Tottenham defeated Arsenal at White Hart Lane on 4th April, 1983 by 5 – 0 and full back Chris Hughton scored twice. It was a memorable match for every Tottenham and an instantly forgettable one for every Arsenal fan. Other matches on 4th April include a nine goal thriller against Ipswich Town and a controversial FA Cup semi-final defeat to the other team in north London.
On This Day
4th April, 1983
A Great Day, A Great Game, A Great Result!
Tottenham Hotspur 5 Arsenal 0
Scorers: Hughton (2), Falco (2), BrazilA result for all Spurs fans to savour and remember for ever. It was Tottenham’s biggest win over their north London neighbours and only the second time Spurs had scored 5 against Arsenal. On Christmas Day, 1911 Spurs managed a similar score line in only their fifth meeting in the football League. It is a result that we all look forward to seeing repeated some day, in the not too distant future. (I hope).
Spurs’ injury problems had persisted throughout the season. To strengthen the squad Alan Brazil was signed from Ipswich for £450,000. He made his debut against Watford and Spurs won 1 – 0, their first away win since September. Steve Perryman, however, was sent off and the second game of his two match suspension was this game against Arsenal.
Going into this Easter Monday game, Spurs were a point ahead of Arsenal but had lost at bottom club, Brighton, the previous Saturday. Spurs were also without the injured Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa and went into the game with 4 strikers, Mark Falco, Steve Archibald and Terry Gibson as well as Brazil.
The 92nd League game between the clubs was memorable for Spurs, described in ‘The Times’ as,
‘not so much a famous victory for Tottenham Hotspur but an embarrassing humilation for Arsenal.’
Spurs were three ahead ahead within 18 minutes. Hughton scored the first and third goals but the second goal after 13 minutes was a stunning volley from Mark Falco. A goal described by manager, Keith Burkinshaw as ‘the best goal I’ve seen in a long time.’ Mark Falco also scored a second and Alan Brazil spurned many opportunities to score his first goal for Spurs but eventually scored after an hour.
Team: Clemence; Hughton, O’Reilly; Roberts, Miller, Gibson, Mabbutt, Archibald, Galvin, Brazil, Falco.
Spurs finished the season in 4th place, 11 points ahead of Arsenal in 10th position.
@HotspurHQ Great memories, stood on the Shelf with my dad and got crushed, but it was worth it.
— Paul Bennett (@paulzano) April 4, 2013
Yesterday’s blog on HotspurHQ:
Europa League preview – Spurs Hope for a Fawlty Performance from Basel – here
Also on This Day……..
4th April, 1993
FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley
Tottenham Hotspur 0 Arsenal 1
In the first 100 years of the FA Cup there had been only two Cup meetings between the north London rivals 1949 and 1982. Now, there had been two meetings in three seasons as the clubs again went to Wembley for the semi-final. Spurs lost to a headed goal from a corner but should have had a penalty when Darren Anderton was scythed to the ground in the penalty area. The referee gave a free-kick on the edge of the area. Poor marking at a free-kick saw Spurs succumb to a goal from Tony Adams’ header in the 79th minute and then Lee Dixon was sent off for tripping Justin Edinburgh, three minutes from the end.
In his book, ‘The Glory of Spurs’, Jim Duggan includes the match in the section entitled ‘Eight FA Cup Semi-Final Injustices’ and describes it,
‘After about 20 minutes, Anderton was taken down just inside the box, deserving a penalty and a red card for the offending Arsenal player. The referee saw things differently and gave Spurs a free-kick outside the box, also allowing Andy Linighan to stay on the pitch. Arsenal toughed it out with 11 men and nicked it near the end’.
4th April, 1964
Tottenham Hotspur 6 Ipswich Town 3
Scorers: Jones (3), White (2), Robertson Baker (3)
Spurs again demonstrated they had discovered how to play against Alf Ramsey’s Ipswich. In 1961-62 season, Ipswich had won both League games and went on to be League Champions. Spurs had reversed these results in the Charity Shield, winning 5 – 1, and winning both League games (5 – 0 at home, 4 – 2 away).
This season as Ipswich slumped to relegation, Spurs won 3 – 2 at Ipswich and this home game saw Cliff Jones score a hat-trick, John White scored twice in the first half as Spurs lead 4 – 1 by the break. Jimmy Robertson scored his first goal for the club in only his second appearance, having signed from St. Mirren. John White was back to near his best form in a game that saw the Ipswich centre forward, Gerry Baker, score a hat-trick.
#knowyourtottenhamhistory 3rd April, 1982 Spurs Defeat Leicester City in FA Cup semi-final
Over To You
Were you at White Hart Lane for Spurs largest victory over Arsenal? What are your memories of that day?