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On this day this week (w/e 24th May)
Article published 24/05/2020

Here is the latest selection of items chosen from the Spurs Odyssey archive relating to events "On this day":-

18th May

This article on Gary Lineker includes a section about the 1991 FA Cup Final, which was played on this date.

Also, this wasn't a bad Thursday night at Leicester three years ago!

19th May

In 2001 Manchester United already had the Premier league title in the bag when they came to White Hart Lane for the last game of the season. Sir Alex Ferguson's team had lost their previous two games. In his last competitive game before injury cut short his career, Willem Korsten scored two of Spurs' three goals in a 3-1 win.

In 2013, we beat Sunderland 1-0 thanks to a last minute goal by Gareth Bale. The win was all to no avail, as the news came through that Arsenal had won at St. James' Park to secure the coveted Champions league slot. It was Bale's last competitive game for Spurs before he transferred to Real Madrid in the summer. Gareth did appear, and scored, in a July 16th friendly at Swindon, after which his Spurs career was over.

20th May

On this day in 1967, Spurs beat Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup Final. Read Brian Judson's recollection.

That cup win came at the end of a 24-match unbeaten run. In fact Spurs only lost one of the 26 games they played between January and May 1967. That defeat was a 1-0 loss away to Manchester United. United won the league title with 60 points. Nottingham Forest pipped Spurs on goal average for the runners-up spot, on 56 points.

Spurs unbeaten run would last 29 matches as it continued at the start of the 167/68 season. It included the dramatic 3-3 Charity Shield draw (played at old Trafford) in which Pat Jennings scored a historic goal.

Spurs were top of the league after 4 matches, which had included a 5-1 home win over West Ham. However the run came to a surprising end with a 5-1 defeat away to Burnley. Future Spur Ralph Coates scored Burnley's fifth goal.

In 2013 Spurs U-21 side played a Premier U-21 League Final against Manchester United at Old Trafford and lost 3-2. Harry Kane was in the Spurs side, but didn't score. You will find several familiar names in Ray Lo's report.

21st May

Harry Kane scored a hat-trick and Spurs hit seven goals past a hapless (and relegated) Hull City side.

More stats following the Hull game.

22nd May

Today is the anniversary of Spurs' first attempt to beat QPR in the 1982 FA Cup Final. Brian Judson briefly tells the story of both the first game and the replay in this article about "The Burkinshaw Years".

"Stinging the Blues" was the Spurs Odyssey headline as we ended the 2010-11 season in fifth place, beating Birmingham 2-1. Roman Pavlyuchenko scored both our goals.

23rd May

Today is the 36th anniversary of one of the greatest nights at White Hart Lane - the dramatic UEFA Cup Final win over Anderlecht. You might find this article of interest:-

24th May

Spurs finished the 2014-15 season with a 1-0 win at Goodison Park. Harry Kane scored his 21st Premier League goal of the season (equalling the Spurs record of Teddy Sheringham and Gareth Bale). It was the first of four consecutive seasons in which Kane would score more than 20 league goals for Tottenham. Those figures read 21 - 25 - 29 - 30. As Liverpool surprisingly lost 6-1 at Stoke, we beat the Anfield side to fifth place. Peter Crouch sealed that Stoke win against his old side with a record 47th Premier League header.

You might also find the Premier League review of that week interesting.

24th May is the latest date for any of our Premier League seasons to finish. There were two such occasions and our opponents on the other occasion (in 2009) were Liverpool in 2009. We lost that game 3-1. Of course, last season our last competitive game was on June 1st. For historical purposes, I will have to reference that occasion in 8 days' time.

There were "Football League South" games which finished on later dates in the first two years of World War Two, but the only official Football League game played later than May 24th was against Barnsley in Division Two on June 7th 1947. The late fixture was caused by government restrictions on midweek fixtures and a severe winter. That was the first full season of the return to a full league programme.

At the time of writing, we still do not know if this 2019-20 season of Premier League football will be played.

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