Tag: Tottenham Hotspur

Video of the Day: Aston Villa vs Watford (& Others), February 1983

The Fifth Round of the FA Cup starts today, and as of yet there haven’t been many surprises in what has felt like a somewhat underwhelming competition, so far this season. Perhaps today will throw up an interesting result or two. Still, one disappointing season does not a useless competition make, and for our little blast from the past we’re going all the way back to 1983 for a complete edition of London Weekend Television’s The Big Match from the same stage of the competition, with matches between Aston Villa and Watford, Everton and Spurs, and Middlesbrough and Arsenal....

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Superly Duperly Sunday, 2: Manchester City 1-2 Spurs

The Tottenham Hotspur club motto, “Audere est facere”, translates as “to dare is to do”, and this evening Spurs supporters may just be beginning to come to terms with the fact that they may soon have to start considering their team to be contenders for this year’s Premier League title. This afternoon at The Etihad Stadium, they received a little of the rub of the green with a penalty decision that probably shouldn’t have been given, but overall were still reasonably good value for a win against a Manchester City team that wasn’t as abject as it was last...

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Video of the Day: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United, December 1970

The extent to which Manchester United’s period of flux in the years following the retirement of Alex Ferguson have their parallels with those following the retirement of Matt Busby are almost eerie. Busby had taken over at Old Trafford in 1945, eventually retiring in 1969, a year after reaching his goal of making United the first English champions of Europe. Busby announced his retirement in January 1969 for the end of that season. His replacement was a former player who had operated on the fringes of the Busby Babes, Wilf McGuinness. McGuinness had been a Manchester United player at...

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Video of the Day: Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur, September 1981

This weekend, Manchester City play Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League that is likely to go some way towards further muddying the waters of where the trophy might end up come the end of the season. These two teams have, of course, a long history of matches between them, ranging from the “Ballet On Ice” of 1968, when Manchester City danced their way around the Spurs defence on a snowbound pitch five times, to the 1981 FA Cup final, when Manchester City’s Tommy Hutchinson scored at both ends before a moment of beauty from Ricardo Villa in the replay...

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Video of the Day: Port Vale vs Tottenham Hotspur, January 1988

There was a time when the FA Cup was at the absolute top of the list of priorities for Tottenham Hotspur. The club and its supporters were proud of holding – jointly, for many years, with Aston Villa – the record for having won the competition the most times, even if the competition has been diminished in recent years by changing priorities on the part of the biggest clubs and administrative incompetence on the part of those charged with running it in the first place. For those of us born in the 1970s in north London, Spurs’ twin FA...

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