21st November, 1931
Tottenham Hotspur 9 Port Vale 3 (2nd Division)
Scorers: Hunt (2), Davies (3), Brain (2), Colquhoun, Lyons (pen)
This was the first time that Spurs scored nine goals in a League game, something they have only done on a further three occasions.
Spurs had just missed out on promotion at the end of the previous season but the new season was proving a big disappointment although they had won their previous home game by 6 – 2 against Swansea.
Prior to the game Port Vale were above Tottenham in the League table but Spurs ran out convincing winners.
Centre forward George Hunt scored twice and the rest of the goals came from the right side of the team. Right winger Willie Davies scored a hat-trick, inside right Jimmy Brain claimed two, while right half Dave Colquhoun and right back Albert Lyons scored one each, Lyons with a penalty.
The Other 9s in League
The other games when Spurs scored 9 goals in a League game will be more familiar to supporters:
29th September, 1962 1st Division v Nottingham Forest (h) Won 9 – 2
22nd October, 1977 2nd Division v Bristol Rovers (h) Won 9 – 0
22nd November, 2009 PL v Wigan Althletic (h) Won 9 – 1
Nine in FA Cup
12 January, 1953 3rd Round FA Cup Replay v Tranmere Rovers Won 9 – 1
Nine in Europe
Spurs also scored nine in a European match in the early 1970s.
28th September, 1971 UEFA Cup v Keflavik (h) Won 9 – 0