Tottenham return to Premier League action with a home game against Hull City. Spurs will want a greatly improved performance and result after losing in their last game at home. They will not, however, find Hull easy opponents as they have had the better of results in the only two Premier League games between the two teams at White Hart Lane.
P 2 W 0 D 1 L 1 For 0 Ag 1
Home League Record against Hull (inc. PL)
P 9 W 4 D 4 L 1 For 14 Ag 5
As can be seen from the records above Tottenham have never scored against Hull in the Premier League at White Hart Lane and so have yet to record a home win against them in top-flight football. The clubs’ other League meetings were in the 2nd Division, the last time being in 1977-78 when Spurs spent one season out of the 1st Division and the match against Hull, the final home game of the season, was crucial in Spurs’ battle for promotion.
Home Games In Premier League
Jan. 2010 Draw 0 – 0
Tottenham did everything but score against a very determined Hull team who were in an unsuccessful fight against relegation. Having won 5 – 1 at Hull in the first away game of the season, Spurs would have been expecting to take the three points but it wasn’t to be. The Hull goalkeeper, Boaz Myhill had an inspired afternoon to keep Spurs at bay and the whole team defended in depth and denied them any opportunity to get a goal. In the words of Harry Redknapp, “It was one of those afternoons.”
Oct. 2008 Lost 0 – 1
Newly promoted Hull had started the season well and after 6 games had 11 points. They were unbeaten away from home with two wins and a draw to be 6th in the table. Spurs on the other hand had started terribly and were rooted to the bottom of the league without a win and only two points. Hull had won at Arsenal in their previous game and were up for a north London ‘double’. Juande Ramos’ team struggled, Hull scored after 9 minutes and Spurs never recovered. They had plenty of possession but caused few problems to Hull’s well organised defence. This Hull’s first win at Tottenham in League or Cup.
April, 1978 Won 1 – 0 Perryman
It was the final home match of the season and Tottenham were in a four way battle for promotion after one season in the 2nd Division. Spurs needed the win against relegated Hull but the game had reached the final minutes with the visiting goalkeeper standing firm to deny Tottenham a goal. The goalkeeper caught a cross from a corner but when a Spurs forward challenged him he dropped the ball allowing Perryman to score a controversial but crucial winner. That win set up Spurs to take a point in the final game at Southampton to gain promotion in third place on goal difference.
The previous match had been in Tottenham’s promotion year in 1949-50 when the match at White Hart Lane ended in another scoreless draw. The match was the first of the three Easter fixtures played over four days. The game was played on Good Friday, on the Saturday Spurs defeated Preston at home and then travelled to Hull on the Monday where they lost by a single goal. That season Spurs were Champions of the 2nd Division finishing with 61 points, 9 ahead of second placed Sheffield Wednesday but in their final 7 games, starting with the draw against Hull, the victory over Preston was their only win and the loss at Hull was the start of a run of 4 consecutive defeats as they took only one more point in the final match of the season, a scoreless draw at Wednesday.
First Meeting at White Hart Lane
January, 1909 Draw 0 – 0
It was Spurs first season in the Football League. They had lost by the only goal of the game at Hull the previous September and were held to a goal less draw by Hull who were also in contention for promotion. Hull missed out by finishing 4th but Spurs were promoted as runners-up.
First Win – Largest win
Hull’s next match at White Hart Lane was in the 2nd Division on Christmas day, 1919. Spurs recorded their biggest win over Hull scoring four goals without reply. Spurs were again on their way to promotion as Champions with a record 70 points. The goals were scored by captain, Arthur Grimsdell (pen), Jimmy Cantrell and Bert Bliss (2). The following day the return match was played in Hull with Spurs winning 3 – 1. The goals came from Cantrell, Jimmy Dimmock and an own goal. Dimmock was a 19 year old left winger who had made his debut in October but 18 months later it would be his goal which brought the FA Cup to White Hart Lane for the second time in a win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
October, 1928 Won 4 – 1 Scott, Osborne, Elkes (2)
December, 1929 Draw 2 – 2 Harper (2)
September, 1935 Won 3 – 1 McCormick, Howe, D.A. Hunt
Tottenham are due a goal and a win over Hull. Steve Perryman being the only Tottenham player to score against Hull at home in the League since the mid-1930s. The last four league games at White Hart Lane have produced 2 goals so hopefully Sunday’s match will provide more entertainment.