Bobby Smith scored Spurs late winner at Newcastle [Photo: Logan Homes]

Tottenham On This Day – Spurs Win 7-Goal Thriller At Newcastle


On this day, 29th October 1960, Tottenham won a seven goal thriller at Newcastle. Going into this game the team was undefeated in 13 matches in the 1st Division having dropped only one point earlier in the month in a draw with Manchester City at White Hart Lane. Spurs returned to winning ways the following weekend by defeating Nottingham Forest 4 – 0 at the City Ground.

29th October, 1960

Newcastle United 3 Tottenham Hotspur 4

Scorers: Norman, Jones, White, Smith

Maurice Norman - hero and villain at Newcastle [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Maurice Norman – hero and villain at Newcastle [Photo: Logan Holmes]

The demand to see Spurs in the 1960-61 season was illustrated in the attendance at this game which was 17,000 more than any of Newcastle’s previous games.

The trip to Newcastle would be a stern test for Bill Nicholson’s side and they found themselves a goal behind after thirty minutes. Spurs had equalised within two minutes with a goal as centre-half Maurice Norman headed in a cross from Dave Mackay. From the restart Newcastle regained the lead when Norman turned from hero to villain with a poor clearance which allowed the home centre-forward, White, to score his second goal. Behind at the interval, it was the first time that Spurs had suffered that experience that season..

Bill Nicholson’s half-time talk saw Spurs raise their game and John White equalised for the second time but only after the home side had hit the post. Cliff Jones who had created the equaliser, turned scorer with an hour played.

However, Spurs didn’t hold onto their advantage for long as three minutes later a mistake by Bill Brown allowed Newcastle to draw level. The Scottish international goalkeeper misjudged a high centre from Hughes.

With a draw looking the likely outcome, Bobby Smith scored the winner from a Les Allen cross with only three minutes remaining. Smith’s late winner maintained Tottenham’s 100% away record.

Team: Brown; Baker, Henry; Blanchflower, Norman, Mackay; Jones, White, Smith, Allen, Dyson

Tags: 29th October 1960 Double Team Newcastle United Soccer Tottenham Hotspur