Tottenham Hotspur have scored some mightily impressive goals in their history, it has to be said. Whether you’ve supported them since the days when, let’s face it, they were crap or a post-2008 “armchair fan”, supporters have been spoiled for choice when it comes to witnessing stunning efforts. When I was to choose my top 10 goals in Spurs’ history, it was easier said than done, but below are my choices, in no particular order.
This is one of only a handful of goals that would make every list as far as Spurs fans are concerned. A North London derby at Wembley all but set the tone for the upcoming encounter, but many packed inside the historic stadium that afternoon were left stunned after just five minutes. From 35-yards out, Gascoigne attempted what some perceived to be the impossible, well, until the ball nestled in Arsenal's top corner, that is. A free-kick, regarded as the as one of the finest to grace Wembley, set Spurs on their way to a 3-1 win before the club tasted glory with a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest in May.
If there was any goal that would demonstrate the class that Dimitar Berbatov exuded, it was the opener during the 2-0 win over Charlton Athletic back in 2007. The Addicks entered the game needing to win or face relegation. However, there uphill task was worsened after six minutes when Ledley King knocked the ball down the sideline. The Bulgarian touched the ball past Talal El Karkouri before impressively holding off the challenge of the powerful Moroccan to slot calmly past Scott Carson. Berbarotica at its filthiest.
The more times I watch this goal, the better it gets. Every team needs a flair player, one that can produce that spark of magic in a heartbeat, and between 1997 and 2000; Spurs had there’s in the form of David Ginola. The Frenchman skipped through the Barnsley defence during the meeting between the two sides at Oakwell it what many have described as one of the greatest in the clubs history. A stunning effort from a man who was most definitely worth it.
The one goal on this list that made me cry in my seat with pure jubilation. After Chelsea had taken the initiative through Didier Drogba, Berbatov netted from the spot to take the Carling Cup final encounter to extra time. It wasn’t the prettiest of goal; Jonathan Woodgate facepalming the ball into the net from Petr Cech’s punch away. Spurs held on to lift their first trophy since 1999 and all because of Woodgate’s beautiful northern mug.
Mbulelo Mabizela vs Leicester City (October 2003)
Mbulelo Mabizela was one of the players that left fans scratching their collective heads upon his arrival. The South African joined from Orlando Pirates back in 2003 and made just seven appearances for Spurs during his two year stint with the club. However, he’ll always be revered for his sublime strike in the 2-1 win over Leicester City that afternoon in October. With the North London side 1-0 down heading into the dying embers, the now 32-year-old smashed home from outside the 18-yard box with 10 minutes to go before Freddie Kanoute completed the fightback in the 90th minute.
Not the prettiest of goals, but one that sent the Spurs faithful into delirium. With the race for fourth place set to go to the final game of the season, a win the visitors would guarantee a place in the 2010/11 Champions League. The encounter was heading for a stalemate, before Younes Kaboul broke down the right flank. The Frenchman’s cross was palmed away from on-loan Marton Fulop, but only as far as Peter Crouch to head past the Manchester City shotstopper. Cue fans going into pandemonium was the strike guaranteed the win for Spurs and place in Europe’s elite competition for the first time in their history.
It’s a game that has been dubbed one of the greatest in the history of the Premier League, but an encounter which unearthed the unlikeliest of heroes. West Ham United, struggling to fight their way out of a relegation scrap, went 2-0 to take the London derby by the scruff of the neck. Spurs, however, just wouldn’t lie down and it was in the 94th minute that the Martin Jol led side finally took the lead. Canadian Paul Stalteri, god knows what he was doing that far forward, was on hand to knock into an empty after Rob Green parried Jermain Defoe’s effort. Cue the chant for the Etobicoke born defender ‘Stalteri, woah. Stalteri, woah. He comes from Montreal. He hates the Arsenal’.
Remember remember the 5th of November is generally saved for Guy Fawkes and his plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. However, Spurs fans will forever remember that date due to Aaron Lennon. The pint-sized winger netted the winner in the 2-1 win over Chelsea to hand the club their first league win over the Blues since 1990. The win was the first in a six-game unbeaten streak at home to the West London side in the Premiership that came to an abrupt end in the 4-2 loss to Chelsea last weekend.
This strike came less than a month ago, but the historical connotations mean it warrants a place on the list. Spurs hadn’t won at Old Trafford in 23-years, with a sole Gary Lineker striker separating the two sides back in 1989, a game in which I was only 18 months old at the time. Gareth Bale looked to add to his first from the first half, but his effort was initially stopped by Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard. However, the Dane could only parry into the path of Clint Dempsey to smash into an empty net. For all Spurs fans know, it could well be the American’s only goal for the club, but he will go down in folklore as the man to end the 23-year wait for a win at United.
“This could end up n row Z,” said Glenn Hoddle post-match, such was the audacity of Danny Rose to attempt such a strike. However, the England U-21 star caught the ball perfectly to blast past Arsenal ‘keeper Manuel Almunia and open the scoring in the North London derby. Harry Redknapp sprung a surprise by starting Rose in the encounter, and despite doing very little in his 45 minute cameo; the wingers effort will never be forgotten. The goal was the beginning of Spurs’ pursuit to a top four finish, culminating in Crouch’s aforementioned effort at Manchester City.
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