Tottenham On This Day: Boxing Day Success Only Away Win Of The Season

Alan Gilzean [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Alan Gilzean [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Tottenham On This Day

Boxing Day 26th December, 1964

Nottingham Forest 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2

Scorers: Gilzean, Jones

This was an unusual season for Spurs.They went through the entire season without losing a game at White Hart Lane but on their travels they had reached Christmas without an away success. From 11 away games they had taken only 4 points from draws at Burnley, Blackpool, Liverpool and Sheffield United. They were 7th in the league, 2 points behind Forest in 4th place who had lost only twice at the City Ground. The unexpected win at Forest on Boxing Day was the only away win Spurs managed all season.  

The victory at the City Ground came courtesy of goals from Alan Gilzean and Cliff Jones.Gilzean had made his debut the previous weekend against Everton and this goal was his first for the club following his transfer from Dundee earlier in the month. 

Cliff Jones put Spurs ahead in the 15th minute, a lead they held until the 65th minute when Forest equalised after increasing pressure on the Tottenham defence. A newspaper report of the day said that just as Tottenham were tottering from an all-out Forest assault, Alan Gilzean came up with the winner.

The goal ‘came from a panicky clearance which Jimmy Robeetson collected and raced past the Forest defender to deliver a cross waist-high or Gilzean to hook home. The goal which laid Tottenham’s away jinx was brilliantly finished in by Gilzean.’

Set up by this victory, Spurs recorded a resounding victory over Forest in the return fixture two days later, winning 4-0, with goals from Gilzean, Jimmy Greaves, Jimmy Robertson and Terry Dyson. On an icy pitch, the main action at White Hart Lane happened in a five minute period from the 26th minute. Spurs scored three times – Greaves glanced home a far post header from a cross by Alan Mullery, Robertson scored the second, another header, after good work by Terry Dyson, Mullery and Gilzean, and Dyson headed in the third. Maurice Norman went off with concussion in the second half but Gilzean headed a fourth with 4 minutes remaining.

Season 1964-64 is the only time that Spurs have gone through a complete season without a home defeat.

First Match

This dual fixture marks the occasion of my first appreciation of Spurs and 49 years later I’m still supporting them. I saw the result and the goals from the game at White Hart Lane on the BBC news that evening and from that moment I’ve supported Spurs through thick and thin!

What match is your first memory of Tottenham?

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