In a season of transition in the mid-1950s, Tottenham scored seven goals against Sheffield Wednesday at White Hart Lane on this day, 22nd January, 1955. Tottenham on this Day
22nd January, 1955
Tottenham Hotspur 7 Sheffield Wednesday 2 (1st Division)
Scorers: Gavin (2), Brooks (2), Robb, Duquemin, Baily
Team: Reynolds, Ramsey, Hopkins, Blanchflower, Clarke, Marchi, Gavin, Baily, Duquemin, Brooks, Robb
In a transitional season for Tottenham, two new signings played their part in this victory over Sheffield Wednesday. Winger, Johhny Gavin had signed from Norwich City the previous October and the two goals he scored against Wednesday gave him six in fifteen appearances. Danny Blanchflower had joined from Aston Villa in December for £30,000 as a replacement for Bill Nicholson.
Going into this match Spurs were 14th in the 1st Division table with 22 points from 26 games. Wednesday were bottom with only 14 points, 4 points behind the team above them and six points from safety. Tottenham were a goal up after one minute when Gavin scored. Wednesday equalized but then Spurs went further ahead through goals from George Robb, Eddie Baily and Gavin.
In the second half further goals from Johnny Brooks, Len Duquemin and another from Brooks sealed Spurs victory although Wednesday scored a second.
Spurs, inspired by Danny Blanchflower, made light of the muddy conditions to put on a slick goalscoring performance against a struggling Wednesday side for one of their best results of a disappointing season.
The win lifted Spurs to 14th in the table but at the end of the season they had slipped to 16th with 40 points and wednesday slipped into the 2nd Division with only 26 points from 42 matches, 11 points from avoiding relegation.