A History Thread

Discussion in 'Front Page Features' started by CosmicHotspur, Aug 9, 2008.

  • by CosmicHotspur, Aug 9, 2008 at 1:26 PM
  • CosmicHotspur

    CosmicHotspur Better a wag than a WAG

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    I thought it would be fun to start a thread on different aspects of the history of Spurs.

    If you have any old documents, photos, newspaper articles, etc you can post them here.

    This is my first contribution and I will post many more as time goes by (especially when I get my new scanner up and running as I have some quite old pics and articles).

    I found this one on-line and thought it was interesting reading. It was printed in the Tottenham Herald in 1921.

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Discussion in 'Front Page Features' started by CosmicHotspur, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. CosmicHotspur
    10 October 1959 at home to Wolves.

    Jayne Mansfield graced the White Hart Lane press box with a visit believe it or not. I wonder if anyone watched the game.

  2. spursphil
    What a fantastic picture! :bowdown:
  3. CosmicHotspur
    I don't know if anyone can find a more sensational photo, but it's started me on a theme of celebrity supporters of Spurs.

    How about Ray Liotta for the next one.

  4. CosmicHotspur
    Jude Law with his son and his dad - three generations of Yiddos - at the 2008 Carling Cup Final.

  5. CosmicHotspur
    Mathew Horne (Gavin and Stacey actor) is a lifelong Spurs fan too.

  6. DC_Boy
    the jayne mansfield picture is simply amazing - thanks for that CH

    it looks photoshopped it's so bizarre and stunning- but of course it isn't -

    incredible stuff - it's almost like she's in colour from america to brighten up 50s britain - and the predominantly(exclusively) male support that's surrounding her

    there's a couple of good links in News Now currently

    here's one - a programme commemorating 'the first ever floodlight match at Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane'

    Strangely, the front page of the programme doesn't mention this AFAI can see - maybe some our historians can confirm the details


    it's also an early example of european football at the Lane

    note the programme price 2d - now I'm not clued up on 1953 prices, but I suspect you could get in for a shilling then - so at one 1/6th of the admission price if true - it makes the £3 (if that's the current cost - I haven't bought programmes for yeas) for our 'matchday magazines' look reasonable

    and also there's a very good article on a 1956 spurs book in Top Spurs ATM
  7. CosmicHotspur

    I can't get that link to load at present but will keep trying as it looks interesting.

    On a personal note, I was always invading the pitch at the end of a game, especially European football games at the Lane. We got away with it in those days.

    My family was watching the game against Feyenoord in black and white on TV back in the 1962/3 season and saw me running onto the pitch to get the Dutch international winger's autograph - losing my shoe in the mud on my way as Kenneth Wolstenholme did a summary of the game! They teased me about it for some time afterwards.
  8. CosmicHotspur
    Chas and Dave on the pitch at WHL.

  9. DC_Boy
    you might try the newsnow link CH, it might work better from there

    like the feyenoord story - you have so many brilliant stories to tell :)

    I'm pretty sure in the early/mid 60s we used to be able to sit as kids the wrong side of the fence (ie pitchside) in certain games if the crowd got too big

    only a lucky few of course

    and i think I did once - but it may be memory is playing tricks here
  10. CosmicHotspur
    This is possibly the earliest photo ever taken of Spurs.

    Taken in 1885 on the Tottenham Marshes before a competitive game was ever played.

  11. CosmicHotspur
    I'm introducing home game programmes from today's date in years gone by into this thread as I thought it might be of interest to some of you. It's a shame we won't be able to see the team line-ups though.

    More to follow...


  12. DC_Boy
    Hi cosmic :)

    did you see that the OS is featuring the 'jayne mansfield' game

    shame they didn't use her pic as well as bobby smith's

    still can't get over that pic - good to get some context with the game - what a performance on the pitch it was apparently too
  13. CosmicHotspur
  14. TheChosenOne
    Re The programme for the Chelsea game priced 3d - I had hundreds of these at one time - Dunno where they are now - Left behind in a loft somewhere i suppose.

    I wouldn't dream of buying one now at today's prices I' afraid.
  15. CosmicHotspur
    I had programmes from the early 50s which were given to me by a regular on the centre line where I stood every home game and then I saved all my 60s programmes. Some of them were autographed by visiting players when we played our European home games.

    I gave them to one of my nephews and haven't seen them since then. He was broke at one time and I think he sold them to make some money, along with my best autographed photos and my rattle, which was a great pity.

    Reminds me that when my friend Jill and I put our Gornik Zabre programmes through the visiting side's coach window in the car park before they left to get it autographed and they handed it back, duly signed, we pondered for some time on one of the signatures and couldn't work out which one it was. Perhaps it was a reserve player we thought. Then the penny dropped.

    Maunt Rojal was, in fact, not a footballer but Mount Royal - their hotel in London. The gesticulating and smiling they'd been doing had been an invite for us to visit them there and no doubt have a bit of fun! We were 15 at the time, so really it wasn't an option. But it did give us a fit of the giggles at the time.
  16. CosmicHotspur
    What a game this was and I was there.

  17. DC_Boy
    so was I :)
  18. CosmicHotspur
    I was on the centre line, behind the M. Where were you?
  19. TheChosenOne
    Just a tad too early for me Cozzie.
  20. DC_Boy
    hi CH - i was in the park lane i think - i hesitate because i've seen the highlights of that game a fair few times, luckily it was on MOTD and of course you get the shelf side view

    so sometimes i think i saw it as the cameras saw it

    but i'm pretty sure it was the charlton goal i got a good view of - which i think was at the park lane end

    a few of my friends were supporting utd - no segregation then unless voluntary and they were going on about how wor bobbie's goal was better than greavesie's - hilarious - i could never take their knowledge of football seriously after that

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