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CosmicHotspur

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Tickets for the 1961 Double Cup Final were like gold dust and I couldn't get one (I did go to the 62 Final though - more of that later).

For those who've never seen it, or anyone who wants to see it again, here are some highlights of the 1961 Final against Leicester City. Glory Glory Days indeed!

A memory of that day was when Danny Blanchflower was asked, during the introductions, by the Duchess of Kent why the Leicester team had their names on their tracksuits and Spurs didn't (it wasn't the norm for names to be on kit in those days) and Danny replied, "We all know each other's names."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxUimxuSqwM&feature=related
 

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Thanks for sharing Jon.


I also note in the Cov programme a certain J. Holmes who played for us in the '70's
 

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My friend Jill and I got into the car park after the Gornik Zabre game and pushed our programmes through the Gornik team's coach before it left to get some autographs. Their team gesticulated, grinned and blew kisses at us while scribbling on our programmes.

Deciphering the autographs later, there was one we couldn't quite work out. Maunt Rojal. Not someone on the team... was it a reserve player perhaps...?

We creased up when we realised, after puzzling over it for a half hour or so, that it was "Mount Royal" - the West End hotel they were staying at. Naughty, naughty Gorniks!

(No, we didn't take them up on the invitation. We were both only thirteen at the time).
 

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I can't remember where I originally got this bit of info but I found it on my disk drive.

Just some info on the clubs history and crest :

THE HISTORY

The club was formed by a group of cricketers in 1882 as Hotspur FC and the prefix Tottenham was adopted three years later to avoid confusion with a team called London Hotspur.

Tottenham, based in the district of Haringey, was originally the village of a man called Totta.

The name Hotspur was chosen because of the fiery reputation of Shakespeare's Harry Hotspur, a character in his play "Henry IV Part 1". Harry was based on a 14th century ancestor called Sir Henry Percy of the aristocratic Northumberland family who owned large tracts of land in the Tottenham area in the 1880s and after whom the nearby Northumberland Avenue is named. The family were believed to have lived close to the ground in Percy House. Henry is reported to have been killed in battle in Shrewsbury in 1403.

He acquired his surname because of his frequent use of spurs when riding.

THE CREST

Tottenham's ball and cockerel crest is related to Harry Hotspur's riding spurs since fighting cocks were once fitted out with miniature spurs.

The seven trees on the club crest are the Seven Sisters, which were trees that stood in Tottenham at Page Green.

The castle that appears is Bruce Castle, which is off Bruce Grove, a couple of miles from the ground, which now houses the local Council's museum.

The two lions holding the THFC shield are from the Northumberland family crest.

Audere Est Facere. To dare is to do.


Obviously the crest part refers to the old badge.
 

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We were at home to Birmingham City on the day I was born. Can anyone else find a programme from the day or week they were born?

 

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Love the autograph story, Cosmic. You couldn't imagine soccer stars of today behaving like that... (ahem)
 
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Great photo there phil! I'm guessing thats the East Stand being developed in the photo behind?
 

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This next picture comes from the first match i attended at White hart lane. Spurs v Leeds 12th april 1968 spurs won 2-1 with goals from Greaves and Chivers.
attendance 56,587 note the terrace going right up the back in the corner of the paxton, well it was the same in the corner of the park lane where i stood for this match.

 

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I said before on here but I remember very well that corner of the Paxton, which was a standing area. There was a dividing "fence" between there and the seats - It was about 30" high - If the stewards weren't looking we used to scramble over on the odd occasion.
 

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This next picture comes from the first match i attended at White hart lane. Spurs v Leeds 12th april 1968 spurs won 2-1 with goals from Greaves and Chivers.
attendance 56,587 note the terrace going right up the back in the corner of the paxton, well it was the same in the corner of the park lane where i stood for this match.

I was in my usual place, right on the centre line.
 
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