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29th July, 1972
Bournemouth 2 Tottenham Hotspur 4
This article was written in July 2000

To compliment Brian Judson's excellent match previews, and "The Double Series" Spurs Odyssey intends to take a look at our results over the last 40 years on match days throughout the coming season. On each match day, I hope to focus on notes from a selected programme from a match of a similar ilk.

Please let me know what you think of the series. You might even want me to hark back to a particular favourite match. I can't promise to deliver the goods, but will try!

Today (Saturday 29th July) we play in a friendly match at Birmingham. I have found the following similar fixtures:-

72-73 A v Bournemouth W 4-2

75-76 A v Hanover D 1-1

84-85 A v Ostersand W 4-0

92-93 A v Brighton D 1-1

94-95 A v Bristol City W 3-0

John Bond introduces Redknapp and Gabriel

I have chosen to feature the Bournemouth programme. As many readers will know, over the years, there have been some strong links between Bournemouth and West Ham, and 1972 was no exception. Manager John Bond was pictured welcoming new signings Harry Redknapp, and Jimmy Gabriel. Both Bond and Redknapp were ex- West ham, and Redknapp went on to become the Bournemouth manager himself in years to follow.

The programme (entitled "Head for the top with the Cherries") also featured Ted McDougall, who had headed the scorers chart for the Football League in the preceding season, with a phenomenal total of 46 goals, and was to have a fairly successful top flight career to follow at Manchester United and Southampton if I recall correctly.

Mike England confronts Ted McDougall

Bournemouth were at pains to make the most out of a "famous" cup victory over Spurs in the 5th Round of the FA Cup in 1957, when they had beaten us 3-1.

On this day in 1972, Bournemouth were a Third Division side (equivalent today to Division Two), having just missed out on promotion the previous season, but they were hopeful for success at the end of the season.

The published Spurs side was :-

Jennings; Kinnear, Knowles; Mullery, England, Beal; Gilzean, Perryman, Chivers, Peters and Pearce, with Ralph Coates listed as a substitute.

Alan Mullery had in fact gone back to Fulham, and Terry Naylor took his place. Chivers did not play, and Jimmy Pearce got a start. It seems that in those days mass substitutions were not the order of the day!

Martin Peters scored with a penalty on this day

Spurs won the match 4-2, with goals from Pearce, Kinnear, Peters (pen), and Perryman. 13,050 spectators watched the game, and were no doubt pleased to see a goal from their new man Gabriel and Phil Boyer.

Spurs next games were further friendlies at Aston Villa (0-0), and Celtic (lost 0-1).

The next intended article in this series will be for the first day of the new season on August 19th.

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