side grew visibly in confidence during that run.

Our 2-0 win at Everton on August 17th 1968 was the only win we recorded in the first six matches that season. We were awful at times. It was not until we recalled Cliff Jones for the Chelsea match (in the last of that winless run) that Spurs began to acquire any confidence. Greaves and the (then) very expensive Chivers scored our goals. Chivers was later injured against Nottingham Forest and missed the rest of the season.

In 1971-72, Spurs made two visits to Goodison Park. We travelled on February 26th to beat Everton 2-0 in the 5th Round of the FA Cup, Gilzean and the much (and unfairly, in my opinion) maligned John Pratt scoring the goals. A week later, Martin Peters scored our goal in a 1-1 draw in the League match.

Our away game at Everton in season 1973-74 was a special one for Steve Perryman, as he chose that match to score his usual solitary goal of the season, which secured a 1-1 draw. I may be wrong but I don't think anyone else can boast the record that Perryman holds in scoring at least one goal in each of the seasons he played for Tottenham. Bear in mind that Perryman played from September 1969 to March 1986 and they you can see my point.

In the season we were relegated in season 1976-77, we were thumped 4-0 at Goodison Park. Some of our away games that season were horrible. Those who went to Derby will recall a 8-2 thumping. The 4-0 thrashing by Everton must have been almost as bad as that since Everton were hardly a good side at the time.

My last recollection is the 5th Round Cup tie at Goodison Park on February 19th 1983. We had beat Southampton and West Bromwich Albion to reach this stage and travelled to Goodison Park with high hopes of further progress in our ambition to win the FA Cup for a third consecutive season. But our hopes were crushed and we never looked like matching Everton on the day as we crashed 2-0.

I hesitate to enter any prediction for tomorrow night's match as it is too early in the season for any sort of form to be established. But with Everton having to take the initiative at Goodison, we can hope that we can counter-attack on the break. I shall hope for a win but I'll settle for a point at least. I shall be with you in spirit as I watch the game on Sky!

COME ON YOU SPURS!

Cheers, Brian

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