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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Leeds v Spurs, 10.03.99

This preview was written by Brian Judson

Full Record of Spurs -v- Leeds United

Prem           Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home            7   3   3   1    12-7   12
Away            6   1   2   3     4-10   5
Total (Prem)   13   4   5   4    16-17  17
Football Lge
Home (Div 1)   28  14   8   6    47-34  37
Away (Div 1)   28   6  10  12    32-42  23
Total (Div 1)  56  20  18  18    79-76  60
Football Lge
Home (Div 2)    4   3   1   0    10-4    7
Away (Div 2)    4   1   1   2     3-5    3
Total (Div 2)   8   4   2   2    13-9   10
Total (Prem)   13   4   5   4    16-17  17
Total (Div 1)  56  20  18  18    79-76  60
Total (Div 2)   8   4   2   2    13-9   10
Grand Total    77  28  25  24   108-102 87

When Spurs and Leeds met at Tottenham last September, it was the last occasion on which George Graham presided over Leeds' affairs. Negotiations were well advanced for his moving to Tottenham. At that time, of course, there were very few Tottenham fans who could be induced to admit that his appointment might actually prove to be a turning point in Tottenham's history. Only time will tell, of course, but things do seem to be looking up for a team that had the scent of decay hanging around it with the vultures of the tabloid press gathering to write the last rites of Tottenham Hotspur.

The two clubs drew 3-3 that day. Leeds were actually 3-1 ahead at one point. Anderton equalised in the 14th minute. Halle put Leeds ahead after only three minutes. Hasselbaink and Winjhard extended Leeds' advantage by the hour. Iversen reduced the arrears to 3-2 with twenty minutes to go. And Sol Campbell grabbed the equaliser deep in injury time.

As can be seen from the above statistics, Spurs have rarely won at Leeds. Our first ever win in the league came in season 1947-48, the year after Leeds were relegated at the end of the first postwar season. We won 3-1, thanks to goals by Charlie Rundle, Eddie Baily and Ken Flint. The team was : Ditchburn; Tickridge, Buckingham; Nicholson, Woodward, Bennett; Cox, Jordan, Rundle, Baily, Flint.

Buckingham was, of course, later manager of Fulham and Ajax, among many others. Cox later moved to Arsenal and was manager of Bournemouth when that club knocked Spurs out of the FA Cup in 1956-57. Johnny Jordan was actually, as far as I am aware, the first British footballer to play in Italy. Many think the first British footballer to play out there was the great John Charles but they are wrong. Nicholson and Baily were later the managing team at Tottenham. Tickridge later coached at Chelsea. Of that team, Ditchburn, Nicholson, Bennett and Baily were to be the core of the Rowe team a few years later.

Our second win at Elland Road was in season 1957-58. Our team was : Ditchburn; Hills, Henry; Blanchflower, Norman, Ryden; Medwin, Brooks, Smith, Harmer, Robb. Bobby Smith grabbed both goals in our 2-1 win.

Our third win at Elland Road was in season 1959-60. Our team was : Brown; Baker, Henry; Blanchflower, Norman, Mackay; White, Harmer, Bobby Smith, Allen, Jones. Allen scored twice, Harmer and Bobby Smith once each in our 4-2 win.

Our fourth win at Elland Road was in season 1970-71. Our team was : Jennings; Kinnear, Knowles, Mullery, England, Naylor, Gilzean, Perryman, Chivers, Peters, Neighbour (sub Pearce). Martin Chivers grabbed both goals in our 2-1 win.

I remember this game was shown on Match of The Day. The whole team was magnificent but Pat Jennings, Mike England and Martin Chivers were the heroes of this match. Jennings played the proverbial blinder in goal whilst England marshalled the defence superbly. Chivers was well marked for most of the match but 'lost' his companions twice to score the vital goals.

Our fifth win at Elland Road was in season 1978-79. A fortnight earlier, we had been thrashed 7-0 at Liverpool. Our team was : Daines; McAllister, Gorman, Holmes, Lacy, Perryman, Villa (sub Armstrong), Ardiles, Lee, Pratt, Taylor. Lee and Taylor scored the goals in our 2-1 win.

Our sixth win at Elland Road was in season 1979-80. Our team was : Daines (sub Pratt); Hughton, McAllister, Yorath, Miller, Perryman, Ardiles, Chris Jones, Armstrong, Hoddle, Villa. Chris Jones and Armstrong scored the goals in our 2-1 win. Hoddle went in goal after Daines was injured.

Our seventh win at Elland Road was in season 1990-91. Our team was : Thorstvedt; Bergsson, Van den Hauwe, Sedgley, Howells, Mabbutt, Stewart, Gascoigne, Nayim, Lineker, Allen. Howells and Lineker scored the goals in our 2-0 win.

Our last win at Elland Road was in season 1995-96. Our team was : Walker; Edinburgh, Wilson, Campbell, Mabbutt, Dozzell, Howells, Fox, Anderton, Sheringham, Armstrong. Anderton scored twice and Armstrong once in our 3-1 win.

All these recorded victories are in respect of League matches only.

Leeds will be looking to gain revenge on us for knocking them out of the FA Cup. This match is our penultimate match before the League Cup Final at Wembley but we cannot afford to drop our guard against Leeds because we still need the points to be sure of our place in next season's Premier League. I think we will do well to nick a point given the fact we won't have as big a travelling contingent as usual. Much will depend on our surviving everything they can throw at us in the first half-hour or so. If we can survive that, there's a fair chance the Elland Road faithful may start to become impatient with their team and start to barrack them. Hasselbaink has been out of form recently and Leeds are fairly easy to subdue *IF* we can keep Kewell quiet.

I am making no predictions for this match because it is very difficult to call. All I will say is that I earnestly hope we do not acquire any more bookings or injuries. I'll be happy when this match is out of the way.

Cheers, Brian

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