This evening’s match against Tromso IL is only Tottenham’s second competitive game in Norway. After a three goal win in the opening Group match. Spurs having qualified for the knock-out stages will want to maintain their perfect record but know that a point will be sufficient for them to win Group K.
Tottenham have played in Norway on end of season tours and for pre-season friendlies, especially in the 1970s and 80s but their only previous match in a European competition was against Lyn Oslo in September, 1972. Spurs travelled to Oslo for the 1st Round, 1st leg UEFA Cup match and recorded a 6 – 3 win.
13th September, 1972
v Lyn Oslo (a) Won 6 – 3 Gilzean (2), Pratt, Peters, Chivers (2)
Tottenham were the holders of the UEFA Cup and the match was a mix of sharp finishing by Spurs and poor defending. Lyn Oslo went ahead inside 8 minutes but Spurs responded within seconds through Martin Paters. Midway through the half John Pratt put Spurs in front with a shot from 25 yards. Alan Gilzean scored twice in a minute but Lyn Oslo pulled one back immediately.
The home side further reduced the deficit after 58 minutes and gave Spurs a few uncomfortable moments before Martin Chivers scored twice in the final 8 minutes to make the score more respectable.
Team: Jennings; Evans, Knowles; Pratt, England, Naylor; Gilzean, Peryman, Chivers, Peters, Pearce
In the return game at White Hart Lane Spurs again scored six but managed to keep a clean sheet.