Competition: First Division.
Tottenham Hotspur: Nil.
Referee: Mr J.
After beating Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening day of the
season the fixture list had made United go to
Spurs almost got off to a flying start, when Jimmy Pearce crossed the ball for Alan Mullery to send a header just wide of a post, in the opening minutes of the game. But half-an-hour went by without either side carving open their opponent’s defensive cover. Indeed, it said much for the grip that defenders had upon the strikers, when it was Johnny Giles, the midfield general, who put in United’s first telling effort, a shot that skimmed just wide.
Once again, just before half-time, Johnny Giles was the instigator of a move
which threatened danger for Spurs, when he crossed a ball to Peter Lorimer, who headed it into the goalmouth. Scenting the
menace, Mike England threw himself at the ball, and headed over the line to
Half-time came and there was still no score. Soon after the restart Ray Evans
and Alan Gilzean went close to opening the Spurs
account, but with the game just over fifty minutes old, it was
Just inside seventy minutes the Spurs supporters were ready to acclaim an
equaliser, when they thought that Jack Charlton had handled the ball. Jimmy Pearce
had sent in a cross from the right wing, and Alan Mullery
raced in on Jack Charlton’s blind side to claim possession of the ball. When
the ball hit Jack Charlton’s hand Mullery did not
hesitate, he caught the ball and placed it on the penalty spot. However the
referee had noticed a push on Jack Charlton and gave a free-kick to
Less than ten minutes later
Tottenham Hotspur 1970-71:
Back row, left to right: Pat Jennings, Mike England, Martin Chivers, Cyril Knowles, Martin Peters,
Front row: Steve Perryman, Phil Beal, Alan Mullery, Ray Evans, Roger Morgan.
Back Row: Rod Belfitt, Norman Hunter, Gary Sprake, David Harvey, Joe Jordan, Terry Yorath.
Middle Row: John Faulkner, Chris Galvin, Mick Jones, Paul Madeley, Alan Clarke, Jack Charlton.
Front Row: Paul Reaney, Mick Bates, Peter Lorimer, Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner, Nigel Davey,
Gray and Johnny Giles scored for