Tottenham On This Day: John White At His Best As Spurs Score Six



Tottenham scored six goals against Ipswich Town as John White displayed his best form in the league match at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham on this Day

4th April, 1964

Tottenham Hotspur 6 Ipswich Town 3

Scorers: Jones (3), White (2), Robertson    Baker (3)

Team: Hollowbread; Hopkins, Henry; Mullery, Norman, Beal; Jones, White, Brown, L., Greaves, Robertson

Tottenham again demonstrated that they had discovered how to play against Alf Ramsey’s Ipswich Town team. In the 1961-62 season, when Ipswich had won both League games and went on to be League Champions it was those defeats which cost Spurs the chance of retaining the title. Spurs had reversed those results in the Charity Shield, winning 5 – 1, and winning both League games in the 1962-63 season (5 – 0 at home, 4 – 2 away).

The following season as Ipswich slumped to relegation, Spurs won 3 – 2 at Ipswich and in this game of 9 goals at White Hart Lane maintained the domination as Cliff Jones scored a hat-trick.

JOHN_WHITE_flyer_WEBJohn White scored twice in the first half as Spurs led 4 – 1 by the break. On a puddle spattered pitch, he opened the scoring with a thunderous shot after a poor kick by the Ipswich goalkeeper in the 14th minute. Ipswich levelled after Alan Mullery, captaining Spurs, mis-hit the ball to Gerry Baker who took the ball on, out-pacing Maurice Norman and holding off defenders to take the ball round John Hollowbread and score in the 25th minute. One minute later, Jones restored Spurs advantage, running on to a pass from Jimmy Greaves. Ten minutes later, the goalkeeper fumbled a long lob from the touchline by White and it was 3 – 1. Jimmy Robertson then scored his first goal for the club in only his second appearance, having signed from St. Mirren, putting Spurs 4 – 1 ahead at the interval.

In the second half, Jones added his second in the 54th minute from a centre by White who was back to near his best form. Ipswich then discovered some fighting qualities as Baker completed his hat-trick. It would have been all-square at 5 – 5 but for two outstanding saves by Hollowbread.

Spurs were under pressure but in the 80th minute, Jones scored his third and Spurs 6th goal from a cross by Robertson. That eased the pressure with Spurs taking the two points.

 

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  • jim

    Excellent piece, Spurs 6 Ipswich 3, including John White’s final 2 goals at WHL.
    As a schoolboy, always fancied a bedroom in one of those houses overlooking the old Cheshunt training ground !

    • Logan Holmes

      Bill Nicholson’s plans to build the next great Spurs team around John White were sadly not to be fulfilled.

      I always fancied one of the little houses that used to be at the corner of the Paxton Road and Worcester Avenue, between the north and east stands before the redevelopment. Thought it would be so convenient for games. COYS!