On this day in 1961, Tottenham Hotspur, the ‘Double’ winners started their season with a win over an FA XI in the FA Charity Shield at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham on this Day
12th August, 1961
Tottenham Hotspur 3 FA Select XI 2 (FA Charity Shield)
Scorers: Allen (2), Smith Haynes, Byrne
Team: Brown; Baker, Henry; Blanchflower, Norman, Mackay; Jones, White, Smith, Allen, Dyson
FA XI: Springett (Sheff. Wed.); Armfield (Blackpool), McNeil (Middlesbrough); Robson, R. (WBA), Swan (Sheff. Wed.), Flowers (Wolves); Douglas (Blackburn), Robson, J. (Burnley), Byrne (Palace), Haynes (Fulham), Charlton (Man. Utd.)
The 1960-61 season was memorable and historic for Tottenham as they were the first winners of the League and FA Cup ‘Double’ in the 20th century. As Tottenham were the holders of both trophies, the Football Association had to provide opponents for Spurs in the Charity Shield. They decided to field an FA XI comprised of the best players in the Football League.
1961 FA Charity Shield
The FA XI took the lead after ten minutes through Fulham’s Johnny Haynes. It was almost half-time before Bobby Smith equalised in the 40th minute.
Les Allen scored two second half goals, the second in the 76th minute. Three minutes later Johnny Byrne of Crystal Palace made the score 3 – 2.
The renowned football writer, Bernard Joy, described the game in glowing terms, under the headline,
SPURS BEAT ENGLAND 3 – 2
‘The new deal soccer era was off to a brilliant start here at white Hart Lane, with an exciting, fluctating and vastly entertaining FA Charity Shield match between Cup holders and League champions Spurs and an FA XI – virtually the England team.’
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