Thursday 19 October 2017

Cast your eyes over the last Tottenham XI to finish above Arsenal

By Max McLean

How many of these faces do you remember?

With Tottenham 14 points clear of Arsenal ahead of the north London derby, it’s highly likely Spurs will finish above their local rivals in the league for the first time since the 1994/95 season.

Tottenham’s last game of that season was a 1-1 home draw against Leeds, keeping them seventh, while Arsenal finished 11 points below them in 12th.

With that in mind we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane to see what the Spurs starting XI looked like the last time they placed better than Arsenal.

Ian Walker

Goalkeeper

Walker spent almost 12 years at Tottenham, playing more than 250 league games for the club – here, both he and Les Ferdinand can be seen having a competition to avoid the ball.

Colin Calderwood

Defender

Here’s Colin Calderwood, having his shirt tugged by a blond-haired Robbie Fowler – if that doesn’t accurately date this picture we don’t know what will.

Gary Mabbutt

Defender

Gary Mabbutt sporting a Harry Kane-style face mask – a good sign for Spurs?

Stuart Nethercott

Defender

Stuart Nethercott looks resplendent, doesn’t he? What a badge that is on the Spurs shirt.

Justin Edinburgh

Defender

Is it just us, or does Justin Edinburgh look like Harry Kane meets Harry Kewell? What a striker that would be.

David Kerslake

Defender

Another defender? That’s right, five at the back for Spurs, way before Chelsea tried it.

Darren Anderton

Midfielder

Darren Anderton, floppy hair and all, spent 12 years at the club, playing over 300 league games – there’s a man who knew how to kick a Mitre football.

Gerry McMahon

Midfielder

Gerry McMahon completed the midfield two – that’s some fine 1990s hair Gerry.

Teddy Sheringham

Forward

Teddy Sheringham scored an absolutely sumptuous volley for Spurs’ goal in this draw against Leeds – he also has the dubious honour of being the Premier League’s oldest goalscorer.

Andy Turner

Forward

Here’s former Tottenham trainee Andy Turner appearing in a sunshine yellow kit for Spurs – baggy shorts? Check. Finishing above Arsenal? Check.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Forward

He may have fallen on the floor often, but Spurs fell on their feet when they signed Jurgen Klinsmann – great hair and a great goalscoring record of 20 goals in his first season.

Gerry Francis

The manager

And who was in charge of Tottenham during that game? It was none other than Gerry Francis, seen here unmistakeably taking charge of Spurs – will Mauricio Pochettino replicate the former manager’s achievement of finishing above Arsenal? It looks likely.

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