Tottenham meet Newcastle United at White Hart Lane on Saturday and will be hoping to avenge their opening day defeat at St. James’ Park. A late penalty denied Spurs a point after Jermain Defoe had scored an equaliser, only four minutes earlier. In Andre Villas-Boas’ first match in charge of Tottenham, the team had played well and were deserving of at least a point. Spurs will be wary of Newcastle who with their new signings in place have won their last two games, including last weekend’s home win over Chelsea.
Last season’s match will be in everyone’s mind where an Emmanuel Adebayor inspired Tottenham to a 5 – 0 success. He created all four first half goals and added the fifth after the interval. Spurs fans will be looking for more of the same while Newcastle will be hoping to avenge that uncharacteristic defeat.
Tottenham v Newcastle
- Tottenham have won the last 3 home games against Newcastle
- The last draw at White Hart Lane in the League was in October, 1995 when Chris Armstrong scored fro Spurs.
- Emmanuel was involved in all 5 goals last season.
- Jermain Defoe has scored 4 goals against Newcastle – 2 at home and 2 away.
- Tottenham’s largest win over Newcastle was 7 – 0 in 1950. (Ten months later they lost 2 – 7 at Newcastle)
Last Season’s Match:
This Was as Good as It Got for Tottenham
Feb. 2012 PL Won 5 – 0 Assou-Ekotto, Saha (2), Kranjcar, Adebayor
This match provided the perfect end to a hectic week for Harry Redknapp. He had been cleared of all charges in his court case, he was being touted as the leading candidate for the vacant England manager’s post, the fans showed their desire for him to stay and the players responded by producing one of their best displays of the season.
White Hart Lane was buzzing with the Spurs supporters constantly singing and chanting the name of Harry Redknapp as they showed their support for the manager. If the fans were up for the game, then so were the players as Newcastle discovered very early on. Tottenham, inspired by a re-energised Emmanuel Adebayor, scored twice in the opening six minutes through Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Louis Saha, making his home debut. Adebayor the creator and inspiration for the team set up two more goals for Saha and Nico Kranjcar before half-time. He then completed the rout by scoring in the second half.
That win was the high point of Tottenham’s season. Their loss of form came unexpectedly before the end of the month and by the season’s end Harry Redknapp was soon to be departing but not to manage England as had been expected only a few months earlier.
Home League Record against Newcastle (inc. PL)
P 67 W 36 D 11 L 20 For 127 Ag 76
Home Record in PL:
P 18 W 11 D 1 L 6 For 34 Ag 21
Previous PL Matches
Dec. 2010 PL Won 2 – 0 Lennon, Bale
Spurs had a relatively comfortable win in the final match of 2010, winning with second half goals from Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale, despite finishing the game with ten men, Younes Kaboul having been sent off a few minutes after the opening goal.
Apr. 2009 PL Won 1 – 0 Bent
As Newcastle battled to avoid relegation, Darren Bent’s goal midway through the first half didn’t help their cause. Spurs, kept their second successive clean sheet and after their early season problems had climbed to ninth.
Mar. 2008 PL Lost 1 – 4 Bent
The euphoria of the previous month’s Carling Cup win was starting to wane as Spurs conceded four goals for the third time in six League games. Bent gave Spurs the lead, midway through the half but once Newcastle had equalised on the stroke of half-time, the visitors showed a greater desire to win.
Jan. 2007 PL Lost 2 – 3 Defoe, Berbatov
Jermain Defoe put Spurs ahead after fourteen minutes but Newcastle were level two minutes later. Dimitar Berbatov restored Spurs lead in the second half but two goals in a minute gave Newcastle the points. The visitors’ second goal was a stunning strike from Martins.
Dec. 2005 PL Won 2 – 0 Tainio, Mido
Spurs were fourth and making a concerted attempt to attain a Champions League place and another comfortable win kept them on target. Teemu Tainio scored his first goal for Spurs, just before the interval, and Mido made victory secure midway through the second half.
Apr. 2005 PL Won 1 – 0 Defoe
Spurs won comfortably but had only a late first half goal from Defoe to show for their effort and had to withstand late pressure from Newcastle as they tried to snatch a point.
Mar. 2004 PL Won 1 – 0 O’Brien o.g.
The match which looked to be heading for a scoreless draw was settled in the final minutes when the Newcastle central defender, Andy O’Brien, put through his own goal.
Prior to 2004 Spurs lost both home matches in January, 2002 (1 – 3) and 2003 (0 – 1). Iversen scored the goal in 2002 and was also among the scorers in a 3 – 1 success in August, 1999 along with Les Ferdinand and Tim Sherwood.
A Great Start to 2001
1st January, 2001 PL Won 4 – 2 Doherty, Anderton (p), Rebrov, Ferdinand
Newcastle took the lead midway through the first half but Spurs were level with a Gary Doherty header within five minutes. Darren Anderton put them ahead with a penalty three minutes later but missed another within two as Newcastle were reduced to ten men. Sergei Rebrov increased Spurs’ lead five minutes later. Shortly after half-time, Neil Sullivan was sent off, having conceded a penalty from which the visitors scored. Newcastle were then reduced to nine men a few minutes later. Ferdinand scored a fourth with over ten minutes remaining as Spurs secured their first win in seven games.
‘Push and Run’ at its Very Best!
18th November, 1950 1st Div. Won 7 – 0 Ramsey (p), Walters, Bennett, Baily, Medley (3)Spurs had just returned to the 1st Division for the first time since before the 2nd World War and were on their way to winning their first League title. Arthur Rowe’s ‘Push and Run’side were at their very best and completely overran Newcastle that day in what has been described as ‘one of the finest displays ever put on by a Tottenham team.’
At the start of the day, Newcastle were second in the table with Spurs fourth but Tottenham had won their last seven League matches. The visitors were three down at half-time, Les Bennett, Eddie Baily and Les Medley having scored for Spurs. Medley scored the fourth, Sonny Walters added a fifth, before Medley completed his hat-trick. Alf Ramsey added to the visitors’ misery with a penalty.
At the end of the season TottenhamHotspur were League Champions for the first time and Newcastle United won the FA Cup. The following season’s Charity Shield match was played at White Hart Lane and Tottenham triumphed 2 – 1.
**In true Tottenham fashion, however, having put 7 past Newcastle, they went out the next weekend and lost 2 – 3 at Huddersfield Town.**
Over To You!
What are your memories of past matches against Newcastle at White Hart Lane?