Tottenham On This Day: A Draw At Notts County In The 2nd Division


Tottenham On This Day

It was Tottenham’s season in the 2nd Division and fans had the opportunity to visit grounds they would normally get to when following Spurs. A day at Notts County and six goals shared and a point as spurs continued on their way to promotion.

14th January, 1978

Notts County 3 Tottenham Hotspur 3 (2nd Division)

Scorers: Pratt (2) Lee

Team: Daines, Naylor, Holmes, Hoddle, McAllister, Perryman, Pratt, McNab, Duncan, Lee, Armstrong

Spurs’ season in the Second Division was going well and this game came in the middle of an unbeaten run of nineteen League games. Eleven of those games, however, were drawn and this was making the promotion that should have been a certainty a little more difficult.

Spurs were were involved in a number of high-scoring matches that season and against County, John Pratt scored twice and Colin Lee got the other goal.

This gave Spurs another point which would ensure their immediate return to the First Division.

In his book, The Glory of Spurs’, Jim Duggan recalls that day at County’s Meadow Lane ground.

‘Almost every away game in the 1977-78 season has a claim to fame, but this one makes the list for a memorable 30-yarder from John Pratt in the fight-back from 3 – 1 down, all set against the typical hoolie background of the era.’

Spurs went two down early in the game before Lee pulled one back but County made it 3 – 1 after 39 minutes, Pratt scored twice to rescue a point for Spurs.

John Pratt [Photo: Logan Holmes]