"It was Twenty Years ago today!"
article published 22.09.2017, but first written in 1997 by Neil Schaffer
FA PREMIER LEAGUE
TUESDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER, 1997
BOLTON WANDERERS 1(1) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1(0)
Thompson (pen), 20
Referee:- Uriah Rennie
Bolton:- Branagan; Bergsson, Whitlow, Pollock, Taggart, Fish, Frandsen, Sellars, Blake, Beardsley, Thompson
Spurs:- Walker; Carr, Campbell, Mabbutt, Edinburgh (sub Vega, 46); Fox, Calderwood (sub Nielsen, 87), Clemence, Ginola; Dominguez, Mahorn (sub Armstrong, 46)
This original report was courtesy of Neil Schaffer
I made the long journey to Bolton last night with 3
colleagues, in anticipation of a long overdue Spurs victory. I
drove home happy last night, as this was by far our best away
performace so far this season.
The new stadium is something to be seen, and if you have the
chance I can highly recommend a visit.
The Spurs contingent was fairly healthy, but there were a lot
of empty seats in the upper tier where we were sitting, I would
say around 2,000 made the journey.
Anyway on to the match. The first half started brightly for
Spurs, for the first five minutes both Fox and Dominguez found
themselves in excellent forward positions only for the final ball
to be wasted. For the next 40 minutes it was like a siege, with
Bolton passing and moving the ball about with consummate ease.
Spurs had no answer to the pace and power of Blake up front, or
the artistry of Sellars, Beardsley, Frandsen, and especially
Thompson. Indeed Thompson it was who saw a 30 yard thunderbolt
crash off the bar. 5 minutes later Bolton were 1 up and
deservedly so. Spurs's movement, in the first half was dire, and the
cries of "We want our Tottenham back" were emerging once again. The
half time whistle came as great relief.
The teams came out for the second half, and the Spurs fans
started to get behind the boys once again. Armstrong received a
standing ovation when introduced at the start of the 2nd half,
and his introduction completely turned the game for Spurs.
At last we had a real serious threat up front. 3 times in the first
5 minutes of the half Armstrong beat the offside with his
electric pace, and there were well-timed passes from Ginola, Clemence, and
Dominguez. Things were looking good again, we actually looked
like a fluid passing football team, and were a serious threat
everytime we went forward.
The goal finally came after 70 minutes, a beautifully taken
header by Armstrong from a left wing Ginola cross to the far
post. What a relief. Bolton had other chances after we scored,
but I feel on the whole a point is the least that we deserved on
Got home at 3 a.m after a long, arduous but satisfactory
Bring on the Dons
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