In recent years 14th October has been during the international period so the last time that Spurs played on this date was in 2006 when their first match after the break was against Aston Villa at Villa Park. Who are first up for Tottenham after the current international games? Away to Villa.
Oct. 2006 PL Draw 1 – 1 Opp. o.g.
Angel was the a Spurs’ hero on the day but a Villa villain as he missed a penalty when Calum Davenport was sent off to reduce Spurs to ten men and then his own goal put them ahead with fifteen minutes remaining. Villa equalised through Gareth Barry five minutes later. This was goalkeeper Paul Robinson’s first game following his blunder which contributed to England’s defeat in Croatia.
Other Matches on 14th October
2000 v Coventry City (a) Lost 1 – 2 Rebrov
Tottenham were struggling away from home and had another unsuccessful trip, this time to play Coventry in the Premiership. Sergei Rebrov scored Spurs’ only goal in a 1-2 defeat to make it four successive away defeats. In his first season with Tottenham, this goal brought record signing Rebrov’s total to 5 having scored twice the previous weekend in a 3-4 defeat at Leeds United.
Away from White Hart Lane, Spurs under George Graham had gained one point at Middlesbrough in the first away game in August and it was not until February that Spurs were to take all three points on their travels. On that occasion another Rebrov goal was enough to beat Manchester City.
1995 v Nottingham Forest (h) Lost 0 – 1
1989 v Charlton Athletic (a) Won 3 – 1 Thomas, Lineker, Gascoigne
After a slow start to his time at White Hart Lane, Gary Lineker was finding his goalscoring touch. His first Tottenham goal had come in late September at Norwich City. He scored a hat-trick in his next match against QPR in a 3 – 2 home win. The goal against Charlton gave him 5 in three successive games.
1978 v Birmingham City (h) Won 1 – 0 Opp. o.g.
1972 v Norwich City (a) Lost 1 – 2 Chivers
14th October, 1967
Coventry City 2 Tottenham 3
This was Spurs’ first meeting with Coventry City in the First Division and their first visit to Highfield Road for eighteen seasons following Coventry’s promotion. The game was entertaining and Spurs won thanks to goals from Jimmy Greaves (2) and Cliff Jones.
It was Spurs third away win of the season and restored some order as they had lost heavily in the previous three away games at Burnley, Highbury and Old Trafford.
Team: Jennings; Kinnear, Knowles, Mullery, England, Beal, Robertson, Greaves, Gilzean, Venables, Jones.
1961 v Manchester City (h) Won 2 – 0 Medwin, White
The previous year in mid-October, Manchester City had ended Spurs’ perfect start to the season taking a point in a 1 – 1 draw. This time Spurs had no problems with their goals being scored by Terry Medwin and John White.
With the international break in early October now an established part of the footballing calendar, there will probably be only occasional matches played on this date in the future.