Tottenham on this Day
27th December, 1952
On this day I was exactly 6 months old, Tottenham made the long journey to the north-east to play Middlesbrough in the second of the Christmas fixtures. They travelled in confidence as two days earlier on Christmas Day they had beaten Boro 7 – 1 at White Hart Lane.
Middlesbrough 0 Tottenham Hotspur 4
Scorers: Walters, Bennett, Duquemin and Opp. o.g.
At this time the Christmas fixtures were a double header with the return game played on Boxing Day but as Christmas Day was a Thursday, the match was played on Saturday giving Spurs an extra day before their long journey to the north-east. An unchanged team, again dominated the game to complete the ‘double’ over Middlesbrough to make the perfect Christmas – two wins and four points.
The goals were scored by Sonny Walters, Les Bennett who had scored 4 against them at White Hart Lane, Len Duquemin and an own goal.
Team: Ditchburn; Ramsey, Willis; Nicholson, Clarke, Brittan; Walters, Bennett, Duquemin, Baily, Medley
Before the two Christmas matches Middlesbrough had been in 10th place in the 1st Division, a point and four places ahead of Spurs. After the two wins the clubs swopped positions but Spurs had taken a three point advantage over Boro.
By the end of the season Spurs were still in 10th and Boro had moved up one place to 13th with the gap between the two clubs reduced to two points.
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