• mark cunningham

Tottenham's Trip to the Seaside

Date: 10/10/1908 at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

With every trip to a seaside town, the normal visitor would always wish for a nice hot day and calm water to splash about in while the children eat ice-cream and played in the sand. This was not the case for The Spurs who on their arrival to Blackpool are wanting to return to winning ways after two disappointing results with a defeat away from home and the first dropped point at home against Derby last week with an nil - nil draw, Blackpool are however hoping to keep their unbeaten record at home intact.

Blackpool coming into this game have a healthy seven points from a single defeat, three draw and two wins, Tottenham are also on seven points with three wins, a single draw and two defeats (both coming away from home), making this an interesting tie as Tottenham have not won away from home this season and Blackpool having not lost at home with also conceded a single goal in their opening match at Bloomfield rd with Tottenham have not scored on the road, but this could mostly be down to their main goal threat Woodward not playing in the away matches so far this season, the bookies should favor Blackpool to be walking away from this match with all the points.

Darnell the ever present left back was rested for the match and Leslie being called up to take his place. The ever creative and goal scorer; Vivian Woodward was also missing as he was called up by the FA to be in the English League team for a match in Solitude, Belfast against the Irish League team today so was unable to play. MacFarlane was Woodward’s replacement but after three appearances he has yet to register a single goal for Tottenham, and we are sure the Tottenham fans are hopping today he can break his drought. Minter was moved to the inside left position on that he had played in twice before and scoring once with MacFarlane coming in to the centre forward position.

Blackpool were also having to make some changes for the match with Scott at the Back being replaced by Miler and Walker and Baddeley also both out, having Whiteside and Latheron coming in to replace them.

Blackpool; Fiske;Crewdson, Miler; Threlfall, Parkinson, Conner; Beare, R .Whittingham, Weston, Whiteside, Latheron.

Tottenham Hotspur Hewitson; Coquet, Burton; Morris, D. Steel, Leslie; Walton, Minter, MacFarlane, R. Steel, Middlemiss.

Referee: MR T.P.Campbell, Blackburn

With the sun in their eyes Blackpool won the Toss and in front of six thousand spectators kicked off and went at Tottenham from the very start. Winning a free kick in the first few minutes of the match Blackpool wasted the chance in front of goal and gave the ball back to Tottenham who with the sun behind then took the game straight back to Blackpool, Minter and Walton combining to give The Spurs there first real chance, with Minter having his shot well blocked by Blackpool’s centre back Miller.

Tottenham looked the most likely in the first fifteen minutes of the game with Minter Again looking dangerous on the inside right position forcing Fiske into a great save from under his bar. It was Blackpool’s turn now to attack, Parkinson playing the long ball with Whittingham picking up the ball, try’s to play the pass through to Beare but was unable to find him. On the outside left for Tottenham Middlemiss almost broke through the tough home defence that had only conceded 1 goal at home all season but Crewdson was the better of him on two to three occasions managing to clear the ball well and stopping Middlemiss from running amuck at the back.

With Tottenham playing like the home team it was up to Blackpool to defend for much of the start of the first half. Middlemiss on the left took the ball off Threlfall and provided the perfect cross into the middle of the box only bad thing about it was the cross finding Parkinson who in turn was fouled. Blackpool’s first real chance fell to Whiteside who from a great run and cross from Beare missed a great opportunity to put Blackpool ahead.

Crewdson was having a great game, repeatedly stopping Tottenham coming down the left hand side and sending the Tottenham play back and the pitch away from the Blackpool goal. With Blackpool now finding their feet, they found that Tottenham’s Back Coquet was having his own great game and was giving the Blackpool Forwards a hard time.

After a brief spell in the middle of the field Tottenham broke with the ball at the feet of MacFarlane who galloped towards Fiske as he worked the ball passed the Blackpool defenders he was brought down, with the ball set up nicely in front of the goal it was not such a well taken free kick and the ball ended up high above the Bar with the home fans laughing at the effort, Still no goal for Macfarlane. With Chances coming thick and Fast it felt like at any moment the dead lock could be broken but it never seemed to come. Fiske and Hewitson both guarded their goals well with the backs on both teams defending as if it was there last job on this earth. This match was living up to the high expectations, Beare managed to evade Morris who managed to get a cross into the path of Whiteside who placed his header wide, Morris however embarrassed by the incident decided to get his own back and disposed Beare and pushed Tottenham forward.

Threlfall followed Suit and tackled Middlemiss and R. Steel and managed to get a pass over to the outside right (Beare) who was fouled by Leslie and the resulting free kick was easily cleared by the Tottenham rear guard, But Blackpool now had fire in the hearts and pushed forward again with Connor Hitting the top of the crossbar and repeatedly pushed Tottenham back. But as the half continued on Tottenham continued to create great chances, the most noteworthy being a low shot to Fiske goal forcing the goalkeeper to reach at full stretch to push the ball round the post.

Still at Nil-Nil the game was at tenterhooks, Both Sides continued to attack with the goal seaming never to be found, Connor and Latherone hitting and shooting over the crossbar, Coquet sticking in a leg for a last minute block from Whiteside, after a spell of pressure from the home side it was again the turn of The Spurs to attack and put considerable pressure on the home goal which for the first time in the match caused the back to leak the first goal. R. Steel with a long shot eight minutes from the whistle blinded the Goalkeeper with the sun and the ball struck the upright and rebounded into the back of the net. 0-1 to Tottenham, this however sprung Blackpool into life in search of the equaliser and just as the goal seemed to be coming Coquet again stepped in to save the day from what was the last shot of the half.

Half time: Blackpool 0 Tottenham 1

The second half bell rang in the changing rooms and both players walked out into the sun with the sun now in the eyes of the spurs players, the sun was the main reason spurs lead thanks to a good shoot and the sun blinding the custodian Fiske. Now it was the turn of Blackpool to have the edge.

And the edge is what they had, in the 47th minute Beare took control of the ball and ran down through the centre of the field passing through to Whittingham who coolly rounded Burton and smashed the ball of the underside of the crossbar out of the reach of Hewitson and the ball fell into the back of the net. One- one game on. Tottenham clearly rattled by this almost conceded a second , Hewitson showing his keeping skills by pulling of a great save to deny Beare who was now causing lots of problems for the spurs defence. Whittingham too decided to join in and Hewitson was fortunate to protect his area.

Tottenham very much on the back foot in the second have managed to give their defence slight rest bites but were soon back under pressure from Blackpool who were playing at a much faster and sharper pace than Tottenham. Beare had another chance to put Blackpool ahead but shoot wide from good play that started at the back with a throw from Fiske and went through Crewdson and Whittingham before Beare received the ball.

Blackpool now fully in command of the game with Tottenham falling off the pace, found themselves defending on mass just to keep Blackpool at bay, Hewitson was a rock in the spurs goal and repeatedly save Tottenham from going behind with some very smart stops and blocks. R. Steel tried his best to keep The Spurs in the match and in the hunt for a winning goal by twice forcing Fiske into good stops.

With the match running at full speed and the crowed not knowing which way the game would go every shot was meet with excitement and fear. Each goalkeeper pulled off stop after stop as the ball flowed end to end, Middlemiss worked his magic and centred a ball into the box only for Connor to clear had it meet with a Tottenham not would have been in the back of the net with it being so close to the goal.

From this point Tottenham found their next gear after spending most of the second half on the defence, both side fought hard to get the winning goal but it was not meant to be, I’m sure that Tottenham walked of the field of play thinking that they had done just as much as Blackpool to win the match but a Draw based on the performance of both teams the best result.

Full time: Blackpool 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1

@2005 Down at the Lane created by Mark cunningham

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