A goal scored by Gary Stevens was enough to defeat Arsenal in the north London derby at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham on this Day
29th March, 1986
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Arsenal 0
Team: Clemence; Allen, Thomas; Roberts, Miller, Stevens; Mabbutt, Falco, Galvin, Hoddle, Waddle
This is the last occasion that Tottenham played on this date. Gary Stevens scored the only goal of the game in a north London derby which was its usual bruising, frenetic self, in which Glenn Hoddle provided the inspiration for Spurs.
Tottenham started quickly with Chris Waddle firing over in the opening minute and then Graham Roberts had a header saved. It was during Spurs’ best spell of the game that Stevens scored, after thirty four minutes. Hoddle put in a cross which Galvin turned back into the middle and the Arsenal goalkeeper, Lukic, badly mis-punched it. Stevens drove the ball home past the goalkeeper and two defenders on the line.
Three minutes after Stevens goal, a 40-yar drive by Hoddle hit the base of the post with the goalkeeper beaten. It was the same after the interval as Waddle shot over having intercepted a back pas. Ray Clemence then produced a double save to maintain Spurs advantage as Arsenal made a late attempt to salvage a point.
Speaking after the game Peter Shreeves, commented on Hoddle’s shot which hit the post.
That shot from Glenn was a bit special and was worth a goal – he’s had a marvellous season.
The manager acknowledged the contribution of Hoddle, Roberts and Clemence. He said,
Dismissal of Peter Shreeves
Glenn Hoddle’s individual performance was outstanding while Ray Clemence again did extremely well for me. Graham Roberts, over the last five games, has found a lot more of his known form. He has undertaken extra work, lost a bit of weight and has become fitter….I will probably keep him in midfield until the end of the season.
Tottenham lost their next game at West Ham but were undefeated in the next 7 games to the end of the season, winning 5 of those matches.
With Spurs finishing in 10th position due to a poor run of results from the end of December through to mid-February, when they took only 2 points from 6 games, Shreeves was dismissed.
Peter Shreeves had first joined Spurs as a youth team coach in 1974, then reserve team manager before being the assistant to Keith Burkinshaw. He stepped up to replace Burkinshaw as manager in the summer of 1984 but after a promising first season when Spurs put in a strong challenge for the title only for injuries and fixture congestion to prove too much as they finished 3rd behind the two Liverpool clubs. After two years as manager Shreeves’ time as manager was brought to an end opening the way for the first arrival of David Pleat at White Hart Lane.
Peter Shreeves would, of course, return to the club in 1991 for a year as coach when Terry Venables took on his responsibilities as Chief Executive.