Tottenham Hotspur 2 Arsenal 1
Terry Venables had taken over as Tottenham manager in December 1987 but it had been a difficult six months to the end of the season with Spurs finishing 13th in the 1st Division. There were many changes in personnel as Venables brought in ‘his’ players including most significantly Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker although the sale of Chris Waddle who had gone to play in France the previous summer had been a big loss.
Tottenham had not beaten Arsenal since 1985. Going into this game, however, with successive victories over Queen’s Park Rangers and Charlton Athletic, Spurs’ form under Terry Venables was showing improvement.
Newspaper reports, at the time, saw the victory as their most important result under Venables, laying the North London hoodoo which Arsenal had maintained since his arrival.
Spurs won following five frantic minutes during the first half when a ‘red’ mist descended upon Tony Adams and from two free-kicks conceded by him, they scored both goals through Vinny Samways and Paul Walsh.
Despite a second half goal conceded, Spurs created the better goalscoring chances for Gary Lineker and won with the help of goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt.
Team: Thorstvedt; Thomas, M., Mabbutt, Fenwick, Van den Hauwe; Allen, P., Gascoigne, Samways (Howells), Sedgley; Walsh, Lineker.