Spurs v Birmingham City Notes

16.08.2003 David Dunn scores the winner on his debut for Birmingham City.
First Premier League defeat to Birmingham City.

05.04.2003 First Premier league win for Spurs over Birmingham City

30.11.2002 First Premier league meeting between the two clubs


They are linked to both

John Acquroff A war-time player for Birmingham who played twice for Tottenham in 1945.

Darren Anderton Ten years at Tottenham, Anderton was released in 2004 and found a contract at Birmingham where he was taken on under a pay-as-you-play deal.

Arthur Archer Spent his formative years at Small Heath, getting promotion with them in 1900-1901 and then had eight games in friendlies and the London League for Tottenham between 1903-05 as a guest.

David Bentley Spurs winger, who went on loan to St. Andrews for five months at the end of the 2010-11 season.

Mark Bowen Played 20 times for Spurs between 1938 and 1987 before spending time at Birmingham as assistant manager to Steve Bruce.

Bob Cain At Tottenham from 1898-1899, making 69 appearances (!!), the hard tackling defender moved on as he was unhappy in London, moved back to Scotland and then played at Small Heath from October 1899.

Stephen Carr Played over 200 games for Tottenham before moving to Newcastle United and when injury hit, he retired, but resumed playing at Birmingham in their 2008-09 promotion season that saw them reinstated in the Premier League.

Michael Carrick Played a couple of game son loan to city from West Ham in 2000 before joining Spurs, where he spent two seasons and then moved to Manchester United.

Jamie Clapham Left back who played at St. Andrews, after making one substitute appearance for Spurs in 1997.

Stephen Clemence Played over 100 times for Tottenham and moved on to Brum to feature in their midfield for four years.  Left to join Leicester City in 2007.

Richard Cooke Flighty winger went on loan to Birmingham City in 1986 while at Spurs

Kevin Dearden Only getting two games at Spurs, keeper Dearden was loaned out to the Blues to get some first team experience.

Jose Dominguez Joined Birmingham in 1994, before returning to Portugal, where Spurs picked him up for £1.6 million from Sporting Lisbon in August 1997.  The tiny winger made 58 appearances with 42 of them coming from the subs bench.

Jack Elkes With City in 1918 as a forward, he joined Spurs after leaving City and played for six years (1923-1929)

Hossam Ghaly Signed by Spurs from Feyenoord, the Egyptian midfielder did reasonably well having joined his compatriot Mido, but throwing his short to the floor after being substituted in a match against Blackburn Rovers in 2007 spelled the end of his Tottenham career.  Was set to join Birmingham City for £3 million, but a training ground row with then manager Steve Bruce meant that it fell through.  Left to play in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Belgium later in his career.

Grant Hall Spent a loan spell at Birmingham City in 2014 after the young defender was signed by Tottenham from Brighton & Hove Albion.  Made four appearances before being sent back to Spurs in January 2015 and left White Hart Lane without playing a first team match to join QPR and later Middlesbrough.

Joe Hart Another loanee at St. Andrews when he was at Manchester City, playing 36 times in the 2009-2010 season.  Later in his career he joined Tottenham when released by Burnley as back-up for Hugo Lloris.

Ian Hendon Four loan games for the defender with the Blues in 1994.

Cian Hughton Developed through the youth system at Tottenham and made the reserves before leaving in to join Lincoln City in 2009, but relegation two years later saw him released by The Imps.  Had a number of trials before being offered a short term contract at Birmingham City, then managed by his Dad Chris.  Did not get to appear for the first team and was let go at the end of the 2011-12 season.  

John Jones Inside forward who started at Small Heath, moved on to Bristol Rovers and ended up at Tottenham, where he played from 1902 to 1904, when he died at the age of 29 of typhoid.

Johnny Jordan Inside forward who left Spurs to join Juventus, but only stayed seven months before returning to England with the Blues.

Stephen Kelly Defender who made 44 appearances (37 in the league) and scored two league goals for Spurs before signing for Birmingham for £750,000 in June 2006.

Dave Mackay Legendary Spurs skipper later became Blues manager from 1989-1991.

Jacques Maghoma Another who had worked his way through the Tottenham Academy, making the reserves before being released in 2009.  Signed for Burton Albion, then Sheffield Wednesday before joining Birmingham in 2015.  Spent a successful five years at St. Andrew becoming a popular figure with the fans, but was let go and he move to India to play for East Bengal in 2020.

Jack Munns Midfielder came through the Spurs Youth system and couldn’t break into the first team set-up, so was allowed to find a club in 2013, Birmingham City one of the clubs he tried out at before signing for Charlton Athletic. Later played at Cheltenham Town, Hartlepool United, Dagenham & Redbridge and Dover Athletic.

Peter Murphy Goal-scoring forward who is notable for clashing with Bert Trautmann in the 1956 FA Cup Final, accidentally breaking his neck.

Gary O’Reilly Central defender who learned his trade with Tottenham, making 73 appearances for the club, Gary O’Reilly moved to Brighton and then Crystal Palace, from where he spent a little while on loan at Birmingham City in 1991, playing a single game.  Returned to Brighton, where he finished his career before having a media career.

Wilson Palacios Tigerish Honduran midfielder Wilson Palacios made his name with Wigan Athletic before Spurs signed him for £12 million in 2009.  In 2007, on the recommendation of Arsene Wenger, he spent six months on loan at St. Andrews, but manager Steve Bruce left at the end of the season for Wigan Athletic and Birmingham passed on his signing, with Bruce taking him to the Latics. 

Gary Poole Released by Spurs in 1987, the defender went on to play at Brum for three seasons.

Sir Alf Ramsey A defender of note at Tottenham, winning consecutive  titles in 1950 and 1951.  Was invited to act as manager at Birmingham and later as a Director of the Midlands club.

Isaiah Rankin Much travelled forward, who was on Spurs’ books as a junior.  Signed for Arsenal, but moved around through many clubs, including a loan at Birmingham City in 2000 while at Bradford City.  Scored four goals in 13 games before returning to Valley Parade.

Vinny Samways Midfielder who was loaned to Birmingham after he left Spurs, where he won an FA Cup winners medal in 1991.

Teemu Tainio Finnish midfielder who won the League Cup with Spurs in 2008 was loaned to Birmingham from Sunderland for the 2009-2010 season after leaving Tottenham.

Pat van den Hauwe Hard man defender who had starred for City as a youngster, starting as an apprentice in July 1976 and staying until 1984 and joined Tottenham from Everton in 1989.  Another in the 1991 FA Cup winning team. 

Tony Want Right back who was at Spurs from 1967 to 1972 before going to Birmingham to get more first team action.


Debuts against Birmingham City

Bob McDonald 01.05.1920

Frank Hartley 14.04.1923

Cecil Poynton 29.12.1923

Albert Evans 27.08.1927

Arthur “Darkie” Lowdell 27.08.1927

Jimmy Armstrong 31.12.1927

Percy Austin 31.12.1927

Ronnie Dix 26.08.1939

Les Bennett 31.08.1946

Ted Ditchburn 31.08.1946

George Foreman 31.08.1946

Andy Keeley 20.10.1976

George Mazzon 10.01.1981

Rohan Ricketts 16.08.2003

Helder Postiga 16.08.2003


Last game for the club – played against Birmingham City

Bob Hewitson 20.03.1909

Jimmy Cantrell 21.04.1923

Jimmy Ross 05.01.1924

Percy Austin 31.12.1927

John Acquroff 06.10.1945

George Skinner 31.08.1946

Johnny Jordan 01.05.1948

Eddie Gibbins 09.03.1953

Micky Dulin 11.09.1957

Jim Iley 11.04.1959

Jose Dominguez 30.10.2000

Younes Kaboul 01.03.2008


First goal for the club – scored against Birmingham City

Sam Bell 13.04.1935

Les Bennett 31.08.1946

George Foreman 31.08.1946

Mike Dillon 06.02.1974

Stephen Kelly 02.04.2005


Last goal for the club – scored against Birmingham City

Tom Clay 25.12.1925

Mike Dillon 06.02.1974

John Chiedozie 16.04.1986

Graham Roberts 29.10.1987

Stephane Dalmat 17.01.2004

Sebastien Bassong 04.12.2010



17.04.1976 Trevor Francis hits the second goal for Birmingham City in this match and it was the 2,000th away goal ever conceded by Tottenham in the league.

14.10.1978 Alberto Tarantini makes his debut for Birmingham City.

23.03.1982 Steve Perryman makes his 500th League appearance for Tottenham.

05.04.2003 Andy Marriott makes his debut in goal and concedes a clanger when Keane nips in to take the ball off his foot and roll it into an empty net.

07.01.2004 Tottenham’s 450th Premiership match. Gary Doherty makes his 50th League appearance for Tottenham.

02.04.2005 Andy Reid makes the 150th League appearance of his career.

02.12.2007 Aaron Lennon makes his 100th career league appearance (Leeds and Tottenham).

Darren Bent makes his 200th career start in club football (Ipswich, Charlton and Tottenham).

Michael Dawson also makes his 200th start in club football (Nottingham Forest and Tottenham).

Stephen Kelly makes his 50th league start in a Birmingham shirt and Fabrice Muamba makes his 50th start for Blues.

Alex McLeish takes charge of the Blues for the first time.

01.03.2008 The win gave Birmingham City their 50th in the Premier League.

04.12.2010 Stephen Carr makes his 450th club appearance.

22.05.2011 Ledley King makes his 300th appearance for Tottenham.


Transfers from Birmingham City to Tottenham

Name Date Fee


Transfers from Tottenham to Birmingham City

Name Date Fee

Peter MURPHY January 1952 £20,000

Tony WANT June 1972 £50,000

Stephen CLEMENCE January 2003 £900,000

Stephen KELLY 2006 £750,000 (cond. rising to £1,250,000)