Tottenham on this Day
Teddy Sheringham scored his first hat-trick for Tottenham in the four goal league win over Leeds United at White Hart Lane.
20th February, 1993
Tottenham Hotspur 4 Leeds United 0 Premiership
Scorers: Sheringham (3, 1 pen), Ruddock
Team: Thorstvedt; Austin, Ruddock, Mabbutt, Edinburgh; Allen (van den Hauwe), Samways, Howells, Anderton; Barmby (Gray), Sheringham
This would be Terry Venables last season in charge of Spurs. At the beginning of the season he had left Doug Livermore and Ray Clemence with control of the team but as the season progressed he was again having a more ‘hands-on’ role in team affairs. He was putting together a very promising team of experienced and younger players which was playing exciting, entertaining football as they won six consecutive League and Cup games.
After losing three successive league games at the beginning of January, the turning point came with an FA Cup win at Norwich when Sheringham supplied both of the goals. This was followed by a 3 – 1 win at Crystal Palace with Sheringham scoring another brace. Southampton were defeated 4 – 2 at White Hart Lane with another two from Sheringham followed by an away win at Everton. Sheringham scored once in the 3 – 2 FA Cup home win over Wimbledon in the weekend before the Leeds game.
Teddy Sheringham who had been signed at the beginning of the season from Nottingham Forest scored in the 9th minute and added his second before half-time. Neil Ruddock then added a third and Sheringham completed his first hat-trick for the club with a penalty to give Spurs their best League win of the season, revenge for a five goal defeat at Elland Road in August.
Team work and the enthusiasm and skill of Nicky Barmby and Darren Anderton clearly demonstrated the entertaining style that had the fans believing that the good times were about to return to White Hart Lane.
The next weekend Spurs defeated Queen’s Park Rangers 3 – 2 at White Hart Lane with Sheringham again contributing to the goals.
In the seven consecutive League and Cup wins, Teddy Sheringham had scored in 6 of them for a total of 12 goals.
The winning sequence of results ended with a 6-goal defeat at Sheffield United as Venables rested players ahead of the following weekend’s FA Cup tie at Manchester City.