Tottenham on this Day
Derek Possee was an 18-year-old winger who made a scoring debut for Tottenham against Aston Villa at White Hart Lane in 25th January, 1964.
25th January, 1964
POSSEE PUTS SPURS INTO TOP GEAR
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Aston Villa 1 (1st Divison)
Scorers: Possee, Dyson, Greaves
Team: Hollowbread; Baker, Hopkins; Beal, Norman, Marchi; Possee, White, Allen, Greaves, Dyson
The 1963-64 season was a period of transition for Tottenham as Bill Nicholson started to replace members of the ‘Double’ winning team. Injury had taken Danny Blanchflower, Dave Mackay and Terry Medwin from the team and some of the reserves were getting their opportunity but Spurs were still top of the 1st Division. This victory maintained their 4 point lead on closestest rivals, Blackburn Rovers, and they had a match in hand. Liverpool, however, were lurking a further point behind in 3rd place and had played two games less than Spurs.
For this game, 18-year-old Derek Possee made his Tottenham debut replacing the injured Cliff Jones on the right wing. It was his only game of the season and he scored after 16 minutes. His first appearance in the 1st Division made the headlines in the following day’s papers.
The match report described Possee’s goal:
‘A Greaves corner was partially cleared, but John White moved the ball on to young Possee who calmly side-footed the ball across goal and into the opposite corner.’
The other goals came from Terry Dyson after 20 minutes and Jimmy Greaves who scored the third early in the second half.
Derek Possee had come through the Junior teams at Spurs but his impressive, goal-scoring debut didn’t guarantee him a place in the team. He made one appearance the following season, away to Aston Villa, and his best season at White Hart Lane was in 1965-66. He played 17 games that year and scored 3 goals. After making no appearances the following season he was transferred to Millwall in 1967 for £25,000. In total he made 19 appearances for Spurs and scored 4 goals.
He spent six seasons at the Den and played over 200 league games for the club, scoring 79 goals. He later played for Crystal Palace and Leyton Orient before joining St. Patrick’s Athletic in Ireland and ended his career with three season in America with Vancouver Whitecaps.