Southampton hasn’t always been a happy hunting ground for Tottenham. Everyone remembers two FA Cup ties with contrasting fortunes for Spurs. There was Ronnie Rosenthal’s night to remember in March 1995 when his hat-trick as a substitute helped Spurs recover from a two goal deficit to win 5 – 2 after extra time. In stark contrast was the 4-goal defeat for Glenn Hoddle’s team in the 3rd Round in 2003. Here are 4 of Tottenham’s best results in the League at Southampton
Last Time at St. Mary’s Stadium
Last season Gareth Bale returned to play at Southampton for the first time since his transfer to White Hart Lane. His first half performance when he scored the first goal helped Spurs to a two goal advantage at the interval. Clint Dempsey scored the second. After half-time the home team regrouped, scored a goal and put Spurs under considerable pressure. At the final whistle Spurs were relieved the take all three points. It was Spurs’ 50th league game at Southampton but only their 3rd win in 14 Premier League matches.
Spurs Away League Record at Southampton (inc. PL)
P 50 W 11 D 16 L 23 For 47 Ag 68
Spurs Away Record at St. Mary’s Stadium in Premier League
P 14 W 3 D 3 L 8 For 10 Ag 16
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Scoreless Draw in May, 1978
It might only have been a scoreless draw but the outcome of Tottenham’s season depended on that one point. Second played third and both clubs needed at least a point to be certain of promotion from the 2nd Division. In a nervy, tension-packed game both sides were glad of the point. Spurs finished level on points with 4th placed Brighton but their goal difference was 9 goals better than the other south coast club – the exact number of goals Spurs scored against Bristol Rovers the previous October.
Spurs’ Biggest Win
It was back in the 1930s that Spurs recorded their biggest win at Southampton scoring three goals without reply. It was only their third game at Southampton in the Football League although the clubs had met regularly in non-League days. The match was played on Boxing Day 1930, the two clubs having met at White Hart Lane the previous day. Southampton had won 3 – 1 on Christmas Day but at the Dell on a quagmire of a pitch, Spurs avenged that defeat. Spurs goals were scored by the Irish international, Dick Rowley, who was returning to play against his former club. Spurs’ other goals were scored by Eugene (Taffy) O’Callaghan and Willie Davies.
1991-92 Five Goal Thriller
Played in August, the opening game of the season. Peter Shreeves had returned for a second spell in charge with Terry Venables becoming Chief Executive. Spurs, the FA Cup holders, were without Paul Gascoigne but had new signing Gordon Durie in the team. He made a scoring debut as Spurs won 3 – 2. Gary Lineker scored twice as Spurs made the most of their limited goal opportunities.
At the Dell Alan Shearer put Southampton ahead after two minutes. It was in the 39th minute that Spurs drew level when Paul Stewart set up Lineker for the equaliser. There were three goals in in 4 minutes in the second half. With 20 minutes remaining Durie put Spurs ahead after the Southampton goalkeeper pushed a Paul Allen cross off the head of Lineker for him to finish coolly. Two minutes later Lineker scored his second but the home side pulled a goal back within two minutes, Neil Ruddock heading home.
After the opening day promise for Tottenham, it turned out to be a very disappointing season for both clubs with Spurs finishing 15th in the league and Southampton, one place lower.