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Our previous results against Fulham have been as follows:
Season Div H A
1908-09 2 1-0 3-2
1919-20 2 4-0 4-1
1932-33 2 0-0 2-2
1935-36 2 2-2 2-1
1936-37 2 1-1 3-3
1937-38 2 1-1 1-3
1938-39 2 1-0 0-1
1946-47 2 1-1 1-1
1947-48 2 0-2 2-0
1948-49 2 1-1 1-1
1950-51 1 2-1 1-0
1951-52 1 1-0 2-1
1959-60 1 1-1 1-1
1960-61 1 5-1 0-0
1961-62 1 4-2 1-1
1962-63 1 1-1 2-0
1963-64 1 1-0 1-1
1964-65 1 3-0 1-4
1965-66 1 4-3 2-0
1966-67 1 4-2 4-3
1967-68 1 2-2 2-1
Previous FA Cup ties with Fulham have been:-
1908-09 FAC2 Spurs 1 Fulham 0 Minter 33,008
1983-84 FAC3 Fulham 0 Spurs 0 23,398
1983-84 FAC3R Spurs 2 Fulham 0 Roberts 32,898
1997-98 FAC3 Spurs 3 Fulham 1 Clemence, Calderwood
1981-82 4 Spurs 1 Fulham 0 Hazard 30,214
Tomorrow night's Worthington's Football League Cup tie against Fulham will
renew links with a club who helped to spur our club from playing as an
amateur club to one as a professional club.
In 1893, Fulham had a player on their books called Ernie Payne. He was not
being picked by Fulham during the autumn of 1893, despite having been a
regular in their side the previous season. In those days there was no such
thing as contracts and players could and did switch clubs if they were
unhappy about the way they were treated, subject, of course, to seven days
notice to the club who had the player on their books. Payne turned up at
Tottenham one day and asked to play for the team. Spurs agreed and Payne
hurried back to Fulham to collect his kit but could not find his boots. He
reported back to Tottenham, who gave him 10 shillings to go and buy a new
pair of boots. Payne did so and turned out for Tottenham.
But Fulham got to hear about it and accused Tottenham of poaching their
player and offering him inducements to play for him [the boots!] and
therefore acting as if they were a professional club.
At that time, the London Football Association, which Tottenham were
members of, were violently against professionalism. They investigated the
affair and banned Tottenham for 14 days, despite the fact that Payne took
the trouble to repay the 10 shillings to Tottenham in order to escape
being tagged a professional and banned indefinitely from playing football.
It was a straw in the wind and within two years, Tottenham had taken the
plunge and become a professional club with the intention of gaining
election to the Football League. Although they applied in 1896, they were
unsuccessful then and had to wait for a further twelve years before they
gained admission to the League.
As a schoolboy growing up in the 1950s, Fulham were a glamorous side in
some respects because they had Johnny Haynes. Haynes was born at Edmonton
but chose to play for Fulham rather than Tottenham because he knew his
style would not fit in with Arthur Rowe's push and run tactics as Haynes
preferred to play the long ball. Haynes was, probably, an earlier edition
of Hoddle with his measured chips and through passes. He won 56 England
caps for England, many of them as captain, before his career as an
international player was ended by a terrible car crash in which he was
very lucky to survive.
Haynes was the first £100-a-week footballer. I suspect Tommy Trinder, the
comedian who was Chairman of Fulham, regretted ever making that promise to
Haynes that he would pay him £100-a-week if the maximum £20-a-week wages
was ever abolished. Funnily enough, it was another Fulham player, Jimmy
Hill, who, as Chairman of the PFA, led the battle to break the maximum
wage structure by threatening the players would go on indefinite strike.
The players won the battle and thus we now have the sight of ordinary
players enjoying salaries that are just a dream to the supporters who
shiver on the terraces.
Fulham were a modest team who were the Coventry City of their day. Every
single pundit used to tip them to be relegated before a ball was kicked in
anger. Most seasons they would look dead and buried with just weeks to go
and then pull off some of the most unlikeliest results ever seen. But in
1967-68, the inevitable happened when Fulham went to the well once too
often ..... They are still waiting to regain their place in the top tier
and not so long ago looked more likely to be gracing the Conference rather
than the Premier.
It is a very rare event that Tottenham complain publicly about another
club but they did so in the 1960s when Fulham had an advertisement in
their programme about venereal disease and an unfortunate juxtaposition in
the programme placed the notes about Tottenham adjoining this notice.
Fulham were forced to publicly apologise to Tottenham in the media and in
their own as well as Tottenham's programme.
Since the 1960s, we have rarely played Fulham. Those of us who were at
Craven Cottage in January 1984 had the good fortune to see Graham Roberts
playing the game of his life in goal after Ray Clemence had gone off
injured. Clemence did not play again that season which gave Tony Parks his
Roberts flung himself about all afternoon and somehow Spurs managed to
keep a clean sheet. He must be one of the few goalkeepers who can boast a
100 per cent clean sheet record!
But the game I remember most about Fulham is one played in February 1967.
Spurs won 4-2 thanks to goals by Cliff Jones, who scored twice, Greaves
and Gilzean, but that isn't why I remember the game! One Terry Venables
was playing for Tottenham and his big mate, Fred Callaghan, was playing
for Fulham. They both forgot that a very fussy, officious referee, Harry
New, was in charge. The play was slow so they thought they'd have a joke
and liven things up a bit and pretended to handbag each other. Harry New
strode over and without any further ado pointed to the dressing room. He
waved all protests aside and pointed to the tunnel to the dressing room.
Bill Nicholson was furious with Venables and presumably gave him a very
uncomfortable ticking off after the game, particularly as the dismissal
meant that Venables would miss some important games coming up.
And yet there is another game I remember that demonstrated perfectly why
Cliff Jones was so popular with Tottenham's fans. A season earlier, Spurs
were heading for mid-table boredom as they were out of the running for the
League title, they were soon to be eliminated at Preston North End in the
Cup and nothing much was left other than blooding some of the youngsters.
For example, one they blooded that season was a very slim, very shy Joe
Kinnear ... yes, the same fat barrel of lard that collapsed with a heart
attack last January at Hillsborough ....
But to return to Cliff Jones .... three times in the match against Fulham,
Cliff flung himself into a forest of legs and boots and scored a
hat-trick. Each time he came out of the ruck, sporting more damage. In one
attack, he almost knocked himself out colliding with the goal post. In
another he lost two teeth as he was kicked in the face. And he still went
back for more .... and what do we get from some of our so-called
Small wonder that in October 1968 when Cliff Jones played his last game
for Tottenham before signing for Fulham there were many of us openly
crying because one of our favourite sons was leaving us ........
Tomorrow night, there will be a definite result. Hopefully, we will win
but Sol Campbell will have to be at his best as Karl-Heinz Riedle seems to
have recaptured his form since joining Fulham. They have many players who
have played in the Premier League, including Lee Clark and Chris Coleman.
It won't be an easy game and we will have to play much better than we did
on Sunday .....
I'm forecasting the game to go to extra time and for Spurs to win in
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