Arsenal FC – Our home record v the Potato Men

The two teams met for the first time in the United League November 9th 1896. The match took place at Woolwich Arsenal’s Manor Ground in Plumstead and Arsenal won, 2-1. The United League was founded in 1896 to provide additional mid-week fixtures for teams drawn from a number of leagues including founder members, Woolwich Arsenal from the Football League, and Tottenham Hotspur from the Southern League.

The teams first met in a Division 1 Football League match on December 4th 1909 it was watched by a crowd of 18,000. Woolwich Arsenal won 1- 0 with Walter Henry Lawrence scoring their first league goal against Spurs.

Some key games between the clubs

Tottenham 0–1 Arsenal (3 May 1971) The final match of the 1970–71 league campaign, with Arsenal needing a win or a goalless draw to take the First Division title (a score draw would have meant Leeds United won on goal average). The game was tight with few real chances on goal, until the very end. With three minutes to go, John Radford’s shot forced Pat Jennings into a good save; George Armstrong got to the rebound and chipped the ball across goal and Ray Kennedy headed home the winner. Spurs desperately tried to get a goal back but to no avail; Arsenal held on to win the title (the first half of the Double that season).

Tottenham 1–2 Arsenal (4 March 1987) Arsenal and Spurs had drawn 2–2 on aggregate in the League Cup semi-finals; with no away goals rule in force, the match was replayed at Spurs’ home ground of White Hart Lane. Spurs went 1–0 up through Clive Allen but Arsenal substitute Ian Allinson equalised and David Rocastle scrambled home the winner to send Arsenal through to the Final, where they won their first trophy since 1979.

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Arsenal 1–0 Tottenham (4 April 1993 at Wembley) The second FA Cup semi-final between the two, in which Arsenal sought revenge over their North London rivals for the 3–1 semi-final defeat two years earlier. Tony Adams scored with a header from a Paul Merson free kick for the Gunners in the 79th minute; Arsenal prevailed despite Lee Dixon’s sending-off, and went on to win the FA Cup in May and complete the first ever domestic cup double.

Arsenal 2–1 Tottenham (8 April 2001 at Old Trafford) – the third FA Cup semi-final between the two. Gary Doherty gave Spurs the lead, before Patrick Vieira equalised for Arsenal. Robert Pires scored a second half winner to send Arsenal through to the first FA Cup final to be played outside England, where they lost 2–1 to Liverpool in Cardiff.

Tottenham 2–2 Arsenal (25 April 2004) Arsenal were unbeaten in the Premier League and only needed a point to secure the title. The Gunners were 2–0 up after 35 minutes thanks to Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires’ goals. A famous win looked to be on the cards, but Spurs restored some pride by denying Arsenal victory; in the second half Jamie Redknapp scored from long-range, then Robbie Keane converted a 90th-minute penalty to give Arsenal their second and, as of 2018, last league championship won at their rivals’ home ground.

Arsenal 3–1 Tottenham a.e.t (31 January 2007) Arsenal booked their place in the 2007 League Cup Final, for the first time since winning the competition in 1993, after this extra-time victory. The teams drew the first leg 2–2 at White Hart Lane where Tottenham threw away a 2–0 first half lead, eventually drawing the game. The return leg game was goalless until the 77th minute when Emmanuel Adebayor gave Arsenal the lead, before Mido equalised for Tottenham five minutes from time. Jérémie Aliadière restored Arsenal’s lead in the 105th minute and the game was eventually won by Arsenal after a 113th minute own goal by Tottenham’s Pascal Chimbonda, sending Arsenal through to the final, 5–3 on aggregate. Arsenal, however, would eventually lose the final to Chelsea.

The February 10th, 2018 North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal at Wembley officially drew the biggest-ever Premier League crowd. No fewer than 83,222 fans flocked to watch the clash – ultimately won by Spurs 1-0 thanks to a Harry Kane header. In fact, the turn-out was just 38 fans short of the English league record of 83,260, set at the former home of Manchester City – Maine Road – in 1948.

The last time we lost a home game to Spurs was on November 20th 2010.

We peeled the Spuds 2-0 on their last visit to the Emirates Stadium.


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26 Responses to Arsenal FC – Our home record v the Potato Men

  1. chas says:

    Cheers, GN5
    A weekend with an NLD in it are always big ones and that’s a fine start to it.

  2. keith green says:

    You poor souls, having to spend your time at the mosque.. what a soulless shi*hole. woolwich is where you come from so f*ck off back there.

  3. chas says:

    Nice to know you spent time searching to come on here and to be so charming, Keith. The post isn’t even tagged.
    Here’s a photo for you…….

  4. chas says:

    And another….

  5. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Brilliant first pic in the post chas.

    Keith is a typical ignorant Spud racist. The only reason why his comment is still onsite is to highlight how dreadful they are

  6. Big Raddy says:

    GN5. A cracker of a post. So many great memories and I was lucky enough to witness all the mentioned games (not all in person).

    In recent years with the dread of international Gooners have shifted their focus from the awfulness of our neighbours but for traditionalists the first and most important game we look for when they put out the fixture list is the Miscreants.

    More on that tomorrow.

  7. Mal says:

    Good article. It’s a shame that Keith Green felt the need to make such a puerile comment because it then leads to morons like Big Randy joining in

  8. Red Arnie says:

    Very nice, GN5. Thank you. 🙂 Nothing like the memories of NLD and the thoughts of an impending one to fire your spirits! 🙂

    Aliadière: now thats a name I had almost forgotten

  9. Red Arnie says:

    Nice one LBG. 🙂

    Here is a good article, for a change, on Beebs:

    I point to this because you can see below in comments the series of comments by racist thug spuds like Keith, and the struggles BBC staff had in weeding these out.

    GN5, it is valuable to remind us and all how long the shadow is and the blue-white swamp that lies at the edge of that shadow.

  10. GunnerN5 says:

    Keith Green,

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments on my post. I invite you to send us a post showing all of the Spurs glory games against the Gunners.

    It would also be good if you could add your personal recollections of the last time you won the league (1961) and your last FA Cup Final win (1991) – providing that you have a good enough memory or were even born way back.

  11. chas says:

    Who’s this?

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  13. GunnerN5 says:

    My cousin just called and asked if I would loan her £300.00 to help her pay her rent. Those who know me, know that I’m always willing to help out friends and family. I told her to give me some time to think about it and I would call her back. Before I called her back, my aunt called and told me that my cousin was lying and not to give her the money. She goes on to say that the real reason my cousin wanted the £300.00 was to get her boyfriend out of jail so she could be under the same roof as him for his birthday. I thought about it for a minute and decided to give her the £300.00 because we all need help at times. So, I called my cousin and told her to come and get the money. A couple of hours later, I get a call from the prison. It was my cousin crying, screaming and asking why I gave her counterfeit money. My response…so you and your boyfriend could be under the same roof for his birthday!

  14. Big Raddy says:

    Just watched MC vs B’mouth. City were superb in the second half, as good as any team since the Invincibles.

    Leroy Sane is a wonderful player and with Mahrez, Sane and Sterling they have the 3 best wingers in the PL if not the world.

    Why couldn’t we have just one?

  15. chas says:

    We can’t afford them.

  16. chas says:

    Loved Man U ‘s technique to stop the ball going under the wall. It sailed over and nestled in the back of the net.

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  19. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Already tense and excited.

    The Spurs posts often receive a heated response from Spuds, perhaps I should give it a tame headline to keep them away, because as always I will be less than welcoming to the Miscreant hordes.

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  21. chas says:

    Something to take you up to kick off perhaps.

  22. Big Raddy says:

    Ooh, I am enjoying writing this post!

    Have you a headline which will not attract the knuckle draggers?

  23. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

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