The Anonymous Widower

Memories of Some Late Goals

On the coach to Ipswich today, we were thinking that no-one could ever remember Ipswich scoring any late goals.  They certainly could have done with a couple today!

In the 1960’s I used to cycle from my home in Sussex Way, Cockfosters to White Hart Lane, parking my bike in a garage near to the ground, that charged a half-crown. My father always said that he went to Spurs before the First World War with his father and they used to give a kid, a shilling to hold the horse’s head for the duration of the match.  It seems that nothing has changed except the price and parking costs near Portman Road is now about a fiver.

I think that on the day of my tale, I must have gone to see Spurs entertain Manchester United on the bike as I got back fairly quickly and the alternative of the train from White Hart Lane to Enfield Town and a 107 bus, always got me in quite a bit later.

In this match, which according to this page, most probably was on the 10th September 1966, I was home reasonably early and met my next door neighbour, a Mr. Gibbon, who had been to the same match, but had driven in his car. Note that I never had a lift.

He was a Mancunian, who supported United, although he had season tickets at both Spurs and Arsenal, and went to each when they were at home.  They alternated home matches in those days, so you could do this.

He said that it had been a great match especially as United had won by the only goal.  I also knew that he always left with about ten minutes to go, so I said that I thought it had been a good game too, especially as Spurs had won 2-1 with two goals by Greaves and Gilzean in the last few minutes.  He obviously missed them and as he didn’t have a radio in his car, it was myself, who had given him the news.

November 13, 2010 - Posted by | Sport | , , ,


  1. Seems an odd thing to do, leave before the end of the match when you dont know the final score

    Comment by liz | November 13, 2010 | Reply

  2. He was a very odd bloke and I have masses of stories about him. I might post a few.

    Comment by AnonW | November 14, 2010 | Reply

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