Danny Blanchflower [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Tottenham On This Day: The Double Team Go Marching On At Everton


17th December, 1960

Everton 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3

Scorers: White, Allen, Mackay

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

In foggy conditions at Goodison Park, Spurs maintained their position at the top of the Division by completing the ‘double’ over Everton. The season had kicked off with two late goals from Bobby Smith and Les Allen ensuring a home victory over the Merseysiders and in this return game, Everton started strongly. 

It was Tottenham, however, who went ahead after half an hour through John White. Three minutes later they were two ahead with a fierce Les Allen shot. Both goals were inspired by captain, Danny Blanchflower. The match report took note of Blanchflower’s influence in contrast to the dank, murk and gloom of Liverpool. Bernard Joy wrote,

‘That master tactician Danny Blanchflower was behind both goals. The timing of them made it look as though he had allowed Everton their head and then swept Spurs over to the offensive at the right moment.

His skill shone brightly despite the poor visibility caused by a Merseyside fog, which even Everton’s expensive floodlights could not penetrate.’

Everton pulled a goal back early in he second half but Spurs continued to have the better scoring chances and got their third with a 35-yard drive from Dave Mackay with thirty minutes remaining. 

Spurs were now 10 points ahead of their closest rivals, Everton, with a record of 19 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat. In 22 games they had scored 72 goals and conceded only 26.

Ever Present

With just over half the season played, 8 players had appeared in all of the 22 matches – Bill Brown, Peter Baker, Ron Henry, Blanchflower, Maurice Norman, White, Allen and Terry Dyson. Mackay had missed only one game.

Danny Blanchflower [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Danny Blanchflower [Photo: Logan Holmes]

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