spurs v coventry city match reports

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05.01.2013 FA Cup Round 3.  For a match report, click here

24.09.2003 League Cup Round 2.  For a match report, click here

16.01.2002 FA Cup Round 3.  For a match report, click here

17.03.2001 Premier League.  For a match report, click here

14.10.2000 Premier League.  For a match report, click here

26.02.2000 Premier League.  For a match report, click here

19.09.1999 Premier League.  For a match report, click here

Teams : -
Spurs : -   Walker, Carr, Young, Perry, Taricco, Leonhardsen, Sherwood, Freund, Ginola (Dominguez 59), C. Armstrong (Nielsen85), Iversen
Coventry City : -  Marcus Hedman, Edworthy, Richard Shaw, Mo Konjic, Burrows (Marcus Hall 83), Chippo, Mustafa Hadji, Gary McAllister, John WIlliams, Froggatt (Paul Hall 59), Robbie Keane

06.02.1999 Premier League.  For a match report, click here

26.12.1998 Premier League.  For a match report, click here

13.04.1998 Premier League.  For a match report, click here

Spurs -  Walker, Carr, Nielsen, Vega, Campbell, Fox, Berti, Ginola, Saib (Calderwood), Klinsmann, Armstrong (Ferdinand)
Unused Subs. : -  Grodas, Anderton, Scales
Coventry City -   Ogrizovic, Shaw, Burrows, , Dublin, Whelan, Huckerby
Unused Subs. : -   , , ,  
Ref. : - Mike Riley (Leeds)
Crowd : -  33,463


Spurs crashed to their heaviest defeat at Highfield Road in an abysmal performance.

Roland Nilsson cleared Ferdinand's header off the line, Marcus Hedman saved a Ginola drive and Carr drilled a shot against the post in the first half when Spurs looked favourites to win.  Two minutes before the break Dublin flicked on for Huckerby to score for the Sky Blues.

Fox hit a shot wide and then Ferdinand saw Nilsson hack another effort away from the line, but on 61 minutes, Gary Breen was first to the rebound when his first shot was blocked to make it 2-0.  Fox put a header in on goal that brought Hedman into action again, but Marcus Hall and Huckerby scored within five minutes of each other to wrap up a 4-0 win.

Coventry City -  Hedman, Hall, Breen, Nilsson, Telfer, McAllister, Dublin, Whelan, Huckerby
Unused Subs. : -  , 
Spurs -  Walker, Carr, Wilson (Edinburgh), Mabbutt, Calderwood, Ginola, Anderton (Clemence), Sinton (Iversen), Nielsen, Fox, Ferdinand 
Unused Subs. : -  Baardsen, R. Allen
Ref. : -  Steve Dunn (Bristol)
Crowd : -  19,499


A final day win was just enough to keep Coventry in the Premier League against a depleted Spurs side, with the final game of the season kicking off late, due to the visitors getting stuck in M1 and M25 traffic.

A desperate Sky Blues team flew out of the blocks, with David Burrows earning a second minute booking and Noel Whelan being lucky not to be sent off in the early stages.  Dion Dublin put the Sky Blues ahead in the 13th minute, heading home Gary McAllister's cross to beat Baardsen making his first start in goal.  At the other end, Steve Ogrizovic had to be alert to keep out a Ruel Fox effort, but the lead was doubled when Paul Williams added a volley that flew in off the post from around the penalty spot.  Baardsen made a flying save to prevent Jess' drive putting the game even further out of Tottenham's reach.

Paul McVeigh pegged a goal back after 43 minutes of the first half, when he reacted first to head home Sheringham's free-kick that bounced back off the upright.  Indeed, the Irishman could have drawn Spurs level, but was denied by the Coventry keeper, who dived at his feet to end his run with the ball into the box.

Into the second half, Spurs had the chances to deprive Coventry of the points, but failed to capitalise on the openings.  Ramon Vega snuck in to head low to Ogrizovic's left and he dived full length to push the ball wide.  Neale Fenn was denied by a point-blank stop by Ogrizovic and from the corner, the keeper did well to keep out Dozzell's header. 

Spurs -  Baardsen, Carr, Scales, Vega, Edinburgh, Campbell, Fox, Sinton (Clapham 24), Dozzell, McVeigh (Fenn 74), Sheringham  
Unused Subs. : -  Brown, Arber, Brady 
Manager : -  Gerry Francis
Colours : -  White shirts with Navy Blue collar and cuffs and blue stripe down arm, Navy Blue shorts with white stripe on side, Navy Blue socks with white turnover
Kit supplier : -  Pony
Sponsor :  Hewlett Packard
Coventry City -   Ogrizovic, Shaw, Burrows    , Williams, Telfer, Richardson, Ndlovu, McAllister, Dublin, Whelan (Jess 34), Huckerby
Unused Subs. : -   Filan, Eustace, Breen, Strachan 
Manager : -  Gordon Strachan
Colours : -  Sky Blue and Dark Blue striped shorts with Dark Blue collar and cuffs, Dark Blue shorts with light blue trim, Dark Blue socks with Light Blue turnover
Kit supplier : -  Le Coq Sportif
Sponsor :  Peugeot
Crowd : -  33,029
Ref. : Martin Bodenham (Dorest)


A Teddy Sheringham goal gave Spurs a half-time lead, but the Sky Blues levelled through a Noel Whelan strike with an hour gone.  On 75 minutes, Andy Sinton hit the goal that won the match for Tottenham after being set up by debutant Steffen Iversen, who was lively throughout and caused the Coventry goal some serious threat.

Coventry City -  , , Whelan
Spurs -  , , , , , , , , Iversen, Sinton, Sheringham
Unused Subs. : -  , 
Crowd : -  19,675


Spurs lost this League Cup Thirrd round tie 3-2 to Coventry City, when it looked to have been settled in the first twenty minutes.

In that time Tottenham had taken a 2-0 lead, starting with a second minute goal from Chris Armstrong who rolled his man on the halfway line, running away and slipping the ball past John Filan from the left side inside the penalty area.   A long throw down the right wing to Armstring saw him move forward and cross the ball into the near post area, where David Busst nudged the ball into his own goal under pressure from Teddy Sheringham in the 20th minute.

However, Ron Atkinson's side side staged a rousing comeback to win with three goals from a 55th minute Peter Ndlovu penalty after a handball by Colin Calderwood, Busst (61 minutes) and John Salako, netting a close range goal after 76 minutes when a Dion Dublin header had been saved in the second period.

Coventry City -   John Filan, Brian Borrows (Nick Pickering), Marcus Hall, David Busst, Kevin Richardson, Paul D. Williams,  Gordon Strachan (DIon DUblin)Nii Lamptey, Peter Ndlovu, John Salako
Manager : Ron Atkinson
Spurs -   Walker, Austin, Wilson, Howells, Calderwood (Dozzell), Mabbutt, McMahon, Campbell, Sheringham, Armstrong, Rosenthal  
Unused Subs. : -  , 
Ref. : - Steve Dunn
Linesmen : Mr. J. T. Boulton; Mr. M. J. Mountain
Crowd : -  18,227

09.05.1995 Spurs lost this penultimate game of the season to leave Coventry City safe from relegation from the Premier League.

White Hart Lane was to be a happy hunting ground for the Sky Blues in their battles against the drop, with this game being no exception, in what should have been a happy farewell to Jurgen Klinsmann. 

As it was, Gordon Strachan picked up the ball deep in his own half and exchanged passes before he crossed for Peter Ndlovu to head home on 32 minutes to see Coventry turn around with a slim lead.  In the 62nd minute, Justin Edinburgh fouled Strachan in the box to allow Ndlovu to double his tally and the score-line, with a third Sky Blue goal coming from Dublin, set up by Strachan again to hook the ball past Ian Walker on the volley at the near post five minutes later.

Darren Anderton's goal seven minutes from the end was too little too late to salvage anything from the game for Tottenham, coming when Klinsmann caused panic on the edge of the box and the ball was sliced into the air and the England winger lobbed it calmly over Filan from inside the box.

Spurs -  Walker, Campbell (Nethercott), Edinburgh, Howells, Calderwood, Mabbutt, Anderton, Barmby, Klinsmann, Sheringham, McMahon 
Unused Subs. : -  , 
Manager : Gerry Francis
Colours : - White shirts with Navy Blue collar and cuffs and blue stripe down arm, Navy Blue shorts with white stripe on side, white socks
Kit supplier : -  Umbro
Shirt sponsor : -  Holsten
Coventry City -  John Filan, Ally Pickering, David Burrows, Kevin Richardson, David Rennie, Gordon Strachan, Julian Darby, Roy Wegerle (Cobi Jones), Peter Ndlovu
Unused subs. : -
Manager : Ron Atkinson
Colours : -  All Sky Blue with white collar and cuffs on shirts, white trim on shorts and white turnover on socks
Kit supplier : -  Pony
Shirt sponsor : -  Peugeot
Ref. : - Alan Wilkie
Linesmen : Mr. . . ; Mr. . .
Crowd : -  24,124

09.04.1994 A game played in a snow storm saw a penalty settle the match in Coventry's favour.

While the Sky Blues had the bulk of the better play, they were unable to make it count until Kevin Scott was adjudged to have fouled Peter Ndlovu in the box and the Coventry winger got up to convert the spot-kick in the 62nd minute for what turned out to be the winning goal.  The Zimbabwean almost doubled his tally when he struck the bar lat eon in the game. 

Coventry City -  Steve Ogrizovic, Brian Borrows, Steve Morgan, Ally Pickering, Phil Babb (Lloyd McGrath), Peter Atherton, Willie Boland, David Rennie, Peter Ndlovu, Sean Flynn, Leigh Jenkinson
Manager :  Phil Neal
Spurs -   Thorstvedt, Kerslake, Campbell (Rosenthal), Scott, Samways, Mabbutt, Sedgley, Howells (Dozzell), Anderton, Sheringham, Barmby  
Unused Subs. : -  , 
Ref. : -  Mike Reed
Linesmen : Mr. - ; Mr. -
Crowd : -  14,487

01.01.1994 1994 started badly for Tottenham with a 1-2 defeat by Coventry City at the Lane.

The sky Blues took a 25th minute lead when Phil Babb headed home the opening goal of the match from Wegerle's corner at the Park Lane end, but Spurs hit back just before the break with Darren Caskey making it 1-1.  Nick Barmby looked as though he had been fouled when he nipped in behind the COventry defence, but play continued and Caskey swept the ball home from ten yards out, leaving Ogizovic helpless.

The visitors scored the winner in the 77th minute, when Chris Marsden and Peter Ndlovu created the goal-scoring opportunity for Roy Wegerle, who shot home from a narrow angle inside the penalty area after receiving the ball in from the left and taking it around Erik Thorstvedt. 

Spurs -   Thorstvedt, Kerslake, Calderwood, Edinburgh, Samways, Caskey, Sedgley, Hazard (Campbell  72), Dozzell, Anderton, Barmby  
Coventry City -  Steve Ogrizovic, Brian Borrows, Steve Morgan, Julian Darby, Phil Babb, Peter Atherton, Chris Marsden, John Williams (Micky Quinn  72), Peter Ndlovu, Sean Flynn, Roy Wegerle
Manager :  Phil Neal
Ref. : -  Terry Holbrook
Linesmen : Mr. - ; Mr. -
Crowd : -  26,015


Spurs lost out 0-2 to Coventry City and it could have easily been more.

An early Sky Blues corner was headed on and David Howells cleared off the line, but John Williams was on hand to knock in the rebound to give Coventry the lead.  Williams also scored City's second, with a run that latched onto a ball down the right and his long legs got to the ball first, then he slid it past Thorstvedt to put Coventry 2-0 up before half-time.

Another long ball saw Robert Rosario chase the ball and Erik Thorstvedt brought him down to concede a penalty, which the Spurs keeper managed to beat out when Micky Gynn took the spot-kick.  To compound Tottenham's miserable day, late in the game, Gordon Durie was booked for feigning injury after he had been head-butted.

Spurs -  Thorstvedt, Cundy (A. Gray), Howells, Anderton, Durie
Subs. : - Hendry, Walker
Programme line-up
Coventry City -   Steve Ogrizovic, Terry Fleming, Kenny Samson, Stewart Robson, Andy Pearce, Peter Atherton, Micky Gynn, Lee Hurst, Robert Rosario, John Williams, David Smith, Phil Babb
Subs. : - Sean Flynn, Jonathan Gould
Crowd : -  24,388
Ref. : -  Dermot Gallagher (Oxon)
Linesmen : -  Mr. J. A. Elwin (Norfolk); Mr.


Paul Furlong put the Sky Blues level at Highfield Road in this Fourth Round League Cup tie, after Paul Allen’s goal gave Tottenham the lead in the first half. However, a late goal by Gordon Durie won it for Spurs in front of 20,053.


Spurs -  P. Allen, Durie
Coventry City -  Paul Furlong,
Crowd : -  20,053

30.03.1991 Two Nayim goals earned Spurs a share of the points against Coventry City as the two sides met on Easter Saturday for the second successive season.

Terry Butcher had taken over from player turned coach turned manager John Sillett earlier in the season and new signing, former England full back Kenny Sansom was playing his second Sky Blues game.

Spurs may have had their upcoming FA Cup semi-final on their minds with both Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne missing from the line-up, but Coventry put in a first half display that belied their league position.  David Smith grabbed a ninth minute opener on his birthday and then Kevin Gallacher doubled the Sky Blues lead after 20 minutes.

Nayim got Spurs back in the game two minutes before half-time and it was the Moroccan who netted again in the 77th minute to earn Spurs a point as the Midlands side faded tin the second half.

Spurs -   Thorstvedt, Edinburgh, van den Hauwe, Sedgley (Moncur), Nayim, Mabbutt (c), Stewart, Samways, P. Gray (M. Thomas), Walsh, P. Allen
Coventry City - 
Steve Ogrizovic, Brian Borrows, Kenny Sansom, Stewart Robson (Dean Emerson), Andy Pearce, Trevor Peake, Ray Woods, Micky Gynn, the late Cyrille Regis (Kevin Drinkell), Kevin Gallacher, David Smith
Manager : - 
Terry Butcher

Crowd : -  29,033
Ref. : -  Brian Stevens


26.12.1990 Coventry eased to a 2-0 home win with goals after the interval from Kevin Gallagher (46) and Micky Gynn (51).

Coventry City -  , , , , , , , , , ,
Unused sub. :  -
Spurs -  ,
Crowd : -   ,


A 3-2 win saw Spurs edge past Coventry in this Easter encounter thanks to Gary Lineker and Paul Stewart.

David Smith and David Speedie had put the visitors 2-0 ahead, but Spurs came back with the goals from the England duo to secure victory.  Lineker got Spurs a foothold in the match before the break, then Stewart levelled things up a minute after the restart.  He took the ball from a throw-in on his thigh, lifted the ball over his and an opponent's head, then hit a stunning volley from a narrow angle to beat the keeper.  Gary Lineker secured the win, when he clinically finished for Tottenham's third.

Spurs -  Stewart, Lineker
Coventry City -  D. Smith, Speedie
Crowd : -  23,917

08.02.1986 A Cyrille Regis goal won this First Division contest with Coventry City at the Lane.

Former Spurs Alan Brazil was out through in the box by Dave Bennett's reverse pass, but he nudged the ball wide of the goal with only Ray Clemence to beat.  Regis squared a ball across the box from the right to give Brazil another opportunity, which he also put a few feet wide of the near post. 

Clemence did well to beat a shot from just inside the area out for a corner and when Spurs did get to the other end of the pitch, Waddle set up Hoddle, but his shot flew over the bar from 12 yards out.  As it was, a long straight ball out of defence sent Cyrille Regis away and he outstripped the Spurs defenders and put the ball low past Clemence from the right to hand the Sky Blues the points with his 80th minute strike.

Spurs -  Clemence, Stevens, Roberts (Cooke), Mabbutt, Miller, Perryman (c), Chiedozie, P. Allen, Dick, Hoddle, Waddle.
Coventry City -  Steve Ogrizovic, Brian Borrows, Greg Downs, David Bowman, Brian Kilcline, Trevor Peake, Dave Bennett, Lloyd McGrath, Cyrille Regis, Alan Brazil, Nick Pickering
Unused sub. : Hendrie
Crowd : -   13,135
Ref. : -  I. Borrett


Mark Falco's two goals helped lift Spurs to third place in the First Division, with Glenn Hoddle and Chris Hughton adding two more to ease Tottenham past Coventry City, who replied through strikes from Stuart Pearce and ex-Spurs striker Terry Gibson.

Spurs -   Hughton, Hoddle, Falco
Coventry City -  Pearce, Gibson
Crowd : -  16,711

01.12.1984 Mark Falco was on the mark for the second game running, but it was not enough to guarantee Spurs the points, as Coventry came back to equalise through Cyrille Regis.

Coventry City - 
Spurs - 
Crowd : - 14,518


Glenn Hoddle's 31st minute penalty looked enough to give Spurs a win in this First Division meeting, but with only three minutes left, Spurs let in Graham Withey to equalise.

Spurs - 
Coventry City - 
Crowd : -  35,454
Ref. : -  M. Taylor

09.10.1982 .

Spurs -  ,
Coventry City - Sealey, Thomas, Roberts, Butterworth, Dyson (booked), Gillespie, Whitton, Steve Jacobs, Melrose, Thompson, S. Hunt
Unused sub. : Hendrie
Crowd : -   ,

05.12.1981 A 21st minute Micky Hazard goal gave Spurs the lead over Coventry City at White Hart Lane, but the Sky Blues came back to win in this First Division encounter.

The visitors had gone close with debutant John Hendrie firing just wide after a lung-bursting 40 yard run, but Steve Hunt pulled Coventry level in the 41st minute, with a header past Clemence.  As City took the aerial route to goal, Gary Gillsespie headed home in the 69th minute and was denied a second goal by an offside flag.

Spurs -  Clemence, Hughton (Villa), Miller, Graham Roberts, Hazard, Perryman, Ardiles, Archibald, Galvin, Hoddle, Crooks
Coventry City -  Jim Blyth, Danny Thomas, Brian Roberts, Steve Jacobs, Paul Dyson, Gary Gillespie, John Hendrie, Gerry Daly (Rudi Kaiser), Garry Thompson, Mark Hateley, Steve Hunt
Manager : - Dave Sexton
Crowd : -  35,454

29.09.1979 Spurs and Coventry City played out a 1-1 First Division draw at Highfield Road.

Ian Wallace was the Coventry goal-scorer with Chris Jones netting for Tottenham.

Coventry City - Les Sealey, Gareth Roberts, Bobby MacDonald, Steve Whitton (Danny Thomas), Jim Holton, Gary Gillespie, Tommy Hutchison, Ian Wallace, Tom English, Steve Powell, Steve Hunt
Manager : Gordon Milne
Spurs - 
Crowd : -  20,125

10.02.1979 This convincing win for Tottenham stopped a run of seven games without a victory.

Two goals from Peter Taylor and another added by striker Colin Lee were enough to overcome the Sky Blues, who scored through Bobby McDonald to make it 1-1, but could not penetrate the Spurs defence further.

Coventry City - 
Spurs - 
Crowd : -  25,071


Wearing the infamous brown Admiral away kit, Coventry City arrived at White Hart Lane with only one defeat to face Spurs in the First Division.

The sides cancelled out each other in a goal-less first half, but into the second, Spurs brought on Glenn Hoddle and with ten minutes left, he went on a run, dribbling past brown shirts to score the opening goal of the match.  However, it only lasted four minutes, as centre-forward Mick Ferguson crashed home a header from a Mick Coop cross to level the score.

Spurs -   Daines, McAllister, Gorman, Holmes, Lacy, Perryman (c), G. Armstrong (Hoddle) , Pratt, Ossie Ardiles, C. Lee, Taylor
Coventry City -  
Les Sealey, Mick Coop, Bobby McDonald, Terry Yorath, Jim Holton, Gary Gillespie, Steve Hunt, Ian Wallace, Mick Ferguson, Barry Powell (John Beck), Tommy Hutchison
Manager : - Gordon Milne
Crowd : -  
Ref. : -  H. Robinson (-)

Linesmen : Mr. - (-) - Red flag; Mr. - (-) - Yellow flag

26.10.1977 35,099 saw Coventry City win 3-2 with goals from Tommy Hutchison, Barry Powell and Ray Graydon over Second Division Spurs in the Third Round of the League Cup.

Tottenham’s goal came from Gerry Armstrong and John Pratt.

Spurs -   , Pratt, , G. Armstrong, ,
Unused sub. : -
Coventry City -  
Tommy Hutchison, Barry Powell, Ray Graydon
Unused sub. : -
Crowd : -  
Ref. : -  - (-)

Linesmen : Mr. - (-) - Red flag; Mr. - (-) - Yellow flag

02.04.1977 A share of the points in a 1-1 draw was the result of this First Division encounter at Highfield Road, the first game at the ground since early January because of bad weather.

Good work by Ralph Coates and John Pratt on the left wing provided Peter Taylor with the opportunity to put Spurs ahead against Coventry City.  Putting Taylor through, he ran in on goal and finished clinically to give Spurs the lead in the 18th minute, but three minutes later, the Sky Blues made it 1-1 when Ian Wallace's shot from 20 yards arrowed into the net.

Both sides created scoring chances, but neither could finish them off to find a winning goal as the game disintegrated into an error-ridden affair, although Bobby McDonald struck the post late in the game.

Coventry City -   Jim Blyth, Brian Roberts, Bobby McDonald, Terry Yorath, Ray Gooding, Mick Coop, John beck, Ian Wallace, Mick Ferguson, Barry Powell, Tommy Hutchison
Unused sub. : -  Graham Oakley
Manager : - Gordon Milne
Spurs -   Daines, Naylor, Holmes (cpt), Pratt, Osgood, Perryman, Chris Jones, Hoddle, G. Armstrong, Coates, Taylor
Unused sub. : - M. Stead
Manager : -  Keith Burkinshaw
Crowd : -   16,120
Ref. : -  K. Walmsley (-)

Linesmen : Mr. - (-) - Red flag; Mr. - (-) - Yellow flag

23.10.1976v The Sky Blues recorded a 1-0 win at the Lane, as the two sides met in a First Division clash.

Donal Murphy scored the only goal of the game to give Coventry City both points.

Spurs -   Jennings, Keeley, Willie Young, Osgood, McAllister, Hoddle, Coates, Perryman (cpt), P. Taylor, Chris Jones, Moores (McNab)
Manager : -   
Coventry City -  
Jim Blyth, Mick Coop, Alan Dugdale, Jim Holmes, Bob McDonald, John Beck, Les Cartwright, Barry Powell, Terry Yorath, Donal Murphy, Mick Ferguson.
Crowd : -   21,877
Ref. : -  Tony Glasson (Wiltshire)

Linesmen : Mr. D. S. Bone (Bedfordshire) - Red flag; Mr. Danny Vickers (Essex) - Yellow flag

19.04.1976 Martin Chivers set up John Pratt to head Tottenham into the lead in this First Division match at White Hart Lane.  Keith Osgood added a 30-yarder with winger Jimmy Neighbour driving a volley home to make it 3-0, before Donal Murphy volleyed Tommy Hutchinson's cross home to pull one back.  When Jim Blyth parried John Pratt's 35 yard effort, John Duncan was on hand to finish off the scoring at 4-1.

Programme line-ups
Spurs : - Jennings, Naylor, McAllister, Pratt, Young, Osgood, Chris Jones, Perryman (cpt), Chivers, Duncan, Neighbour
Unused sub. : - M. Stead
Coventry City : - Jim Blyth, Graham Oakey, Chris Cattlin, John Craven, Alan Dugdale, Mick Coop, Donal Murphy, Alan Green, Mick Ferguson, David Cross, Tommy Hutchison
Unused sub : - Barry Powell
Crowd : -   21,107
Ref. : - Ron Crabb (Exeter)
Linesmen : - Mr. D. G. King (Sussex) – Red flag; Mr. D. I. Thomas (Glamorgan) – Yellow flag

15.02.1975 Spurs earned a 1-1 away draw at Highfield Road thanks to John Duncan's goal.

With the goalkeeper sprawling in front of him and with two defenders also on the floor, Duncan kept his cool to slot the ball home in the 11th minute after Alfie Conn and Martin Chivers had fashioned the chance. It could have been two when Chivers was through on Neil Ramsbottom, but the keeper kept his shot out.

Just two minutes before the interval, a shot drilled in from the edge of the area by Brian Alderson levelled the score.

The second half was a more sedate affair, with both teams having chances as Coventry defended in numbers and Spurs kept out a late charge by the Sky Blues.

Coventry : -  Neil Ramsbotham, Graham Oakey, Jimmy Holmes, John Craven, Peter Hindley, Alan Dugdale, WIllie Carr, Brian Alderson, Mick Ferguson, Alan Green (Les Cartwright), Tommy Hutchison
Spurs : - Jennings, Kinnear, Knowles, McAllister, England, Naylor, Conn, Perryman, Chivers, Peters (cpt), Duncan
Unused sub. : - Coates
Ref. : -  W. Johnson
Linesmen :
Crowd : - 15,227

28.12.1974 Coventry City nicked a point at White Hart Lane with Colin Stein's early goal being defended until Tottenham managed an equaliser.

The Sky Blues almost took both points when a first half header from David Cross hit the bar, but Spurs got a share of the points when Martin Peters hit a shot that bounced back off the post and into the net off the unfortunate Wilf Smith, who was making his last appearance for the Midlands club.

Spurs -    Jennings, Kinnear, Knowles, Pratt, England, Naylor, Coates, Perryman, Chivers (Neighbour), Peters (cpt), Duncan
Coventry City -   Neil Ramsbottom, Wilf Smith, Chris Cattlin, Larry Lloyd, Alan Dugdale, John Craven (Jimmy Holmes), Willie Carr, Brian Alderson, Colin Stein, David Cross, Tommy Hutchinson
Crowd : -   20,301
Ref. : -  Mr. Alex R. Lees (Street, Somerset)
Linesmen : Mr. R. S. Lewis (Surrey) - Red flag; Mr. R. Dix (Hants) - Yellow flag

19.01.1974 Two first half Martin Peters goals gave Tottenham a winning advantage in their First Division game with Coventry City at White Hart Lane.

The first goal came from Peters' finish after he got on the end of Ray Evans' lob and then he headed home to make it 2-0, getting on the end of Steve Perryman's free-kick.

While it seemed comfortable for Spurs, a goal by Brian Alderson with a low shot into the bottom corner of the net gave Tottenham a nervous ending and made them work for the victory.

Spurs : - Jennings, Evans, Naylor, Pratt (Neighbour), England, Beal, MacGrath, Perryman, Chivers, Peters (cpt), Coates
Coventry : - Bill Glazier, Mick Coop, Jimmy Holmes (Chris Cattlin), Willie Carr, John Craven, Alan Dugdale, Dennis Mortimer, Brian Alderson, Colin Stein, David Cross. Tommy Hutchinson
Manager : Gordon Milne
Kit : - Sky Blue shirts, Black shorts
Crowd : -   20,985
Ref. : -  - (-)

25.08.1973 Spurs slipped to a 0-1 defeat at Highfield Road, with Mick Coop scoring the only goal of the game in the 25th minute, with a header that bobbled over the line out of Pat Jennings' reach.  Only a good show by Jennings kept out Colin Stein, Tommy Hutchinson and Brian Alderson to retain the single goal margin.

Coventry City -  Bill Glazier, Mick Coop, Jimmy Holmes, Dennis Mortimer, John Craven, Alan Dugdale, WIlf Smith, Alan Green, Colin Stein, Tommy Hutchinson, Brian Alderson
Spurs -  Jennings, Evans, Dillon, Beal, Knowles, Coates, Perryman, Gilzean, Neighbour (Holder), Peters, Chivers
Crowd : -   24,712

17.02.1973 Spurs won 1-0 at Coventry City, but the game lacked the quality that might have been expected from a First Division match.

John Pratt scored the only goal of the match with a 76th minute dipping shot over Bill Glazier.

Coventry had a good share of possession in the match but were unable to get past the Spurs defence. Chris Cattlin had the best opportunity for the Sky Blues, but put his shot over the bar with Pat Jennings on the floor and only Mike England on the line.

Coventry City : - Bill Glazier,
Spurs : - Jennings, Kinnear, Knowles, Pratt, England, Beal, Gilzean, Perryman, Chivers, Peters (cpt), Pearce
Unused sub. : - Coates.
Ref. Mr. (-)
Linesmen : Mr. - (-) - Red flag; Mr. - (-) - Yellow flag
Crowd : - 26,795

12.08.1972 Martin Peters grabbed a brace of goals on the opening day to give Spurs a fine start to the First Division season.

The England international hit an early goal in the first half and could have added a second early in the second, when he was given the chance to convert a penalty, but it was saved by Bill Glazier.  Ernie Hunt got the Sky Blues level, but a Steve Perryman cross from a free-kick gave Peters the opportunity to head home the winner at the Park Lane end.

Spurs : -  Jennings, Kinnear, Knowles, Pratt, England, Beal, Gilzean, Perryman, Chivers, Peters (cpt), Coates
Unused sub, : - Naylor
Coventry City (Programme line-up) : Bill Glazier, Mick Coop, Chris Cattlin, Ernie Machin, Jeff Blockley (cpt), Roy Barry, Dennis Mortimer, Ernie Hunt, Bobby Graham, Willie Carr, Quinton Young
Unused sub. : - Wilf Smith
Manager – Gordon Milne
Ref. : - Arthur Jones (Aughton, near Ormskirk, Lancashire)
Crowd : -   33,884

First goal : - 5 mins 45 secs
Second goal : - 61 mins 3 secs
Third goal : - 70 mins 5 secs

31.03.1972 Martin Chivers scored the only goal of the game to give Spurs both points.  The match looked liek it was drifting towards a goal-less draw until John Pratt's free kick lead to Chivers cracking home a fierce shot.

Spurs had come close to scoring earlier with Chivers firing a free-kick against the crossbar, while Martin Peters hit the post.

Spurs : - Jennings, Kinnear, Knowles, Coates, England, Beal (Pearce), Gilzean, Perryman, Chivers, Peters (cpt), Morgan
Unused sub. : - Pearce
Coventry (programme line-up) : - Bill Glazier, Wilf Smith, Chris Cattlin, Ernie Machin, Jeff Blockley (cpt), Roy Barry, Mick McGuire, Willie Carr, Chris Chilton, Bobby Graham, Ernie Hunt

Ref. Mr. Mike Kerkhof (Bicester)
Linesmen : Mr. Tom Bune (Sussex) - Red flag; Mr. P. Holness (Surrey) - Yellow flag
Crowd : -   32,542

25.09.1971 Spurs put in a poor performance at Highfield Road and lost out to a late goal as Coventry City scored the only goal of the game.

Veteran Ian St. John shot wide when well place din the first half and Alan Gilzean's header was saved by Bill Glazier.

The second half was more lively with Ralph Coates setting up Martin Peters to shoot just too high before the play moved to the other end, with Willie Carr putting a shot wide, Chris Chilton went within inches of hitting the target and Quinton Young was too high with a left foot shot.

Alan Mullery put in a dangerous cross, but there was nobody on the end of it, allowing Coventry to capitalise ten minutes from time. Mick Coop's throw-in to Young, who ran upfield with the ball before crossing from the right to Willie Carr at the far post, who headed past Jennings.

Coventry : - Bill Glazier, Mick Coop, Chris Cattlin, Smith, Jeff Blockley, Parker, Quinton Young, Willie Carr, Chris Chilton, Ernie Hunt, Ian St. John.
Spurs :- Jennings, Kinnear, Knowles (Pearce), Mullery (cpt), England, Beal, Coates, Perryman, Chivers, Peters, Gilzean

Crowd : -   26,517


Spurs were shot shy in their 0-0 draw at Highfield Road with Coventry City.


Tony Want was in for the injured Cyril Knowles, replacing the defender in attacking moves during the first half.


In the 37th minute, good work from Joe Kinnear and Alan Mullery set up Martin Chivers for a shooting opportunity, but goalkeeper Bill Glazier was quick off his line to block the effort.  Spurs were thankful for the crossbar's intervention when Willie Carr's 'donkey kick' free-kick was volleyed against the woodwork by Ernie Hunt.


Pat Jennings had to receive treatment for a cut left eye during the first period, but had an easy time, although a late effort from Northern Ireland full-back Dave Clements flew over the top.

Coventry City -  Bill Glazier, Geoff Strong, Chris Cattlin, Ernie Machin, Jeff Blockley, Bobby Parker (Brian Alderson), Dennis Mortimer, Willie Carr, Billy Rafferty, Ernie Hunt, Dave Clements
Spurs -  Jennings, Want, Peter Collins, Beal, Mullery (cpt), Perryman, Peters, Gilzean, Chivers
Unused sub. : - Pratt
Crowd : -   22,947
Ref. :  -  C. Nicholls

A League Cup Fourth Round tie at White Hart Lane saw Spurs progress with a 4-1 win thanks to goals from Alan Gilzean and a hat-trick from Martin Chivers, while Coventry scored through John O’Rourke.

Spurs : -   Jennings, Kinnear, Knowles, Mullery (c), England, Beal (Neighbour 46), Gilzean, Pratt, Chivers, Peters, Pearce
Coventry City -  Bill Glazier, Mick Coop, Wilf Smith, Dennis Mortimer, Jeff Blockley, Geoff Strong, Ernie Hunt, Willie Carr, Neil Martin (c), John O'Rourke, Dave Clements
Ref.  Mr. Clive Thomas (Treorchy)
Linesmen :  Mr. R. W. Toseland (Northants) - Red flag;  Mr. P. K. Byford (Essex) - Yellow flag
Crowd : -   31,864


29.08.1970 Martin Chivers scored the goal that defeated Coventry City at White Hart Lane, the result of a fine run and pass from Steve Perryman.  It was a tough win for Spurs to gain and although they pressed forward in the second half, they were unable to break through a determined Coventry defence.  At the end, they were grateful that John O'Rourke put his shot wide when well placed to avoid dropping points in this First Division match.

Spurs -  Jennings, Kinnear, England, Peter Collins, Knowles, Mullery (c), Perryman, Peters, Morgan (Pearce), Chivers, Gilzean
Coventry City -  Bill
Glazier, Mick Coop, Chris Cattlin, Ian Goodwin, Jeff Blockley, Geoff Strong, Ernie Hunt, Willie Carr, Neil Martin (c), John O'Rourke (Bobby Parker), Dave Clements
Crowd : -   27,103
Ref. : - Dennis Pugh (Chester)

Linesmen : Mr. A. H. Munday (Gloucs) – Red flag; Mr. B. R. Stockley (Dorset) - Yellow flag

21.03.1970 Martin Peters goal was not enough to stop Coventry leaving White Hart Lane with both points.

His headed goal early on in this match, his debut, put Tottenham ahead with just 13 minutes on the clock.  Peters swept the ball wide to Alan Mullery, who slipped the ball outside to Ray Evans, who went on an over-lapping run before crossing for Peters to head past Bill Glazier in the Coventry goal.

But it was the Sky Blues with two second half goals that earned the Midlanders the points.  In the 58th minute, Neil Martin was unmarked at the far post to head in a corner and nine minutes from the end, John O'Rourke ran clear and slipped the ball past Pat Jennings to make the final score 2-1 to the Coventry for their first win at White Hart Lane.

Spurs -  Jennings, Evans, England, Beal, Want, Mullery, Peters, Bond, Morgan, Gilzean, Jenkins (Chivers)
Coventry City -  Bill Glazier, Dietmar Bruck, Jeff Blockley, Mick Coop, chris Cattlin, Brian Gibson (Brian Joicey), Willie Carr, John O'Rourke, Denis Mortimer, Bobby Gould, Neil Martin
Crowd : -   34,942
Ref. : -


06.12.1969 Spurs slipped to a 2-3 defeat at Highfield Road as Coventry City took both points on home turf.

Ernie Machin was on the spot to put City ahead in the 12th minute sticking the ball past Pat Jennings, after the keeper had saved a Neil Martin effort.  There was a second Coventry goal in the 22nd minute as Martin's header from Dave Clement's free-kick found John O'Rourke, who nodded in from close range.  Mike England's header from a corner got Spurs back in the game ten minutes before the break. 

Ian Gibson restored the two goal lead, scoring from a Mick Coop cross that Martin stepped over to allow Gibson the chance shortly after half-time and although Alan Gilzean got one back before the end with a headed effort, Tottenham could not find the equaliser.  Spurs had Neil Johnson injured in the first minute and he struggled on to half-time, when he was replaced by Peter Collins.

Coventry City -  Bill Glazier, Mick Coop, Dave Clements, Roy Barry, Jeff Blockley, Ernie Hunt, Ian Gibson, Ernie Machin, John O'Rourke, Neil Martin, Willie Carr (Maurice Setters)
Manager : - Noel Cantwell
Spurs -   Jennings, Kinnear, England, Beal, Knowles, Mullery, Pratt, Perryman, Johnson (Peter Collins), Greaves, Gilzean
Crowd : -   28,443 
Ref. : -  H. Williams

04.04.1969 Two goals within 35 minutes settled this First Division match in Spurs' favour.

Neil Johnson hit the opening goal after two minutes and then Jimmy Pearce fired Roger Morgan's header into the net with a powerful volley past Bill Glazier.  The Sky Blues almost got back into the game with Trevor Shepherd going too high when in front of goal and then Ray Evans diverted a shot from Willie Carr onto the post.

Spurs -  Evans, Johnson, Pearce, Morgan
Coventry City -  Glazier, Carr, Shepherd 
Crowd : -   35,034 

17.09.1968 John Tudor had given Coventry a well-deserved 1-0 lead as they dominated the first half, but a great second half comeback saw Tottenham claim both points.  Martin Chivers headed Spurs level and in the 78th minute, Alan Gilzean headed a winner.  

Coventry City -  Tudor,
Spurs -  Chivers, Gilzean
Crowd : -   40,950 

20.04.1968 Three first half goals virtually sewed this game up for Spurs, but two Neil Martin strikes for the Sky Blues put them back in the game in the second period.  Cliff Jones, Dave Mackay and Jimmy greaves had given Spurs the big lead before Martin headed a Coventry goal.  A fourth for Tottenham from Greaves again ended any resistance from the visitors in front of a crowd of 36,175 leaving them sixth in Division One, despite a late second header from Martin.

Spurs -   Mackay, Cliff Jones, Greaves
Coventry City - 
Crowd : -   36,175 

15.10.1967 A Jimmy Greaves double and another goal from Cliff Jones helped Spurs to a 3-2 away win at Highfield Road against Coventry City.

Coventry City - 
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Spurs -  Jennings, Kinnear, Knowles, Mullery, England, Beal, Robertson, Greaves, Gilzean, Venables, Jones
Unused sub. : -
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Spurs visited Highfield Road for a friendly to celebrate Coventry finishing top of Division Three.

The game ended in a 6-5 win for Tottenham, as John White scored in his last game, Les Allen got a hat trick and Frank Saul grabbed two goals.  Coventry scored through Hudson, Farmer, Kirby and Newton.

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04.03.1950 One goal won this match at Highfield Road for Spurs in their promotion season and it came from Les Medley.  The Spurs forward headed home in the closing minutes of the match after Alf Ramsey had gone on a long dribble up the wing.

Coventry City - 
Spurs -  Ramsey, Medley
Crowd : -  36,320


This Division Two match drew the biggest crowd to watch a game between the two sides and Spurs ran out 3-1 winners, leaving City in bottom place in the league table.

Les Bennett opened the scoring for Tottenham, but Ted Roberts equalised for the Sky Blues, although a goal from Len Duquemin saw Spurs regain a lead before the interval.  It was another from Duquemin in the second half that saw Spurs through to a comfortable two points against a Coventry side disrupted by an injury to right back Harry Barratt.

Spurs - Bennett, Duquemin
Coventry City - Barratt, Roberts
Crowd : -  35,454

30.08.1948 Tottenham ran out 4-0 winners against Coventry City in this Second Division meeting at White Hart Lane.

Only a good performance by City keeper Alf Wood kept Spurs at bay on a pleasant Monday summer's evening.  However, Freddie Cox gave Tottenham the lead and then Len Duquemin picked up a ball that bounced away off Coventry centre-half George Mason and scored the second for Spurs.  Duquemin then scored a brilliant third Tottenham goal before the fourth was hooked home by Ernie Jones.

Spurs -  Cox, Duquemin, Ernie Jones
Coventry City -  Wood, Mason
Crowd : -   31,786

31.12.1938 A 4-0 defeat earned Coventry City their biggest home win over Spurs.

The match kicked off at 14.15 and it was Coventry who made the quick start with centre forward Tommy Crawley scoring the opening goal in the ninth minute, which became 2-0 four minutes later with left winger George Taylor finishing off a good move.  Coventry extended their lead further in the 42nd minute, as
prolific striker Ted Roberts netted to add to his total for the season.

The second half performance was played out with little enthusiasm by either side until Bill MacDonald scored two minutes before the final whistle to seal a big home win that took the Sky Blues into fourth position in the Second Division table.

Coventry City - Bill Morgan, Jack Astley, Walter Metcalf, Billy Frith, George Mason (c), Harry Boileau, George Ashall, Ted Roberts, Tommy Crawley, Bill McDonald, George Taylor
Manager : -  Harry Storer
Spurs -  Hooper, Ward, Whatley, Spelman, Hitchens, Buckingham, Sargent, W. Hall (c), A. Hall, A. Duncan, L. Miller
Manager : -  Peter McWilliam
Crowd : -  19,499
Referee:-  F. J. Lowe (Bristol)

03.09.1938 The last time Coventry played at White Hart Lane before World War II saw Tottenham take the points with a 2-1 win with all the goals coming in the first period.  Johnny Morrison and Colin Lyman gave Spurs a 2-0 lead before Ellis Lager knocked a goal in three minutes before the teams turned around for a goal-less second half in this Second Division match.

Spurs -  Morrison, Lyman
Coventry City - 
Crowd : -  39,982

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10.04.1937 An injury to Jack Hall saw Les Howe take over in goal for the last half hour of this 3-1 Division 2 win over Coventry City at White Hart Lane.

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Crowd : -   18,515

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On their way to the League title, Spurs also won the home match this season against Coventry.

Bliss, Chipperfield and Grimsdell were all on the scoresheet again, with Jimmy Cantrell adding a fourth, while the Sky Blues got one goal back.

Spurs -  Cantrell, Bliss, Chipperfield, Grimsdell
Coventry City - 
Crowd : -  30,610


This first meeting between the two sides ended with a 5-0 win for Tottenham at Coventry.

The result is still the biggest away won for Spurs and braces from Bert Bliss and Jimmy Chipperfield were added to by Arthur Grimsdell.

Coventry City - 
Spurs -  Bliss, Chipperfield, Grimsdell
Crowd : -  16,500


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