spurs - masters of the south !!

24.07.2004

The last weekend of Masters Cup 2004 qualification and what a weekend ! 

Over 2,500 people crammed into the Planet Ice Arena, Milton Keynes to witness some of the greatest legends do battle on the blue baize for their chance of Masters Cup glory. 

Spurs Masters, ever the bridesmaid in past Masters event, fielded a strong side which saw Justin Edinburgh team up with Clive Wilson and Mark Stimson to shore up the defence. Masters debutant Razor Ruddock joined Mitchell Thomas and John Polston to control the midfield and with Terry Gibson and Mark Robson up front, it was the balance of the Spurs Masters squad that made the difference.  

Up against Southampton in the first game, Spurs raced to a 3 - 1 lead, with Edinburgh, Stimson and Wilson finding the net before Le Tissier’s brilliance helped Saints recover to 3 - 3. Unperturbed, Spurs re-organised and destroyed Portsmouth 5 -1 in their second game, Razor and Robson with a brace apiece with Polston inflicting the sucker punch late on. In their final game against arch-rivals Arsenal, Spurs consolidated, knowing their place in the final was assured - a goal from Mitchell Thomas levelled the game after Paul Davis had put the Gunners ahead. 

The final against Arsenal was pure theatre. Efficient passing in the previous game by Spurs had worn out their bitter rivals and it showed, as Spurs went on wave after wave of attack, springing their defence numerous times to go in front. Moran netted twice, Ruddock, Robson, Gibson and Thomas all chipped in with a goal each and if it wasn’t for Martin Hayes’s consolation at the end, it could have been far worse than the 6 - 1 mauling it ended up.   

As it was, Spurs went through and became the first Masters team in history to register goals from every one of their nine outfield players.  

Could it be Spurs name on the Masters Cup this year ? Find out this September … (see below for details)

 

MEHSTG was not sure why Peter Hucker was there (we found out he is a goalkeeping coach to the THFC Academy and qualifies as an employee of the club), but this is the Tottenham Hotspur Masters squad that took part in the Southern Masters tournament:

1.   Peter Hucker 6.   Mitchell Thomas
2.   Mark Stimson 7.   John Polston
3.   Justin Edinburgh 8.   Paul Moran
4.   Clive Wilson 9.   Terry Gibson
5.   Neil Ruddock 10.  Mark Robson

 

Other former Spurs players who have been involved in the Masters 2004 tournament so far have been …

Mark Kendall (Birmingham City) Bobby Mimms (Blackburn Rovers)
Jason Dozzell (Ipswich Town) Steve Hodge (Leeds United)
Gordon Durie (Glasgow Rangers) Paul Walsh (Liverpool)
Chris Waddle (Sheffield Wednesday) Jason Cundy (Chelsea)
Kevin Scott (Newcastle United) Kerry Dixon (Chelsea)
Ruel Fox (Newcastle United) John Moncur (West Ham United)

 

The Grand Final will see legends from Spurs FC compete against legends from seven other clubs including Everton, Chelsea, Wolves, Coventry City, Liverpool, Middlesbrough & Rangers who have all qualified in their regional finals.
 

The Spurs squad for the final will be : -
1.    Hans Segers
2.    Mark Stimson
3.    Justin Edinburgh
4.    Clive Wilson
5.    Neil Ruddock
6.    Mitchell Thomas
7.    John Polston
8.    Paul Moran
9.    Mark Robson
10.  Andy Sinton

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