Tottenham and Dinamo Tbilisi have met on two previous occasions at White Hart Lane. In 1973-74 season they played in the UEFA Cup but in the ‘Double’ wining season they played a friendly.
1973-74 UEFA Cup
Tottenham 5 Dynamo Tbilisi 1 UEFA Cup 3rd Round (2nd Leg)
Scorers: McGrath, Chivers (2), Peters (2)This match in December, 1973 was the first time the two teams had played competitively in England. The 1st leg match had ended in a 1 – 1 draw so Tottenham were confident of progressing to the next round of the UEFA Cup.
In a night of excellent football Spurs had one of their glorious European evenings at White Hart Lane. Spurs scored after half an hour when Chris McGrath who was having an exciting debut season, headed in from a Ralph Coates’ cross. Tbilisi looked dangerous on the break and almost equalised on half-time. Early in the second half, with both teams having all to play for, the visitors came close to scoring on three occasions before Spurs got their second in the 52nd minute. Another cross from Coates brought a goal from Martin Chivers.
Four minutes later Tbilisi scored but Spurs went further ahead after 62 minutes when Martin Peters scored following a corner. The Tbilisi defence couldn’t cope with the Spurs centres into the penalty area as Chivers headed in a Peters’ cross after 76 minutes and four minutes later Peters headed home a cross from John Pratt.
Team: Jennings; Evans, Naylor; Pratt, England, Beal; McGrath, Perryman, Chivers, Peters, Coates
That season Spurs progressed to the Final of the UEFA Cup but lost in the Final, over two legs, to Feyenoord.
In November, 1960 with Tottenham sitting proudly at the top of the 1st Division, they played a friendly against Tbilisi at White Hart Lane. On the Monday evening following their first defeat of the season at Sheffield Wednesday, a full strength side played with only Cliff Jones absent from the team which had played the previous Saturday.
Tottenham Hotspur 5 Dinamo Tbilisi 2
Scorers: Mackay (2), Medwin (2), Dyson
While Cliff Jones was out of the team with an injury, his more than capable deputy, the Welsh international, Terry Medwin scored twice as Spurs recorded a comfortable win. Due to a colour clash Tottenham wore their blue away shirt and it was Medwin who put Spurs ahead after 17 minutes. Tbilisi equalised and with the match looking set to be level at the interval, Dave Mackay took centre stage. In the 38th minute it required a top class save from Bill Brown to keep the visitors at bay but then Mackay took over.
In the 40th minute he was kicked accidentally on the head and was about to be stretchered off. Up jumped Mackay and 25 seconds later was at the end of a quick five-man Tottenham attack to give then a 2 – 1 lead. Two minutes after the break, he scored the third from a header by Bobby Smith. Medwin added the fourth five minutes later and Terry Dyson scored the fifth after 65 minutes. The crowd of over 38,600 were urging Mackay on to a hat-trick but it was the Russians who scored the final goal of the evening with three minutes to play.
In their three tour matches Tbilisi conceded 5 goals. On their next visit to White Hart Lane they let in 5. Can Tottenham score another 5 tonight to go along with the five scored by Andros Townsend, Roberto Soldado (2), Danny Rose and Paulinho in Georgia a week ago?