Tottenham On This Day: First Spurs Goal For Jurgen Klinsmann


A first Spurs goal for Jurgen Klinsmann on this day, 9th August, 1994, gave Tottenham a single goal victory against Shelbourne in Ireland.

Tottenham On This Day

9th August, 1984

First Spurs Goal For Jurgen Klinsmann

Shelbourne o Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Pre-season Friendly)

Scorer: Klinsmann

Team: Walker; Carr (Austin), Kerslake, Calderwood, Campbell, Mabbutt, Hill, Dozzell (Barmby), Anderton (Rosenthal), Sheringham, Klinsmannn

Shelbourne v Tottenham 1994

The previous Saturday, Jurgen Klinsmann had played his first game for Tottenham at Watford. That afternoon, the headlines were taken from the West German striker by the appearance of a stoat on the pitch. Four days on, the first Spurs goal for Jurgen Klinsmann in a friendly against Shelbourne was over-shadowed by a late injury to Darren Anderton. The England international winger’s ankle injury necessitated him being stretchered off with two minutes to play.

The injury to Anderton’s ankle caused concern that he would miss the start of the season which was only ten days away. He was carried off after falling awkwardly and the Tottenham physio commented,

"Darren’s ankle has been packed in ice and it will be 48 hours before we know the full extent of the injury."

As it turned out Anderton was fit to play in the opening League game of the season.

Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton [Photo: Logan Holmes]Tottenham’s pre-season ended with the game against Shelbourne. Spurs thought they had a game arranged for the following weekend against Roma. Manager Osie Ardiles was planning to a give debut to his new Romanian signing Ilie Dumitrescu. As Spurs prepared to fly to Italy, they hadn’t received any confirmation from Roma and when they sent a fax, they received a swift reply to say that the Italian club knew nothing about the game.

"We don’t know what you’re talking about."

Roma had a friendly arranged against another Italian team.

Jurgen Klinsmann may have missed out on the headlines in the pre-season friendlies but he received plenty of media attention during the 1994-95 season. It started with his away and home debuts against Wednesday and Everton respectively and carried on throughout the season to his Comedy Club announcement that he would not be staying at White Hart Lane for a second season.