Tottenham on this Day
Chivers Scores On His Debut
Sheffield Wednesday 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 (1st Division)
Scorers: Greaves, Chivers
Team: Jennings, Kinnear, Knowles, Mullery, Beal, Mackay, Robertson, Bond, Chivers, Gilzean, Greaves
Martin Chivers became the most expensive player ever, when Bill Nicholson signed him from Southampton for £125,000 with Frank Saul who had scored for Spurs in the previous season’s FA Cup semi-final and final, moving to the south coast club as part of the deal.
Chivers made his Tottenham debut in this game against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, a ground where Spurs had not won since 1937. He quickly justified his price when four minutes from time he powered through the Wednesday defence to flight a looping shot into the net.
Spurs had gone a goal down in the 42nd minute but a well worked goal from Jimmy Greaves right on half-time brought the scores level.
This was the start of Chivers successful career at Tottenham, one which saw the striker score vital goals on Spurs road to future Cup success at home and in Europe.
Klinsmann Goal Against West Ham
17th January, 1998
Tottenham Hotspur 1 West Ham United 0 (Premier League)
Team: Baardsen; Carr, Vega, Campbell, Wilson; Fox (Brady), Calderwood (Howells), Berti, Sinton; Klinsmann, Ginola (Dominguez)Jurgen Klinsmann scored his first goal for Spurs since re-joining the club the previous December. He had returned to Tottenham in an attempt to regain full fitness prior to the European Championships to be held in the summer in England and to assist Spurs in their struggle against relegation.
It was a very difficult season at White Hart Lane as manager Christian Gross endeavoured to assert his authority at the club while he was highly ridiculed by the media and many fans who were sceptical of this unknown manager.
Klinsmann’s goal came in the 7th minute as a result of Clive Wilson robbing a West Ham defender and giving the ball to David Ginola who drilled a low cross to the near post. As the defender hesitated, Klinsmann pounced and toe-poked the ball home. for the remainder of the half Kinsmann was a peripheral figure, chasing hard but starved of possession.