Tottenham On This Day: Rangers v Spurs – Battle of Britain (2) Video


On This Day –  11th December, 1962

Jimmy Greaves scores Spurs first goal against Rangers [Photo: Logan Holmes]Tottenham had travelled to Scotland for the 2nd leg of the Battle of Britain European Cup Winners’ Cup tie against Glasgow Rangers a week earlier but the match had to be called off due to fog.

Glory Glory [Photo: Logan Holmes]At the second time of asking, the match took place with Spurs holding a three goal advantage from the 1st leg at White Hart Lane at the end of October. In an exciting match Spurs had won 5 – 2 and were confident of progressing to the next round.

Glasgow Rangers 2 Tottenham Hotspur 3 European Cup Winners’ Cup (1st Round 2nd Leg)

The ‘Battle of Britain’ (Part 2) – England v Scotland – Glasgow Rangers v Tottenham Hotspur.

Rangers supporters were hoping that their team could get an early goal but Jimmy Greaves frustrated them when he scored after 8 minutes to give Spurs the comfort of a four goal advantage. This quietened the Rangers fans in the 80,000 crowd briefly but the match continued in an intense atmosphere with both teams giving their all.

Spurs held the lead until early in the second half. On 47 minutes Rangers equalised with a header from Brand but three minutes later Bobby Smith restored Spurs advantage. Rangers came back to level with 15 minutes remaining through Davy Wilson but Spurs were never in danger and Smith, on his recall to the team in place of Les Allen, scored his second with four minutes left to give Spurs victory with an 8 – 4 aggregate win.


Tottenham’s right back, Peter Baker, had succeeded in preventing all his opposing wingers from getting among the goalscorers against Spurs until Davy Wilson scored Rangers’ second goal at Ibrox Park.

Team: Brown; Baker, Henry; Blanchflower, Norman, Mackay; Medwin, White, Smith, Greaves, Jones

Bobby Smith adds the second [Photo: Logan Holmes]

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