FEATURE: Five of the best games at Tottenham

By SFC Media time Thu 02 Oct Club

Ahead of this weekend’s game, saintsfc.co.uk takes a look back at five memorable post-war matches involving Southampton and Spurs in north London.

Saints are without a win from their last three trips to White Hart Lane, with their most recent success there coming in 2003, when a brace of goals from James Beattie helped the visitors on their way to all three points.

And that game features in our pick of five matches below: 

16th January 1971 – Tottenham 1-3 Southampton – Channon (2), Fisher


The 1970/71 Saints squad 

Former Saints man Martin Chivers put the hosts in front after just three minutes. It was the second time that the striker had scored against his old club since making the move to Spurs in 1968.

Saints responded to turn the game on its head before half-time. Mick Channon levelled up on 20 minutes by hooking the ball in from close range, and the same man was on target two minutes before the break when his low shot screwed into the net off goalkeeper Pat Jennings.

The visitors sealed their win a minute later when Hugh Fisher struck his solitary goal of the season with a shot from the edge of the area after benefiting from Ron Davies’ knock down.

Southampton team: Eric Martin, Joe Kirkup, Denis Hollywood, Hugh Fisher, John McGrath, Jimmy Gabriel, Gerry O’Brien, Dave Walker, Terry Paine, Mick Channon, Ron Davies

26th December 1980 – Tottenham 4-4 Southampton – Baker, George, Moran (2)


A Christmas cracker of a game where Steve Moran grabbed a second-half double

A Boxing Day blockbuster saw Saints come from behind to secure a point, scoring four times in successive games in the process.

Saints fell 2-0 behind after 20 minutes of this contest, but levelled up before half-time thanks to strikes from Steve Baker and Charlie George, with the latter squeezing home an angled shot nine minutes before the interval.

Spurs would go on to restore their two goal advantage, with Garth Crooks netting the fourth strike for the hosts, but another response from the visitors with a brace of goals from Steve Moran who volleyed in an equaliser with three minutes to play, drew this absorbing match to an entertaining close.

Saints boss Lawrie McMenemy joked: “We gave them far too many presents,” the day after Christmas, but added that “my lads deserve every credit for keeping at it.” His side went on to win their next five matches.

Southampton team: Peter Wells, Ivan Golac, Reuben Agboola, Steve Williams, Dave Watson, Chris Nicholl, Graham Baker, Steve Moran, Mick Channon, Charlie George, Nick Holmes

6th January 1990 – Tottenham 1-3 Southampton - Le Tissier, Horne, Rod Wallace


Le Tissier puts Saints in front

Two of the leading sides in Division 1 went head-to-head in the third round of the FA Cup.

Matt Le Tissier put Saints ahead just before the half hour when he burst through the Spurs defence to bury the ball into the back of the net. Three minutes before half-time, Le Tissier turned provider to slip the ball through to an unmarked Barry Horne, who effortlessly squeezed the ball home from a tight angle for 2-0.

Spurs flew out of the traps in the second –half and made Saints keeper Tim Flowers work on several occasions before David Howells pulled one back with a  thunderous strike from 25 yards out on 78 minutes.

The hosts broke forward to try and snatch a leveller, with Kevin Moore making a vital interception to deny Gary Lineker, but as the game entered stoppage time, Saints sealed progress into round four when Le Tissier had a header blocked and Rod Wallace was there to tuck in the rebound.

Southampton team: Tim Flowers, Jason Dodd, Francis Benali, Jimmy Case, Kevin Moore, Russell Osman, Matt Le Tissier, Glenn Cockerill, Paul Rideout (Alan Shearer), Barry Horne, Rod Wallace

12th September 1994 – Tottenham 1-2 Southampton – Le Tissier (2)


Two goals arrived from Le Tissier in this contest

Saints fell behind early to Jurgen Klinsmann’s sixth minute strike at White Hart Lane, and had to wait until the second-half of this live TV encounter to hit back.

The game’s flashpoint arrived in the 75th minute when Saints were awarded a penalty after Sol Campbell had brought down Neil Heaney inside the area. Campbell was sent-off or the challenge, and Matt Le Tissier made no mistake from the spot to level the scores.

Le Tissier secured the turnaround in the final minute of play when he controlled an awkward cross from Jeff Kenna, before firing past the keeper for 2-1.

Southampton team: Bruce Grobbelaar, Jeff Kenna, Richard Hall, Neil Heaney, Francis Benali, Simon Charlton, Paul Allen, Jim Magilton, Neil Maddison, Matt Le Tissier, Iain Dowie

20th September 2003 – Tottenham 1-3 Southampton – Beattie (2), Phillips


James Beattie climbs highest at the Lane

Southampton secured an emphatic win to increase the pressure on their former boss Glenn Hoddle who was coming under-fire as Tottenham manager after a poor start to the season.

Saints forward James Beattie grabbed a first-half brace, his second a super curling free-kick into the top corner of Kasey Keller’s net.

Strike partner Kevin Phillips put the visitors firmly in control with their third after half-time to put the visitors on course for their first win at the Lane since 1992.

Freddie Kanoute pulled one back immediately for Spurs, but it was little consolation for their frustrated fans and increasingly beleaguered boss who had picked up just four points from his opening six games, while his former team celebrated taking 12 points from the same period.

Southampton team: Paul Jones, Jason Dodd, Claus Lundekvam, Michael Svensson, Graeme Le Saux, Fabrice Fernandes (Anders Svensson 71), Matt Oakley, Chris Marsden (David Prutton 83), Paul Telfer, Kevin Phillips, James Beattie


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