18th November, 1950
Tottenham Hotspur 7 Newcastle United 0 (1st Division)
Scorers: Medley (3), Baily, Walters, Bennett, Ramsey (pen)
Team: Ditchburn; Ramsey, Willis; Nicholson, Clarke, Brittan; Walters, Bennett, Duquemin, Baily, Medley
The Tottenham team gave an exhibition of ‘Push and Run’ football at its very best.
Arthur Rowe’s team produced one of the finest displays ever seen at White Hart Lane. Spurs were newly promoted to the 1st Division and Newcastle came into the game in second place in the League. Spurs, after a disappointing start to the season, were fourth having won their previous seven matches but were without their inspirational captain, Ron Burgess due to injury.
The highest crowd of the season, 70,336, watched the game which saw Spurs three ahead at half-time. The opening goal came from Les Bennett after 4 minutes, on 25 minutes Eddie Baily added a second and Les Medley scored the third seven minutes later.
In the second half Medley ensured Tottenham maintained their supremacy by scoring the fourth 3 minutes after the restart. Sonny Walters got the fifth with a hour played while Medley completed his hat-trick for the sixth after Walters had hit the bar. The final goal was scored by Alf Ramsey from the penalty spot two minutes from time.
Newcastle were not as outplayed as the scoreline suggests but Spurs took their opportunities and played exceptionally well.
Distinguished journalist, Bernard Joy, in his match report wrote,
‘This was superb football. I thought Spurs had reached their peak against Portsmouth a fortnight ago but this exhibition was even better.’
[Spurs had scored 5 in their previous home match against Portsmouth]
True to Tottenham form, a week later they went to Huddersfield, a team near the bottom of the League, and lost 2-3.