SPURS 9 BRISTOL ROVERS 0
Lee (4), Moores (3), Taylor, Hoddle
22 OCTOBER 1977
AFTER relegation from the top flight, Spurs had made a good start to their Second Division campaign having won six of their first eight games, but they went into this clash with Bristol Rovers on the back of a 4-1 defeat by Charlton and were desperate to return to winning ways.
Only 48 hours earlier, Keith Burkinshaw forked out £60,000 for little-known Torquay striker Colin Lee and the man who had only been playing as a forward for a season, had a dream debut putting four past a hapless Rovers side.
It took Lee just 21 minutes to get on the scoresheet when he swept home Glenn Hoddle's cross. Four minutes later he grabbed his second when he headed home John Pratt's corner.
Hoddle was the provider once more a minute before the interval when his cross was met by Peter Taylor to make it 3-0.
The second half saw Spurs simply overrun the Pirates and Ian Moores made 4-0 on 56 minutes and the final quarter was simply an exhibition by the Burkinshaw's side with Hoddle teasing Rovers with some sublime pieces of skill.
Lee grabbed his hat-trick on 75 minutes and two goal in as many minutes from Moores saw him complete his first treble for the club to make it 7-0.
Two minutes from time Lee capped off a memorable debut when he tapped home his fourth, but the best was saved until last when Hoddle collected Moores' pass over the Rovers defence to score a magnificent goal which sealed Spurs record league victory.
Team: Daines; Naylor, Holmes, Hoddle, McAllister, Perryman, Pratt, McNab, Moores, Lee, Taylor.
Attendance: 26, 311.
This was back when it cost a few pence to get in, when the half time scores were hung on boards around the ground, you had to match the score under fixture A to the corresponding fixture in your programme and Peanut sellers walked around the edge of the pitch crying 'peanuts, peanuts', also girls walked around selling sweets from a box hung around their necks! I'm pretty sure you could get programmes from vendors on the edge of the pitch too, anyone care to confirm? How things have changed.............
You'll have to bear with me, this one was thirty years ago, I can remember walking out of the ground astonished by what I had just seen. The home match before, we'd had a big win against Oldham I think and I was hardly expecting this, what with a new striker in the team! The bloke in the chippie gave me free chips when I told him the score and whenever I smell chip shop chips with salt & vinegar on, (you know that smell, lovely) it reminds me of this game!
I loved having Barry Daines in goal and for some strange reason always thought Ian Moores was one of the unluckiest strikers (along with Chris Jones) we ever had! Weird..........
Anyway, this will be going into the Legends of the Lane section soon but I thought I'd give you all a sneek peek!