Tottenham, Some Ferocious Welsh Rivalry and a Touch of Humour at WHL

Gareth Bale – Tottenham’s modern Welsh hero [Photo: Jav The_Doc_66]


Logan’s article on Swansea tells you everything you could want to know about our clashes with them. I don’t have any Swanseastories but one of the funniest incidents “when I was there” as Max Boyce used to say did happen over a couple of matches involving Welsh players.

It was a quip at a home League game against Manchester United in 1979 and the denouement to an incident in a 6th round FA Cup tie the previous year when Mickey Thomas had dived to get United a penalty. I know it was a dive because it happened right under my nose. My mates and I had traded three tickets in the Spurs end and some cash with a tout for four tickets in the away fans section (at that time, Paxton Road, behind the goal). Having dived, Thomas picked himself up and gave a big stage wink to what he thought was a bank of United fans – but it included us four Spurs fans absolutely apoplectic – and also a bit in fear for our lives when a United fan in front turned and screamed what they were going to f**ing do to us f***rs. Never was I happier to see a penalty against us go in. It seemed to cheer him and his chums up and calm him down for a while. It was the only time I ever left a game early, discretion being the better part of valour in this instance. Anyway – back to the ensuing league game…

Terry Yorath, ex Leeds United but now our skipper, hit Mickey with a hell of a tackle, like a ton of bricks. By extreme coincidence, this also happened right in front of me. (This time, over by the touchline in the East stand near the North stand end.) In one of those moments that just sometimes happens, it went unusually quiet, some wag with a voice like a foghorn yelled out from behind me, “That’s it Terry, you get the little Welsh b%&*£d”. It got a roar of laughter from the few hundred people that could hear it. I don’t know if he meant it as ironic or not.

You see, Terry Yorath had been and probably still was the captain of Wales! These days some people would call it a racist comment but if you are reasonably broad minded you can still see the funny side.

Topics: Manchester United, Soccer, Terry Yorath, Tottenham Hotspur, Welsh Rivals

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