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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Swansea
 
Premier       Pl   W   D   L    For-Ag  Pts
Home           0   0   0   0      0-0     0
Away           0   0   0   0      0-0     0
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Total(Prem)    0   0   0   0      0-0     0 
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)    2   2   0   0      3-1     6   
Away(Div 1)    2   0   0   2      1-4     0
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Total(Div 1)   4   2   0   2      4-5     6
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   11   9   2   0     39-9    20
Away(Div 2)   11   4   3   4     13-14   11
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Total(Div 2)  22  13   5   4     52-23   31
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Total(Prem)    0   0   0   0      0-0     0
Total(Div 1)   4   2   0   2      4-5     6
Total(Div 2)  22  13   5   4     52-23   31
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Grand Total   26  15   5   6     56-28   37
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Swansea

Swansea    0-0   A. Villa
Blackburn  4-2   Swansea
Swansea    2-0   Fulham
Newcastle  0-0   Swansea
Everton    1-0   Swansea
Swansea    1-1   QPR

Spurs

West Brom  1-3   Spurs
Spurs      3-0   Bolton
Stoke      2-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   S'derland
Spurs      1-1   Chelsea
Norwich    0-2   Spurs

Pos         P  W  D  L  F-A   GD  Pts
 3 Spurs   17 12  2  3 34-19  15  38
14 Swansea 18  4  7  7 17-22  -5  19

Remembering Spurs' famous Swansea connections

It's nearly 29 years since Spurs have faced Swansea in league action, but there are plenty of memories to share for you to think about on your journey down to Wales on New Year's Eve.

Two of Swansea's most famous footballing sons - Cliff Jones and Terry Medwin - were signed by Spurs in the fifties, and played a vital part in the Spurs Double season of 1960-61. Cliff Jones was a regular of course, and Terry Medwin was the most used deputy for either Jones or Terry Dyson, which enabled him to get a League Championship medal. Cliff Jones was a record 35,000 signing for a winger in those days (1958), whilst Medwin was signed in 1956 for a more moderate 18,000. Cliff Jones is a sprightly 76 years old, and still graces the White Hart Lane hospitality suites. Terry Medwin is in his eightieth year, and as far as I am aware still going strong. Both will be keen to see their home team playing in the Premier League, and against their other footballing love - Tottenham Hotspur. I should also add Wales, for whom both won caps!

There have been many Swansea-Spurs connections over the years, but perhaps the most notable of them apart from Jones and Medwin is former Spurs Captain Ron Burgess. Burgess was not born in Swansea, but after leaving Spurs, having led us to promotion from Division Two in 1949-50, then the League Championship in 1950-51, Ron left for Swansea, where he played, acted as player/manager, and managed the club, before moving as manager to Watford in 1959. Ron Burgess died on 14th February, 2005, at the age of 87. (Ron Burgess Obituary)

Incidentally, Terry Medwin had to retire from playing due to a broken leg, but went on to coach at both Fulham, then Swansea, where he was deputy to John Toshack, who was manager during Swansea's most successful league period between 1978 and 1983.

Swansea had two seasons in the top flight, and finished 6th in their first season in 1981-82. Their team included the prolific Bob Latchford (formerly of Birmingham and Everton), and the ever popular Leighton James, who was born in Swansea, but spent many of his footballing years away from his home club. James got into trouble with the BBC in recent years, when he was a pundit, and made negative comments about Swansea's rivals Cardiff!

Swansea had reached the old Division One with successive promotions from Division Four. Yet, only 8 years ago "The Swans" avoided relegation to Conference football on the last day of the season. No wonder they celebrated their play-off final win last May so enthusiastically!

There are three Spurs connections of note in the current Swansea squad. Firstly there is Steven Caulker, on loan from Spurs, and making a good name for himself, still at the tender age of 20. (Steven celebrated his birthday yesterday - 29th December). Steven missed a number of games through injury, but has made his return, although he will have to sit this game out. Having spent notable periods on loan at League One and Championship level, Steven is loving his exposure to the Premier League, and has played in 4 of the 8 games in which Swansea have kept a clean sheet. Steven is allegedly rooting for his loan club to win this game, but he's got to say that, hasn't he? Harry Redknapp says he has big plans for this calm and assured, but still developing player.

Wayne Routledge is still only 26, but including loan clubs, he is at his tenth league club. Wayne was one of those young rising stars signed for Spurs by Frank Arnesen in 2005, from Crystal Palace. Wayne never got established at Spurs, and spent time out on loan to Portsmouth and Fulham, before being transferred to Aston Villa. He didn't make it there either, faring better as a QPR man, then at Newcastle. Wayne played 20 games on loan back at QPR last season, scoring 5 goals, but he has yet to score in 16 league games for Swansea (6 as substitute).

33 year old Mark Gower was a Spurs Junior in the late 90s, and made two substitute appearances in the League Cup against Brentford in September, 1998. (Spurs v Brentford - 23rd. September, 1998)This was a period when David Pleat was in charge, after the sacking of Christian Gross, and before the appointment of George Graham. Mark didn't get another chance in the first team, but after a spell at Barnet, has been a key member of both the Southend and Swansea teams. Gower played for Southend in both Cup competitions against us in the 2006-07 season, and would relish the chance to play against us, if selected.

Swansea made a reasonable start to their Premier League career, but have won only one of their last 8 games (2-0 v Fulham), which has led them to slip down the table, dangerously near the relegation battle zone. Their home seats almost sold out for the season, and the support will be highly vociferous, and no doubt hostile to the English! 6 of "The Swans" 17 league goals have come from former Watford man Danny Graham, whose goal against QPR on Tuesday caused some controversy, due to his use of the arm. Former Chelsea man Scott Sinclair has chipped in with 4 goals.

Swansea will make it as hard as they can for Spurs, whose team will not be significantly different in style or content from that which so dominated Norwich. I'm going for another 2-0 win for Spurs.

Please note that due to travel, and the New Year festivities, the web site will not be updated before New Year's Day. Happy New Year everyone! It could yet be extra happy for Spurs fans!

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