I read with interest on the Spurs website last night about the clean sheet record which came under threat until our visit to Liverpool. It was set in the 1970/71 season and ended by an Alan Hinton penalty in the 83rd minute at White Hart Lane it suggested.
Cue reference to the Spurs “A Complete Record” book to see if that was the first game – or one of the first games – I saw at White Hart Lane. It turns out it was not; that was the next season when he scored another, courtesy of a clumsy challenge from Mike England, late penalty to seal a 0-1 win for Cloughie’s men. I remember the referee lecturing Terry Hennessy for stealing extra yards at every throw in all afternoon. Sounds familiar – well to Phil Brown and Hull or Tony Pulis and Stoke anyway!
What was different were the A-Z boards around the ground which helped inform us speccies what was going on elsewhere in the First Division and the men selling “peanuts, peanuts get your roasted peanuts” or chocolate and delivered it by throwing it with the money going the other way. Tell that to the youngsters today and they won’t believe ya!