28th March 1936
On 28th March 1936, Tottenham scored eight goals against Southampton in a high scoring win in the 2nd Division game at White Hart Lane. Joe Meek and George Hunt scored hat-tricks.
Tottenham Hotspur 8 Southampton 0 (2nd Division)
Scorers: Meek (3), Hunt (3, 1 pen), Evans (2)
Team: Nicholls; Ward, Buckingham; Howe, Rowe, Grice; Sargent, Meek, Hunt, G., Duncan, Evans
The 1930s wasn’t a great time for Tottenham – they started the decade in the 2nd Division having been relegated in May, 1928. They were a mid-table team during their first two years out of teh top flight but made a bid for promotion in 1930-31. missing out in 3rd, three points behind the 2nd-placed team. The following season they slipped off the top again but were promoted as runners-up in May, 1933.
Under manager, Percy Smith, Spurs made an immediate impression on the 1st Division finishing 3rd behind Arsenal and Huddersfield Town, the top two teams at the time. Unfortunately, at the climax of the following season they were relegated again and were to stay in the 2nd Division until 1949-50.
Jack Tresadern took over as manager but in the four seasons before football was suspended because of the 2nd World War, Spurs never looked like gaining promotion.
In March 1936 in their first season back in the 2nd Division there was only 28,907 spectators were at White Hart Lane for the match against Southampton whereas many of the other games that season had attracted crowds of over 50,000.
Spurs’ very easy win came about with goals from Joe Meek (3) in his second game for the club, George Hunt (3, 1 pen) and Willie Evans (2).Tottenham had failed to win any of their previous 5 games, although they were still in the promotion race. They were 5 points off the top with a match in hand as they had progressed to the 6th Round of the FA Cup where they lost at Sheffield United.
The record win over Southampton boosted their chances and in the game they were 5 – 0 ahead at the interval. Willie Evans had scored the first and then Meek and Hunt added two each. Meek then completed his hat-trick as did Hunt with a penalty before Evans score the final goal.
Spurs won their next match at Blackpool but then won only one of their final 7 games, finishing the season in 5th place.
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