Spurs v Arsenal Notes

29.09.1937 George Hunt played for Spurs Reserves at Highbury in a 1-1 draw and four days later was playing at Arsenal again, having been transferred to Manchester City.

09.02.1952 A minute’s silence was observed before the match to mark the death of George VI.

02.01.1995 The win equals the club record for five games without conceding a goal.

31.03.2001 David Pleat takes charge of the team as caretaker for the last time before Glenn Hoddle becomes manager.

02.12.2006 First game at Arsenal’s latest new ground since their move form South London – the Emirates Stadium

22.12.2007 Spurs went to The Emirates in the 600th Premier League game for both clubs.

They are linked with both

Clive Allen Bought by Arsenal for over £1 million, he famously never played a game for the Gooners, but moved around London until he finally signed for his Dad’s old team in 1984, enjoying a rich vein of goal-scoring in his four years with Spurs.

Charlie Ambler A goalkeeper who had his first spell with Arsenal from 1891-94, when he went out on loan without playing a game for his owners, but moved straight to Spurs, where he made 16 appearances.  Not in a formal league at that point, he went off to Luton, but didn’t play a game for them before moving to Arsenal in 1895 making one appearance before returning to Spurs in 1896.  Played 53 times in a four year spell before moving to Gravesend United and continuing his penchant for signing for near rivals as he moved to New Brompton (who became) Gillingham and then from West Ham United to Millwall.

Bobby Arber Reserve team player at Arsenal, Arber later went on to be a youth/reserve team manager at Spurs and continued as a scout for the club.

David Bentley Arsenal youth team winger who got few first team opportunities found his way to Tottenham via Blackburn Rovers, signing for £16 million, but failed to live up to his price tag and had a very disappointing Spurs career.

David Black Started at Grimsby Town and Middlesbrough.  Scored in the 1896 FA Cup Final for Wolves before signing for Burnley and then Tottenham in 1897. After one season, he moved to Arsenal where he did not make an appearance for the club.  Ended his career with Clyde in his native Scotland.

Anton Blackwood Young full back, who played in the youth sides of both clubs, but failed to make a senior appearance for either.  Coached at Tottenham Academy.

Jimmy Brain Scored on his Arsenal debut in 1924 … against Spurs, but after 204 league matches (125 goals) and an FA Cup winners medal, joined Tottenham on 10th September 1931 for £2,500.  Brain played 47 matches and scored 10 goals for Tottenham before he retired in May 1935. 

Laurie Brown Moved from Arsenal to Spurs in 1964 and almost scored against his old side on his debut the day after he signed.  Joined Arsenal in 1961 and made 101 appearances for them before coming to the Lane and playing 65 times for Spurs.

Walter Bugg Made one competitive appearance (and two friendlies) for Spurs in the three seasons he spent with the club from 1902, after he had signed from Arsenal, where he failed to make the first team.  Ended his career at Norwich City.

Lycurgus Burrows Played 10 games for Arsenal and 25 Southern League matches for Spurs, as well as 12 FA cup ties (over 100 games in total [including friendlies]) between 1894 and 1898.  

Sol Campbell Brought up through the ranks at Tottenham, the central defender chose to defect to Arsenal on a free transfer in 2001 after saying he was not going anywhere.  Left Arsenal in similar circumstances, but returned for a final fling in 2010.

Herbert Chapman Player with Tottenham in the period before World War I and went on to manage Arsenal in the 1930s.

Damien Comolli French based scout for Arsene Wegner’s Arsenal and spent time as Tottenham’s Sporting Director.

Freddie Cox Flighty winger who played for Spurs either side of a stint in the RAF as a fighter pilot in WWII – 99 league games; 15 goals – and then joined Arsenal in 1949 (79 league appearances; nine goals), before leaving for WBA in 1953.

Jimmy Devlin Signed for Spurs on 29th May 1896, Devlin scored once in 20 Southern League appearances, but in April 1897, he was suspended for a year for lack of effort.  During this period, he signed for Millwall and the matter had to be referred to the FA, but he played for the South London outfit and then Sunderland, before pitching up at Woolwich Arsenal in December of that year.  Stayed until the following August making only one league appearance.

Jonathan Dinzeyi Defender who came through the Spurs youth system but was released, joining Arsenal in September 2020.

Wilf Dixon Spurs first team assistant manager under Terry Neill and turned up at Highbury as a trainer under the same manager.

Jack Eggett Goalkeeper Eggett signed for Arsenal in 1903 from Doncaster Rovers, but didn’t get a game, so moved on to West Ham after half a season.  After four months, Jack signed for Spurs in May 1904 and although he didn’t make his debut until October that year, he made the position his own, playing 119 times. An injury saw him replaced by Matt Reilly and he was released to join Croydon Common in April 1907.

Tom Fitchie A Scot who was moved to South London, Tom Fitchie was a talented schoolboy footballer, but moved into business although he played amateur football and turned out for Woolwich Arsenal from 1901 to 1904.  Made two appearances for Spurs in April 1902 because as an amateur he did not have to affiliate with one club.  Signed for Arsenal in 1908 for one season after playing for Queens Park and Norwich City.

Theo Foley Was assistant manager to George Graham at Arsenal and took over as Spurs reserve team manager.

William Gallas French defender who came to England to play for Chelsea, then moved to Arsenal and despite having captained the side, was released on a free transfer, allowing him to join Tottenham in 2010.

George Graham One of Arsenal’s most successful managers before being found guilty of taking a bung, but re-emerged after a ban to take over at Leeds United and then Tottenham Hotspur in October 1998, winning the League Cup in 1999 before being sacked in 2001.  Had played for Arsenal before becoming their manager.

Vic Groves Signed for Tottenham in 1952 having won England Youth and amateur caps.  Scored twice on his debut against Liverpool, but only made a total of four appearances scoring three goals before he returned to the amateur game with Walthamstow Avenue. Persuaded to sign pro terms with Leyton Orient, Vic then joined Arsenal in 1955 going on to playing over 250 games for the Gunners.

George Hardy Coach and assistant to Herbert Chapman at Arsenal from 1910 to 1927, the trainer then moved to Tottenham from 1927, he also coached nursery side Northfleet United and dies preparing for a Spurs match v West Bromwich Albion in January 1947.

Tom Hatfield Another keeper who started at Woolwich Arsenal in 1895 as an amateur, before coming to Tottenham in September 1895 as cover for Charlie Ambler and thus he was restricted to ten games.  Released in April 1897 to join the Royal Engineers.

Stewart Houston George Graham’s assistant manager at Tottenham, having filled a similar role when under Graham at Highbury.

Joe Hulme A player with Arsenal from 1926 to  1938, he made 333 league appearances, scoring 107 goals from the right wing.  An excellent cricketer for Middlesex between 1929 and 1939. Went into management with Tottenham in 1946, after working as a policeman during World War II and left Spurs in 1949 to become a very successful journalist.

George Hunt “The Chesterfield Tough” made 185 League appearances for Tottenham racking up 125 goals and later joined Arsenal for the 1937-38 season costing them £7,000 from Spurs, playing 18 times and netting three goals in a title-winning season.

David Jenkins A midfielder who Spurs swapped Jimmy Robertson for in 1968 and Tottenham got the rough end of the deal with a player who was at Arsenal for five and only played 25 times. Regarded by some as the worst signing Tottenham ever made.

Pat Jennings Legendary Tottenham goalkeeper, who was allowed to leave for Arsenal in 1977 at the age of 33 to play in three FA Cup finals, but returned home as a player late in his career and stayed on as a goalkeeping consultant at Spurs.  Made 237 league appearances for Arsenal, with 472 for Spurs.

Bill Julian Playing for Boston Town against Arsenal, he was signed in 1889.  Played in their first FA Cup tie, became captain and was there when the team turned professional.  In 1892, he moved on to Luton Town and two years later came to Tottenham for one season, playing in our first FA Cup tie, but left in October 1895 to play out his career at Dartford.

Peter Kyle Scottish centre-forward Kyle was signed from Kettering Town in 1905 and his one season stay at Spurs was notable for a bust-up with team-mate Chris Carrick.  Left in 1906 to move South of the river for Woolwich Arsenal, scoring 21 times in 52 matches, but strapped for cash, they cashed in on him by selling him to Aston Villa in 1908.

Bill Lane Played for Tottenham before ending up as a scout for Arsenal.

Peter McWilliam A man who took over as Spurs manager from 1912 to 1927, went on to scout for Arsenal in later years.

Tom Meade In 1893, centre forward Tom Meade signed for Arsenal, turning professional in 1894, with a goal record of seven goals in 14 games, but left to join Spurs in 1897.  His two year stay brought eight goals in 19 matches and when he left in 1899, he joined Fulham, with whom he won the Southern League.

Billy Minter Originally an amateur with Norwich City, Billy Minter joined Arsenal in 1905 but his three months career in South London was spent in the reserves.  He played for Reading for two years – top scoring each year, before coming to Tottenham in 1908.  The forward’s 12 year spell at Spurs saw him rack up 155 goals in 343 appearances.  He wasn’t finished there, as he took a role as club trainer, then manager and later assistant secretary making him one of the most important formative figures in the club’s history. 

Terry Naylor Had trials with Arsenal and Millwall before signing for Tottenham as an amateur, before turning pro in 1969.  Spent 10 seasons with Spurs and played over 350 games, scoring a solitary goal.  Left for Charlton Athletic in November 1980. 

Terry Neill Former Arsenal player who was brought in to manage Tottenham, keeping them in the First Division in 1975, but left the following year and subsequently managed Arsenal.

Tim O’Shea Defender who had a couple of years in the Arsenal youth system before joining Spurs, for who he made five appearances.  Was loaned out to Newport County before leaving for Leyton Orient in 1988.

Tobi Omole Young defender who was released by the Arsenal youth system before joining Spurs in October 2020 following a short trial, playing initially for the Under-23 side.

Jamie O’Hara Youngster with Arsenal, but was let go and was signed by Spurs, progressing through the Academy to make the first team.

George Payne Signed for Tottenham in 1906 and stayed until they gained promotion to the Football League in 1908, scoring three times in seven first team games.  Joined Crystal Palace, before moving to Sunderland and Leyton.  Signed for Arsenal in January  1912 and only appeared three times for the South London side, leaving at the end of the 1912-13 season.  George was injured in active service in the First World War.

Ron Piper An amateur with Arsenal, Ronny Piper came to Spurs in October 1960, making one appearance in the first team before leaving in the summer of 1965 for Wimbledon.

Tom Pratt Physical forward Tom Pratt spent one season at Tottenham signing in 1899 and scoring 54 goals in 60 matches (helping Spurs to the Southern League title), before returning to Preston North End, from whom Spurs had signed him.  Left for his hometown club Fleetwood before another spell at PNE, then signed for Arsenal, where he only made a handful of appearances in 1903-04.

Rohan Ricketts Young midfielder, who only played one game for the Arsenal first team, snapped up by Spurs when released and was in the first team under Glenn Hoddle, appearing 36 times, but left in 2005 to travel the world finding clubs to play for.

Jimmy Robertson Winger bought by Spurs from St. Mirren who created and scored goals (including one in the 1967 FA Cup final) and was inexplicably swapped for the more prosaic David Jenkins, leaving Jimmy to spend 18 months at Highbury before moving on to Ipswich Town, Stoke City, Walsall and Crewe Alexandra.  Made 157 league matches for Spurs, scoring 25 times and played 46 league games for Arsenal, with seven goals.

Mat Ryan Spent a spell at Tottenham on trial during 2012 before returning to his club Central Coast Mariners in Australia.  Moved to Belgium, Spain and the Brighton before joining Arsenal on laon in January 2021 until the end of the season.

Andrew Swann Scottish inside forward who played for Arsenal from May 1901 until December of that year, scoring three goals in seven appearances.  He returned to Scotland and arrived at Spurs in May 1904 to play two Southern League games in season 1904-05, before going on to play for Partick Thistle.

Walter Thomas Came from the Arsenal youth set up and played for Spurs to Under-19 level, but injuries saw him allowed to leave Tottenham.

Erik Thorstvedt Had a trial with Arsenal, who did not rate the Norwegian keeper, but he eventually was bought by Tottenham and went on to win the FA Cup in 1991, becoming a firm favourite with the crowd as “Erik The Viking” in the process.

Steve Walford Defender who came up through the Spurs ranks and played one first team game before moving across North London to Arsenal, where he had a lot more opportunity to play in the first team.

Ernie Walley Played for Tottenham 55-58 making five league appearances and later went on to coach Arsenal for eight years in the 1970s.

Ernie Williamson Goalkeeper who played for Croydon Athletic (126 games) and Arsenal (105 games) before he played a single war-time game for Spurs in April 1917 against Portsmouth, for which Spurs were handed a five guinea fine, as they did not have permission from Arsenal for him to play.  On leaving Arsenal, he moved to Norwich City and made 47 first team appearances in two years before retiring in 1925.  Ernie died in 1964.

Willie Young Large central defender who joined Spurs from Aberdeen in 1975 and had a hard time in his two seasons at White Hart Lane (54 league appearances and three goals) before leaving to join up again with Terry Neill at Highbury in 1977, where he stayed for four years making 170 league appearances with a return of 11 goals.


Debuts against Arsenal

Art Rule 11.03.1899

Joe Walton 01.09.1903

John Brearley 01.09.1903

G. Montgomery 16.09.1901

Fred Webster 25.12.1911

Fred “Fanny” Walden 19.04.1913

John Tate 19.04.1913

Sammy Brooks 30.09.1922

Ernie Phypers 06.03.1935

Dave Dunmore 27.02.1954

Cliff Jones 22.01.1958

Laurie Brown 22.02.1964

Jimmy Pearce 10.08.1968

Peter Collins 10.08.1968

John Pratt 24.03.1969

Ray Evans 24.03.1969

Chris McGrath 13.10.1973

Paul Miller 10.04.1979

Paul Price 09.11.1983

David Leworthy 17.04.1985

Darren Caskey 16.08.1993

Sandro 21.09.2010

Steven Caulker 21.09.2010

Erik Lamela 01.09.2013


Last game for the club – against Arsenal

Tom Bradshaw 24.09.1899

Bob Cain 24.09.1899

Joe Cullen 24.09.1899

Bill Joyce 24.09.1899

Kenny McKay 24.09.1899

G. Montgomery 16.09.1901

James Freeborough 28.04.1906

Walter Tull 08.04.1911

Danny Steel 24.09.1912

Jimmy Chipperfield 11.04.1921

Arthur Sanders 07.04.1928

Davie Colquhoun 20.10.1934

Isaac Spelman 25.01.1940

Bill Whatley 22.04.1944

Harry Gilberg 08.01.1949

Ralph Wetton 04.09.1954

Mark Kendall 30.08.1980

Dave McDonald 11.05.1993

Neil Ruddock 11.05.1993

Pat van den Hauwe 11.05.1993

Sol Campbell 08.04.2001


First goal for the club – scored against Arsenal

Patrick Gilhooley 16.09.1901

John Barlow 04.11.1901

Alfie Warner 01.12.1902

Bill Felton 16.09.1933

John Pratt 16.09.1969

Alan Brazil 04.04.1983

Paul Gascoigne 10.09.1988

Nourredine Naybet 13.11.2004

Danny Rose 10.04.2010

Kyle Walker 02.10.2011


Last goal for the club – scored against Arsenal

Tom Meade 11.03.1899

Bill Joyce 29.04.1899

Tom Pratt 24.04.1900

Jabez Darnell 25.12.1911

John McTavish 25.12.1911

Jimmy Seed 18.12.1926

Bill Felton 16.09.1933

Albert Hall 16.02.1946

Eddie Baily 10.09.1955

Derek Possee 08.03.1966

Willie Young 27.12.1976

Chris Jones 07.04.1980

Gary Stevens 29.03.1986

Clive Allen 06.03.1988

Gheorge Popescu 02.01.1994

Jamie Redknapp 24.04.2004

Tom Huddlestone 20.04.2011


15.10.1963 Bill Brown’s 200th Spurs appearance.

11.09.1965 When Roy Low replaced Derek Possee, he became the first substitute used by Tottenham in a League match.

27.09.1975 Cyril Knowles’ 500th appearance for Tottenham in all competitions.

10.04.1979 John Pratt’s 300th match of his career.

29.04.1995 Colin Calderwood’s 600th match of his career.

08.04.2001 Glenn Hoddle’s first match in charge as Spurs manager

25.04.2004 Sol Campbell makes his 350th career League appearance.
Lauren makes his 100th Arsenal Premiership appearance.

Jens Lehmann makes his 50th appearance for Arsenal

13.11.2004 Jermain Defoe makes his 150th career League appearance.

29.10.2005 This was Tottenham’s 700th draw in top flight football.
Ledley King makes his 150th Premiership start – all for Spurs.

Jose Antonio Reyes makes his 50th Gunners Premiership appearance.

02.12.2006 Arsenal’s second goal was the 750th Spurs conceded in the Premier League.

21.04.2007 Cesc Fabregas makes his 150th appearance for Arsenal.

15.09.2007 Jermaine Jenas makes his 200th career league appearance (Nottingham Forest, Newcastle and Tottenham).
Gilberto Silva makes his 150th Premier League appearance.

Gael Clichy makes his 50th Premier League start for Arsenal.

22.12.2007 The 600th Premier League match for both clubs.
Jamie O’Hara makes his first start in a Spurs shirt.

29.10.2008 Robin van Persie scored his 50th Arsenal goal.
Manuel Almunia makes his 50th Premier League appearance for Arsenal.
Mikael Silvestre scored his first goal for Arsenal.

08.02.2009 Emmanuel Adebayor makes his 100th Premier League appearance – all for Arsenal.

02.10.2011 Rafael van der Vaart’s goal in this match was Tottenham’s 10,000th scored in all competitions.

26.02.2012 Emmanuel Adebayor’s goal made him only the second player to score for both sides in the North London derby after Jimmy Robertson.

17.11.2012 Per Mertesacker scored his first Arsenal goal.

03.03.2013 Spurs won their 200th home game in their 400th match in the Premier League at White Hart Lane. It was Tottenham’s 800th Premier League match.

07.02.2015 This was Arsene Wenger’s 700th game as Arsenal manager.
Harry Kane’s second goal was the 600th scored in the Premier League this season.

18.11.2017 Laurent Koscielny plays his 300th Arsenal match.

10.02.2018 The match attracted the record Premier League attendance of 83,222.

06.12.2020 Harry Kane scores his 100th home goal for Spurs and his 250th goal scored for clubs and country in his career.
With his 11th goal in matches between the two clubs, Kane became the highest scorer in this fixture.

26.09.2021 Nuno Espirito Santo took charge of a team for the 400th time in his career.


Transfers from Tottenham to Arsenal 


Sulzeer Jeremiah CAMPBELL July 2001 Bosman Free 

Narada BERNARD July 1999

Pat JENNINGS August 1977 £45,000

Steve WALFORD August 1977 £25,000

Kevin STEAD August 1977

Willie YOUNG March 1977 £80,000

Jimmy ROBERTSON October 1968 £55,000 (swap deal with David Jenkins)

Freddie COX September 1949 £12,000

George HUNT October 1937

Peter KYLE April 1906

David BLACK May 1898


Transfers from Arsenal to Tottenham 


William GALLAS August 2010 Free

Jamie O’HARA 1st July 2003 Free

Rohan RICKETTS July 2002 Free

Pat JENNINGS 1985 Free

David JENKINS October 1968 £55,000 (swap deal with Jimmy Robertson)

Laurie BROWN February 1964 £40,000

Ron PIPER  (Amateur) 1960

James BRAIN September 1931

Walter BUGG 1902

Tom MEADE May 1897

Tom HATFIELD September 1896

Lycurgus BURROWS October 1894