Spurs v Arsenal Reserves Match Reports
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27.08.2021 Spurs looked like they were heading for a point at Hotspur Way against Arsenal until Marcel Lavinier was sent off.

The first half of this Premier League 2 match produced a few moments of excitement for Spurs, with Harvey White and Nile John have shots blocked, Brooklyn Foster-Lyons just failed to seize on a loose ball following a free-kick and Lavinier fired in from an angle with goalkeeper Hein gathering the ball. Kallum Cesay was well-placed to block an effort from Taylor-Hart just before the break.

The second half came to life four minutes in, when Alfie Devine tucked away White’s corner at the near post to put Spurs ahead, although the lead only lasted until the 58th minute, with Josh Oluwayemi saving well from Ogungbo before Taylor-Hart swept in Hutchinson’s cross.

Oluwayemi was on his toes to save smartly from Patino and the response from Tottenham was Jack Clarke sliding a pass through to Dane Scarlett, who hit the side-netting with his shot.  Lavinier received his marching orders for a second yellow card in the 59th minute and Spurs were then up against it, with Ogungbo firing over the top from close in on goal, but when Hutchinson pulled the ball back for Biereth, he missed it and the ball ran through to Taylor-Hart to score his second goal with 19 minutes remaining.

In the time left, Hutchinson hit the post and J’Neil Bennett had a couple of shots, but could not find an equaliser.

Teams :
Spurs –  Josh Oluwayemi, Marcel Lavinier    , Kallum Cesay, Brooklyn Foster-Lyons (c)  (Matthew Craig 88), Tobi Omole, Dilan Markanday (Maksim Paskotsi 69), Harvey White, Nile John , Dane Scarlett (J’Neil Bennett 79), Alfie Devine, Jack Clarke  .
Subs not used :  Adam Hayton, Marques Muir
Manager : – Wayne Burnett
Arsenal –  Karl Hein, Zane Monlouis, Mazeed Ogungbo, Zak Swanson (Joel Ideho 83), Omar Rekik, Gabriel (c) (Alex Kirk 46), Omari Giraud-Hutchinson  , Jack Henry-Francis, Mika Biereth, Charlie Patino, Kido Taylor-Hart (Salah-Eddine Ouland M’Hand 90+2)
Subs not used :   Hubert Graczyk, Ben Cottrell
Manager : – Steve Bould
Attendance : –   ,



14.04.2009 A strong Spurs side recorded a second win over Arsenal Reserves in just six days, with an old boy doing the damage.

The game began slowly with only a sixth header from Chimbonda easily saved by Szczesny, but the first proper action of the game happened in the 35th minute, with Alnwick throwing himself in the way of Watt’s shot after he was set-up by Randall and Thomas.   Spurs went close a minute after, when Jake Livermore struck a rasping drive from 25 yards out that flew just wide of the post.

Then, in the 28th minute, Jamie O’Hara passed the ball wide to Gareth Bale and he got down the left to cross to the far post, where David Bentley struck a wicked volley past Szczesny from about 15 yards out.  It was a stunning strike and it was one which was almost equalled ten minutes later, when Bale hit Bentley’s corner with real power, but the keeper managed to stop this one going in.  The Welshman was getting forward as often as he could and when Alan Hutton’s cross came to the far post, Bale rose to head at goal, but only found the keeper.

Just before the break, Livermore showed the defensive side of his game when he stopped Watt form turning to get a shot on goal from close range and came away with the ball.

The second half started much the same way as the first with Chimbonda testing Szczesny with another header from a corner and then, twenty minutes in the woodwork came to Arsenal’s rescue, with Bale hitting a free-kick over and hitting the inside of the upright before getting onto the rebound to find the outside of the side-netting.  Two minutes later, the left back was denied again by the post, as the ball thudded off the inside after beating the keeper all ends up with a shot across goal.

In the 69th minute, Szczesny was unable to do anything about the second Tottenham goal, which was thumped past him from 30 yards by a David Bentley pile-driver.  The Arsenal goalie did a bit better in the minute following the goal, as he denied Jacques Maghoma who had cut in from the right to hit a shot on goal.  Within a minute, Arsenal had pulled a goal back, when Alnwick almost stopped Watt’s close range finish from Sunu’s low cross.

The visitors were trying to get the equaliser their play hardly deserved and seconds after the goal, Thomas came inside Rocha and from six yards out missed the target as he pulled his shot into the side-netting.  Five minutes from the end, Fraizer Campbell almost wrapped up the win with a shot towards the top corner, but Szczesny reached up to knock it over the bar, but with the play at the Arsenal end, the game ended with the three points going to Tottenham.

Teams :
Spurs –   Ben Alnwick, Alan Hutton, Pascal Chimbonda, Ricardo Rocha, Gilberto, David Bentley, Jake Livermore, Jamie O’Hara, Gareth Bale, Kyle Fraser-Allen (Jacques Maghoma, 62), Fraizer Campbell
Subs not used :  David
Button, Cian Hughton, Takura Mtandari, John Bostock
Arsenal – 
Szczesny, Eastmond, Cruise, Frimpong, Bartley (Evina, 83), Ayling, Randall, Coquelin, Sunu (Freeman, 86), Watt (Afobe, 86), Thomas
Subs not used :  Obed, Shea
Attendance : –   ,



09.04.2009 Three goals saw Spurs Reserves record an exciting win over Arsenal at Underhill.  

A foul on Takura Mtandari gave Tottenham a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area for Gilberto to step up and curl past the Arsenal keeper to give Spurs the lead in the 11th minute.  Spurs continued to attack as their early first half superiority pushed Arsenal back into their penalty area.  When Cian Hughton took the ball from Arsenal midfielder Randall, he played in Ryan Mason, whose 18 yard shot was heading in but was kicked away by Shea’s foot. 

The home team had a chance from a free-kick when Randall was brought down by Gilberto, with Merida shooting just over the bar from the dead ball situation in the 34th minute.  Ten minutes later Bischoff floated a chip over the bar following Parrett losing the ball just outside the area and a minute later, Watt was put through by Bischoff, but Alnwick was out quickly to get something on the ball to take it over the top.

The Spurs keeper was also quickly into the action in the second half, denying Watt once more, as he pushed his header from Merida’s cross over the crossbar, but then Tottenham hit back when Jake Livermore put a pass through to Jacques Maghoma, who cut inside Eastmond to hit a fierce shot wide from just inside the box.

Ben Alnwick again came to Spurs’ rescue when Merida and Watt linked well to create a chance for the latter on the edge of the box, but the Tottenham goalie tipped it over the bar once more, with 56 minutes gone. 

Spurs increased their lead in the 68th minute, as a foul on Mason gave Spurs another free-kick on the edge of the area and the striker got up to curl his shot around the wall and into the net off the upright.

The lead became 3-0 in the 77th minute, as Livermore closed down Ayling and took the ball off him.  Running in on Shea, the midfielder coolly slotted his shot past the keeper to give Spurs a big lead.  The latter stages saw few openings, but Tottenham brought another save from the Arsenal keeper when a free-kick into time added on for stoppages saw Mason almost replicate his goal, but this time Shea got a touch on the ball, diving away to his right.

Teams :
Arsenal – 
Shea, Eastmond, Cruise, Merida, Bartley, Ayling, Randall, Frimpong, Watt (Sunu 66), Bischoff (Evina 66), Emmanuel-Thomas
Subs not used :  Coquelin, Dunne
Spurs – 
Alnwick, Hutton, Hughton, Livermore, Rocha, Gilberto, Mtandari, Parrett (Byrne 60), Fraser-Allen, Mason, Maghoma
Subs not used : 
Button, Asajile, Nicholson
Attendance : –   ,



07.04.2008 A quiet start to this Premier Reserve League match saw the game burst into life, with Tottenham having the best of the chances against their local rivals at Barnet FC. The first real chance of the night resulted in Tomas Pekhart sliding home Jacques Maghoma’s cross in the 11th minute at the far post.

A mis-placed pas by Maghoma almost let Armand Traore in, but his shot was deflected away by Dorian Dervite, then Tommy Forecast was called into action to come out at Barazite’s feet and push his shot over the top.  It was in this period of pressure that Arsenal equalised through Traore’s thunderous 30-yarder that gave the Spurs keeper no chance.

Seven minutes after the break, the same player could have given the home side the lead, but he skewed his shot well wide, but this was the last real opening Arsenal created.  Tottenham began to press on and Pekhart flicked the ball on to Maghoma, how was up-ended by Traore, but the referee did not see it as a foul in the area.  Danny Rose was becoming quite influential and his pass to Simon Dawkins saw it flicked over the head of a defender, then shot low at goal, only for Fabianski to smother it with a low dive.  That was ten minutes after the interval and a minute later, Jake Livermore’s low ball in saw Pekhart’s shot bounce off the goalie and the follow-up by the striker was heading for the bottom corner of the net until Hoyte kicked clear.

With twenty minutes left, Fabianski made another good diving save to deny Gilberto’s drive after a Dawkins back-heel put him in on the corner of the box.  Arsenal’s only other notable effort was a long range Barazite effort that was always rising over the bar, as Dervite tried his luck from 20 odd yards and a defender got enough on the block to take the ball out of play.  In the last ten minutes, there was one last chance for Tottenham, when David Hutton played Livermore in on the edge of the box, but the midfielder’s effort flew wide and the two teams settled for a point apiece.

Teams :
Arsenal – 
Fabianski, Rodgers, G Hoyte (Steer 68), Dunne, Nordveit, Djourou, Barazite, Ogogo, Fonte (Cruise  59), Sunu (Watt 59), Traore
Subs not used :  Mannone
Spurs – 
Forecast, Gunter, Gilberto, Livermore, Archibald-Henville, Dervite, Maghoma, Rose, Pekhart, Dawkins (Mtandari 89), Obika (Hutton 71)
Subs not used : 
L Butcher, Hughton, Smith
Attendance : –   ,



22.01.2007 Spurs eased to a comfortable away win at Barnet FC over Arsenal. Spurs played downhill in the first half and it took nearly 20 minutes before they threatened the home goal.  Charlie Lee fed Adel Taarabt, who exchanged passes with Andy Barcham before hitting a drive just wide.  Within two minutes the Frenchman had opened up the right side of the Arsenal defence and picked out Mark Yeates with his cross, leaving the impish striker the simple task of nodding past Vito Mannone into the Arsenal goal.

Jamie O’Hara and Barcham went close to adding to the score, as did Reto Ziegler, whose shot from the corner of the penalty area fizzed goal-wards with Mannone unsure of his bearings.  The home side’s striker Mark Randall stung Ben Alnwick’s hands with a volley and Jay Simpson went around the Spurs keeper and shot at goal just before half time, but Leigh Mills recovered to head away the effort.

Alnwick’s punched clearance just after the break fell to Randall, who hit a volley that the Spurs goalie did well to get back into position to keep out.  Ten minutes into the second half, Kieran McKenna played in O’Hara from inside the penalty area and the midfielder drilled home Tottenham’s second.

Arsenal were given a lifeline when the referee awarded a penalty after adjudging Phil Ifil to have fouled Giogos Efrem and Simpson coolly converted the spot-kick, but the referee ordered a retake and this time Alnwick guessed right and kept it out.  Alnwick had a fine game, producing a diving stop to deny Nacer Barazite.

With Henri Lansbury being sent off for a second yellow card offence, Spurs saw out the game with a controlled display of possession football, but carved out an opportunity to release McKenna to hit a last minute goal past Mannone.

Teams :
Arsenal – 
Mannone, G. Hoyte, Rodgers, Ogogo, Dunne, Lansbury, Barazite, Efrem, Randall, Simpson, Steer.
Subs not used :  Szczesny, Parisio, Lokando, van den Berg, Murphy
Spurs –  Alnwick, Ifil, Ziegler, Mills, Lee (c), McKenna, Yeates, O’Hara, Barcham, Taarabt, Daniels (Pekhart)
Subs not used :  Forecast, Martin, Hughton, Fraser-Allen
Attendance : –  1,792



27.02.2006 Premier Reserve League South (Home).  Click here for a match report.


10.10.2005 Premier Reserve League South (Home).  Click here for a match report.


18.04.2004 Premier Reserve League South (Home).  Click here for a match report.


15.03.2004 Premier Reserve League South (Home).  Click here for a match report.


21.03.2003 Premier Reserve League South (Home).  Click here for a match report.


01.05.2001 Spurs took the points from this reserve meeting with Arsenal with a single Dave McEwen goal.

A first half performance by the Spurs midfield gave them control of the game and took the lead in the 11th minute when Matthew Etherington’s cross was met at the near post by McEwen and his effort beat Alex Manninger at his post.  Spurs continued to hold the ball well and Piercy and Etherington moved the ball around well.

The visitors rallied in the second half, with Jermaine Pennant lively throughout, but apart from Walker’s save from Danielivicus, there was little too worrying for the Spurs defence to deal with, while the physical battle between Yannick Kamanan and Ben Chorley heated up, with the Frenchman getting past the Arsenal defender with his strength, before Chorley chopped Kamanan down and got booked for it.  Piercy forced Manninger to save before he was substituted and the game petered out with a more than comfortable Spurs victory the outcome.

Teams :
Spurs –   Walker, Consorti, Lacy, Hillier (cpt) (Quilter 73), Toner, Piercy (Snee 85), Jackson, Etherington, McEwen, Ferguson, Kamanan
Subs not used :  G. Kelly, di Guiliantonio, Vedeux
Arsenal –  Manninger, Canoville, Chilvers, Demel (Ricketts 60), Chorley, Upson (cpt), Mendez, Lincoln, Danielivicus (Thomas 71), Barrett, Pennant (Osei-Kuffour 60).
Subs not used :  S. Taylor, Aliadiere
Attendance : –  ,



26.01.1991 Spurs failed to show the derby spirit and went two goals behind in the first half, both from dead ball situations, as Arsenal went on to win 0-3.  

A more clinical finishing performance might have seen Spurs come back into the match in the second half, as chances were made, but none were made to pay and without having a shot on goal from open play, Arsenal got a third, when Ollie Morah fouled Arsenal substitute Neil Heaney in the box for the third goal to come from the spot.

Teams :
Spurs –  Walker, Statham, Polston, Tuttle (Young 35), Hendon, Garland, Edwards (Gilzean 45), Morah, Hendry, Howells, Robson
Subs not used :
Arsenal –   , , , , , , , , , , (Heaney).
Subs not used :
Attendance : –  ,



12.01.1980 Spurs Reserves drew a Football Combination meeting with Arsenal Reserves’ 2-2 at White Hart Lane.

A goal from Mark Falco and a penalty from Stuart Beavon ensured a share of the points.

Teams :
Spurs – Paul A
llies, Giorgio Mazzon, Terry Naylor, Gary O’Reilly, John Lacy, Stuart Beavon, Micky Hazard, Paul Grayling, Mark Falco, Garry Brooke, Peter Taylor

Sub. not used :
Arsenal –  .
Sub. not used :
Attendance : –   ,



01.09.1979 Highbury hosted Arsenal Reserves’ Football Combination match with Spurs Reserves, with Tottenham running out 3-0 winners.

Despite being in the ascendancy for most of the game, there was no score in the first half and Spurs had to wait until shortly after the restart to take the lead through Gerry Armstrong.  A drilled shot from the edge of the box from Stuart Beavon made it 2-0 via a slight deflection on the way and a neat move down the left wing provided Armstrong with a second goal, headed in as the game neared the end.

Terry Naylor made his return form injury and came through without any reaction, enjoying some banter with the home fans who were brave enough to have a good-natured go at Meathook !

Teams :
Arsenal –  .
Sub. not used :
Spurs – Mark
Kendall, Terry Naylor, Peter Southey, Giorgio Mazzon (Garry Brooke), Ricky Villa, Tony Galvin, Micky Hazard, Gerry Armstrong, Stuart Beavon, Paul Grayling
Attendance : –   ,



04.09.1971 This Football Combination meeting away at Arsenal Reserves ended with Spurs Reserves 3-0 winners.

Goals from Ray Clarke, Terry Naylor and Roy Woolcott saw Spurs sweep aside Arsenal’s Reserves.

Teams :
Arsenal –  .
Sub. not used :
Spurs – 
Terry Lee, Ray Evans, Eddie Jones, Terry Naylor, Peter Collins, Phil Holder, Jimmy Pearce, Graeme Souness, Ray Clarke, Roy Woolcott, Roger Morgan
Sub. not used :
Attendance : –   ,



27.03.1971 A goal-less draw was the result for Spurs Reserves in this Football Combination game with Arsenal Reserves at Highbury.

Teams :
Arsenal –  .
Spurs – 
Hancock, Evans, Want, Bunkell, Dillon, Naylor, Cutbush, Pearce, Souness, Woolcott, Holder, Morgan
Sub. not used :
Attendance : –  ,



05.09.1970

A Football Combination defeat at home to Arsenal saw Spurs lack direction to make their possession count.

Without a finish to good build-up play, Tottenham were hit by a strong Arsenal reserve eleven.  Halfway through the first half, winger Peter Marinello scored the first goal for the visitors and when it looked like Roy Woolcott had pulled Spurs level, it was wiped out for an infringement.  Late on Marinello made it 2-0, leaving Spurs no opportunity to get back into the game.

Teams :
Spurs –  Barry Daines, Ray Evans, John Collins, Ray Bunkell, John Pratt, Dennis Bond, John Cutbush, Neil Johnson, Roy Woolcott, Phil Holder, Jimmy Neighbour

Sub. :
Arsenal –  , , , , , , , , , , , Peter Marinello.
Sub. :
Attendance : –   ,



09.10.1965 Losing the first game of the season, Keith Weller’s goal was not enough against an experienced Arsenal side, who won the match 4-1.

Teams :
Spurs –  Pat Jennings, Tony Want, Embery, Phil Beal, A. Smith, Lye, Keith Weller, Roy Low, Frank Saul, Jordan, Bobby Smith. 

Sub. not used :
Arsenal –  .
Sub. not used :
Attendance : –   ,



28.12.1963 Spurs came out on top in the meeting in the Football Combination at Highbury, with a 4-0 score-line. With goals from Derek Possee, Roger Smith,  Les Allen and Frank Saul, Tottenham enjoyed some post-Christmas cheer over their opponents.

Teams :
Arsenal –  .
Spurs –  John Hollowbread, Ken Barton, Ron Henry, Phil Beal, A. Smith, Ian Fusedale, Derek Possee, Gillingwater, Les Allen, Frank Saul, Roger Smith
Attendance : –   ,



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Teams :
Arsenal –
Spurs –
Attendance : –   ,