Tottenham On This Day: Gary Lineker Hat-trick Against West Ham


Gary Lineker – played for Spurs and Everton [Photo: Logan Holmes]Gary Lineker scored a hat-trick for Tottenham against West Ham at White Hart Lane on this day, 1st April 1992.

Tottenham on this Day

1st April 1992

Gary’s No April ‘Fool’

Tottenham Hotspur 3 West Ham United 0

Scorer: Lineker (3, 1 pen)

Team: Walker; van den Hauwe, Cundy, Mabbutt, Edinburgh; Stewart, Gray, Nayim, Allen; Durie (Walsh), Lineker

Tottenham had a terrible run of results through the first three months of 1992. They had won at Coventry (2 – 1) on New Year’s Day but didn’t win again in the League until the last game in March, a 4 – 3 success at home to Coventry City. From 10 League games, they earned three points and only scored four goals.

The Cup competitions weren’t much better – a scoreless early exit to Aston Villa in a replay at Tottenham in the FA Cup (3rd Round), defeat in the European Cup Winners’ Cup to Feyenoord, again without scoring, and while progress was made to the semi-final of the League Cup, defeat at home in the second leg to Nottingham Forest ended their interest in that competition as well.

The previous week’s win against Coventry came thanks to a goal from Gary Lineker and a Gordon Durie hat-trick. Against West Ham at White Hart Lane, it was Lineker who took the honours with a hat-trick.

Normal service was resumed a few days later when Aston Villa won 5 – 2 at the Lane. Lineker and an own goal gave Spurs the lead but Villa came storming back.

Peter Shreeve had been appointed manager at the start of the season when Terry Venables took more responsible in running the club as Chief Executive. Shreeve’s hold on the position was to be short lived, being removed at the end of the season.

And Also….

1st April, 1989

Tottenham Hotspur 3 West Ham 0

Scorers: Fenwick (pen), Nayim, Stewart

It must be a good day to play West Ham – another three goals from Terry Fenwick (pen), Nayim and Paul Stewart. This defeat helped push the visitors further towards relegation.

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