In Jimmy Greaves’ first full season with Tottenham, 1962-63, he established the club’s record for the number of League goals scored in a season. The record remains in place to this day.
On This Day
4th May, 1963
Tottenham Hotspur 4 Sheffield United 2 (1st Division)
Scorers: Greaves, Saul, Jones, Dyson
Jimmy Greaves established another Tottenham goal scoring record.
Tottenham finished the 1962-63 season in second place in the 1st Division, behind Everton. A late season slump, that sounds familiar, saw them drop out of contention for the title but Jimmy Greaves continued in his goalscoring ways. Spurs were also looking to Europe for success as Greaves’ phenomenal goal scoring feats set a new club record for the number of League goals scored in a season.
The previous record of 36 had been set in 1930-31 by Ted Harper when Spurs were in the Second Division and equalled in 1957-58 by Bobby Smith in the 1st Division.
The previous season Greaves had joined Tottenham from AC Milan and made his debut against Blackpool at White Hart Lane in mid-December, 1961, scoring a hat-trick. He played 22 League games that season and scored 21 goals.
In 1962-63 Greaves played 41 matches and scored 37 goals. He scored 4 goals in a 9 – 2 win over Nottingham Forest early in the season and another 4 against Liverpool in a 7 – 2 win at Easter. He also had two hat-tricks against Manchester United and Ipswich Town and scored 2 on 6 occasions throughout the season.
Greaves created the new record of 37 when scoring Spurs’ third against Sheffield United.
The other goals came from Frank Saul, Cliff Jones and Terry Dyson. Although Spurs still had three League games to play before the end of the season, Greaves failed to add to his total for the season.
The following year he scored 35 League goals and since then only Clive Allen has come near to his record, scoring 33 in 1986-87. Allen did, however, surpass Greaves’ record for the number of goals scored in all competitions in a season. That record stands at an incredible 49. Allen’s 49th goal was Tottenham’s early strike in the FA Cup Final defeat by Coventry City at Wembley.
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