6th October,1962 Tottenham and Arsenal Share Eight Goals


Cliff Jones scored two first half goals against Arsenal

Tottenham and Arsenal shared eight goals in the first north London derby of the season at White Hart Lane. Spurs had opened the season with a number of big wins, the most recent being the previous home game seven days earlier when the defeated Nottingham Forest 9 – 2.

6th October, 1962

Tottenham Hotspur 4 Arsenal 4

Scorers: Jones (2), Mackay, White

Spurs were third in the League and having thrashed Forest 9-2 in their previous game, they carried on from where they’d left off against Forest. They were without leading goal scorer, Jimmy Greaves, with Eddie Clayton replacing him. They were ahead through Dave Mackay after four minutes.  After sixteen minutes John White added a second and ten minutes later Cliff Jones made it three. Arsenal pulled a goal back a minute later and then got another in the 33rd minute. Reports suggest that at this point Spurs could have had six goals but were only one ahead. Jones scored before half-time to give Spurs a 4 – 2 advantage at the interval. Such was Tottenham’s dominance that it was a surprise that they had  scored only four goals from the twelve chances they had created, the Arsenal goalkeeper denying them in the game in the first half.

In the second half Arsenal came back to score twice and although Spurs ended the game on top, they failed to add to their score. A great chance missed! That season, 1962-63 Spurs scored 111 League goals but could only finish second.

Team: Brown; Baker, Henry; Blanchflower, Norman, Mackay; Medwin, White, Allen, Clayton, Jones

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