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Tuesday 16th September, 1969

Arsenal 2 Spurs 3

You will understand that I don't want to put any pictures from this programme on the web site, but there were a couple of large colour shots of Bobby Gould and one Jimmy Robertson. Robertson left White Hart Lane to play for our enemies. We got the rough end of the exchange deal with David Jenkins, who only made 14 full appearances in our colours, and who will always rank amongst the worst signings for THFC.

On a day when we face yet another London Derby, how nice to reflect upon a glorious victory by the Lilywhites at Highbury! The packed house saw Spurs take an incredible 3 goal lead through Gilzean, Pratt, and Chivers. The opposition did score two late goals to put some tension into the final minutes, but Spurs took the glory to make the running total of goals in League games between the sides 115 each! This was the 67th League meeting, and at that time there had never been a goalless draw.

Spurs celebrate Gilly's goal!

A couple of pictures featured Spurs manager George Graham in action "soaring above the defence to score" for Arsenal against Southampton.

The Spurs side was Jennings; Beal, England, Collins, Knowles; Gilzean, Mullery, Pratt, Morgan; Chivers and Greaves. Tony Want replaced Martin Chivers. Arsenal's proposed line-up featured Wilson; Storey, Neill, Simpson, McNab; Robertson, McLintock, Graham, Armstrong; George and Radford.

Who would have guessed that the Arsenal team of that day would feature two future Spurs managers? On the other hand, of course, we would never have believed that our own Pat Jennings would go down the Seven Sisters Road and play in r*d. Hang on a minute - he would not have had to wear the re*d shirt, would he? I'm starting to forgive you Pat!

The referee was Mr G.W. Hill.

Both sides had a moderate season. Spurs finished 11th - one point and one place above Arsenal. Spurs did have the satisfaction of achieving the double over the "Gooners" that year as they won the return match 1-0 on 2nd May.

Other results on this day, since the Double season were:-


61-62	H v Wolves	W 1-0
63-64	A V Aston Villa	W 4-2
67-68	A v Arsenal	L 0-4
70-71	H v Dunfermline	W 4-0 (Texaco Cup)
72-73	A v Man City	L 1-2
78-79	A v Leeds	W 2-1
81-82	A v Ajax	W 3-1 (ECWC)
89-90	H v Chelsea	L 1-4
95-96	A v Sheff Wed	W 3-1
98-99	H v FC Zimbru	W 3-0 (UEFA Cup)

If anyone has the programme for the Leeds game from 1978, I would be very interested, as this was my wedding day, and I remember well the double celebration!

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