KARL WHITEHOUSE LOOKS AT THE HISTORY OF WOLVES V TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
The first meeting of the two clubs was on the 1st September 1908 at White Hart Lane in Division 2 in front of 20,000 fans, the game finished in a 3-0 win for Tottenham.
The first meeting of the two clubs in Division 1 was 28th August 1933 at White Hart Lane in front of 20,953 and the game finished 4-0 to Tottenham, this was their first meeting after getting promoted from Division 2 as champions in 1931-1932 season.
The first meeting in the FA Cup was on the 23rd April 1921 which was a final which was played at Stamford Bridge in front of a crowd of 72,805 and the score was 1-0 to Tottenham. It was held at Stamford Bridge as there was no national football stadium to hold the finals at this time.
The first meeting in the League Cup was in Round 2 on the 3rd September 1969 at Molineux in front of 34,017 fans, the game finished in a 1-0 win for Wolves.
The first meeting in the Premier League was on the 6th December 2003 at White Hart Lane in front of a crowd of 34,825 and the score ended in a 5-2 win for Tottenham. The scorers for Tottenham were Robbie Keane with a hat-trick, Frederic Kanoute and Stephane Dalmat and the scorers for Wolves were Paul Ince and Alex Rae.
Wolves Team Sheet was Oakes, Irwin, Butler, Craddock, Naylor, Cameron, Ince, Kennedy, Rae, Camara, Blake and subs used were Sturridge and Miller and the manager was Dave Jones.
MOST RECENT MEETING
The latest Premier League meeting was on the 4th March 2023 the game finished 1-0 to Wolves and was played at Molineux.
The latest meeting in the FA Cup was a 4th Round tie replay. After a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane the teams met again for the replay on 7th February 1996 at Molineux. This game ended in a defeat for Wolves with Tottenham winning the game 2-0 in front of a crowd of 27,846.
The latest meeting in the League Cup was 22nd September 2021 in the 3rd Round at Molineux in front of a crowd of 28,798. The tie ended in a 2-2 result, there was no extra time the game went straight to penalties with Tottenham winning the game with a score of 3-2.
The biggest League win Wolves have against Tottenham was a 6-2 win in Division 1 on the 19th January 1935 at Molineux in front of a crowd of 28,209, the manager in charge of Wolves was Major Frank Buckley.
The biggest Premier League win Wolves have had against Tottenham was a 3-1 win which was played at Wembley when Tottenham relocated whilst their new ground was built. There was a crowd of 46,356, Wolves were 1-0 up at half time and went on to make it three in the 2nd half. Goal scorers were Boly, Jimenez and Costa.
This was Wolves first visit to Wembley since the 29th May 1988 when they won the Sherpa Van Trophy against Burnley.
The team that played that day was Patricio, Bennett, Boly, Doherty, Coady, Dendoncker, Jonny, Neves, Traore, Cavaleiro, Jimenez and subs used Costa, Moutinho and Gibbs White. Manager of Wolves was Nuno Espírito Santo.
The biggest defeat for Wolves against Tottenham was in Division 1, on the 27th March 1965 at White Hart Lane in front of a crowd of 25,974. The final score was 7-4 to Tottenham.
The biggest defeat in the League Cup for Wolves v Tottenham was a 2-1 defeat at Molineux in the semi final 1st Leg in front of a crowd of 28,327.
The biggest FA Cup defeat for Wolves v Tottenham was 3-0 win for Tottenham in a semi final replay after the original game ended 2-2 on the 11th April 1981. The original game was played at Hillsborough in front of a crowd of 50,174 and the replay played 4 days later on the 15th April 1981 in front of a crowd of 52,539 at Highbury.
The biggest defeat in the Premier League has been already been mentioned as the first meeting of the two sides.
MATCH OF THE DAY
The game that was nearest to the upcoming fixture between the two sides was played on the 14th November 1964 and the game finished 3-1 to Wolves where it was played at Molineux.
Do You Remember?
1972 UEFA Cup Final
1972 saw the first all English UEFA Cup final between Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur. There were two legs the first taking place 3rd May 1972 and the second shortly after on the 17th May.
The first leg finished 2-1 with goals from McCalliog for Wolves and Chivers scoring a brace for Tottenham. However the game is remembered for the referee, Tofik Bahramov; he was the man who awarded Geoff Hurst’s World Cup Final goal in 1966.
Wolves Team first leg was: Parkes, Munro, Shaw, Taylor, McAlle, Hegan, Hibbitt, McCalliog, Wagstaffe, Dougan, Richards and Substitutes are Arnold, Parkin, Daley, Curran and Eastoe. Manager Bill McGarry
The 2nd Leg of the final was played at White Hart Lane finishing 1-1 in front of a crowd of 54,303 with Tottenham winning 3-2 on aggregate. Tottenham scorer was Mullery in his last game for Tottenham before moving to Fulham in the summer and Wolves scorer was Wagstaffe.
Wolves team for the 2nd leg was unchanged from the first with two subs, Bailey coming on for Hibbitt and Curran coming on for Dougan.
A Little More History
Wolves 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0 10th February 2010 at Molineux
This game was played just after the 2-1 defeat by Birmingham City, manager Mick McCarthy made just one alteration to the starting line up bringing in Adlene Guedioura in place of Michael Mancienne and this change made a difference to the Wolves side.
Eidur Gudjohnsen who was making his debut for Tottenham threading a pass to Jermain Defoe and his flick found Nico Kranjcar and took a shot from 12 yards only for Hahnemann to save the shot.
Wolves started to get into the game and it took 27 minutes for Matt Jarvis who was operating on the wide left to put in a cross towards David Jones who side footed first time into the back of the net to open the scoring for Wolves.
Wolves were hardly tested in the 2nd half of the game with Spurs limited to Wilson Palacios late effort which was the only shot on target in the 2nd half of the game.
Wolves Team: Hahnemann, Berra, Foley, Zubar, Craddock, Ward, Guedioura, Henry, Jarvis, Jones, Doyle. Substitutes: Hennessey, Elokobi, Mancienne, Milijas, Mujangi Bia, Ebanks Blake, Vokes.
Wolves Manager: Mick McCarthy
Tottenham Team: Gomes, Bassong, Kaboul, Dawson, Huddlestone, Bale, Bentley, Jenas, Kranjcar, Defoe, Gudjohnsen. Substitutes: Alnwick, Corluka, Walker, Modric, Palacios, Crouch, Pavlyuchenko.
Tottenham Manger: Harry Redknapp
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Premier League Stats
- There has been 18 Meetings between the two sides.
- Wolves have won 6 times with 2 home wins and 4 away wins.
- Tottenham have won 9 times with 4 home wins and 5 away wins.
- Wolves has scored 22 Goals and Tottenham has scored 29.
- There has been 104 Meetings between the two sides.
- Wolves have won 31 times.
- Tottenham have won 52 times.
- There have been 21 draws.
Last 6 Matches
27th December 2020 Wolves 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 at Molineux
16th May 2021 Tottenham Hotspur 2 Wolves 0 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
22nd August 2021 Wolves 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 at Molineux
13th February 2022 Tottenham Hotspur 0 Wolves 2 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
20th August 2022 Tottenham Hotspur 1 Wolves 0 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
4th March 2023 Wolves 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0 at Molineux
PLAYING FOR BOTH TEAMS
Matt Doherty Joined Wolves in 2010 from Bohemians who was signed by Mick McCarthy stayed at the club 10 years made 302 league and cup appearances for club and scored 28 goals and then went and signed for Tottenham in 2020 by Jose Mourinho and left the club on the 31st January 2023 to join Atlético Madrid made 71 appearances and scored 3 goals. Spent 6 Months at Atletico Madrid made 2 appearances and Has rejoined Wolves for the start of the 2023-2024 season and has made 7 appearances scored 2 goals to this date.
Jamie O’Hara played for Tottenham and Joined Wolves initially on loan to start with and then joined Wolves in a permanent deal made 43 appearances and scored 2 goals for the club.
Hans Segers played for Wolves and Tottenham made 11 appearances for Wolves and 1 appearance for Tottenham and then later became the goalkeeping coach at Tottenham where he worked with Martin Jol until 2007.
Stefan Iversen moved from Tottenham to Wolves in 2003 after been at Tottenham for 7 years and just spent one year at Wolves then returned back to Norway to play for Valerenga and made 16 appearances and score 4 goals.
Allan Nielsen Joined Wolves on loan from Tottenham in 2000 where he made 7 appearances for the club scored 2 goals.
Andy Sinton Played for Tottenham 1996-1999 made 83 appearances scored 6 goals and Played for Wolves 1999-2002 made 71 appearances scored 3 goals.
Robbie Keane was another player to play for Both Tottenham and Wolves he started his career at Wolves in 1997 until 1999 where he made 73 appearances scored 24 goals and then joined other clubs in his career and then went in 2002 from Leeds United to Tottenham until 2008 in his first spell at the club made 197 appearances scoring 80 goals and then later on in his career rejoined Tottenham for a second spell in 2009 until 2011 where he played 41 games scored 11 goals.
Dean Richards was another player to play both for Wolves and Tottenham he signed from Bradford in 1995 initially on a loan deal which was turned into a permanent deal in the same year made 122 appearances scoring 7 goals and then left in 1999 to go into the premier league with Southampton for 2 years until he signed for Tottenham by Glenn Hoddle in 2001 and stayed there 4 years playing 73 games scoring 4 goals.
Gordon Smith another player who played for both Tottenham and Wolves he played for Tottenham for 3 years from 1979 to 1982 after signing from Aston Villa and went on to make 38 appearances scoring 1 goal and then he left in 1982 to Join Wolves where he played there until 1984 where he made 38 appearances scored 3 goals.
The first player to move from Wolves to Tottenham was Goalkeeper Tommy Lunn who played for Wolves from 1904 to 1909 and made 129 appearances and then went on to move to Tottenham in 1909 to 1912 and made 86 appearances for Tottenham.
Harry Marshall was another player who played for both clubs he played for Wolves in 1927 until 1930 where he played 52 games scored 13 goals and then went onto play for Port Vale from 1930 until 1932 made 55 appearances scoring 6 goals and then went on to play Tottenham for 1 game in 1932.
Cyril Spiers was another player who played for Both Wolves and Tottenham spent 5 years at spurs between 1927 and 1933 playing 158 games in goal and then joined Wolves in September 1933 eventually then became the assistant manager at Wolves.
Darren Anderton Played for Tottenham 1992-2004 made 299 appearances scored 34 goals and he made his debut against Southampton on the 15th August 1992 and played for Wolves 2005-2006 made 24 appearances scored 1 goal and he made his debut on the 24th August 2005 against Chester in the league cup.
Sebastian Bassong Played for Tottenham 2009-2012 made 45 appearances scored 2 goals and made his debut against Liverpool and played for Wolves in a loan spell until the end of the season from Tottenham on the 31st January 2012 citing he wanted first team football and made his debut against QPR and only made 9 appearances for the club.
Nathan Byrne Began his career at Tottenham 2010-2013 and never made a first team appearance for the club and Joined Wolves in 2015-2016 made 24 appearances scored 2 goals and made his debut against Brighton in a goalless draw.
Jamie Clapham Began his career at Tottenham 1994-1998 and made one league appearance which was on the 11th May 1997 in a 2-1 defeat against Coventry City and in August 2006 went and signed for Wolves and was there until 2008 and made 26 appearances for the club.
Tom Huddlestone Played for Tottenham 2005-2013 made 144 appearances scored 13 goals and his first appearance for the club was against Fulham on the 31st January 2006 and also spent a few months loan spell 2005-2006 at Wolves made 13 appearances scored 1 goal which was against one of his former teams in Derby County.
Mark Kendall Played for Tottenham 1976-1980 made 29 appearances and made his debut for the club on the 4th November 1978 in a 2-2 against Norwich and played for Wolves from 1986-1990 made 147 appearances and was part of the side that won back to back promotions and lift football league trophy and set a clean sheet record of 28 set in 1987-1988 season.
Rohan Ricketts Played for Tottenham 2002-2005 made 30 appearances scored 1 goal and played for Wolves 2005 in a loan spell and then made permanently and stayed there till 2007 and made 61 appearances scored 1 goal.
Steve Sedgley Played for Tottenham 1989-1994 made 164 appearances scored 8 goals and played for Wolves 1997-2000 made 106 appearances scored 9 goals and stayed there until December 2000 and then retired from the game.
Paul Stewart Played for Tottenham 1988-1992 made 131 appearances scored 28 goals and made his debut against Manchester United and he missed a penalty in that game in stoppage time and had a loan spell with Wolves in 1994 and made 8 appearances scored 2 goals.
Other players who played for both clubs.
Dave Beasant, David Black, Sammy Brooks, Harry Crump, Ben Goodliffe, Harry Hargreaves, John Harris, John Holsgrove, Vinny Samways, Gordon Smith, Andy Turner.
PLAYED COACHED & MANAGED BOTH TEAMS
Glenn Hoddle has managed both Tottenham and Wolves where he managed Tottenham 2001 to 2003 where he was sacked and then he later managed Wolves 2004 to 2006.
Nuno Espírito Santo has managed both Tottenham and Wolves Nuno managed Wolves 2017 to 2021 where he had a successful time getting winning championship in the first year of his tenure with 2 games to spare to get promoted to the Premier League and then helped Wolves get a spot in the Europa League for the 2019/2020 season by finishing 7th 2018/2019 Premier league season and then guided them into the quarterfinals of the Europa League losing to Sevilla 1-0 and then stayed at the club until 2021 and left by Mutual Consent at the end of the season. Nuno then went onto to Manage Tottenham from June 2021 until November 2021 and lasted 17 matches and then was sacked by the club.
Colin Lee Played for Tottenham 1977-1980 made 62 appearances and scored 18 goals and made his debut for the club against Bristol Rovers where he scored 4 goals in a 9-0 win for Tottenham in a second division game and was at Wolves as assistant manager and then eventually became manager of the club after his caretaker spell began with a 6-1 win against Bristol City at Ashton Gate and was there from 1998-2000.
Bobby Mimms Played for Tottenham 1988-1990 made 37 appearances where he took over from Ray Clemence who had retired from the game and had more first team games than he had at his previous club Everton and started his coaching career at Wolves 2001-2008 where he worked as a goalkeeping coach.
ARTICLE BY KARL WHITEHOUSE
I have been a Wolves fan for over 30 years.
I have supported them both home and away games in the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s and now like looking into wolves games the stats behind the games they play in the premier league and also look other stats if asked by someone else in the podcast. I have also done the 92 football league grounds and shortly be doing a ebook about peoples favourite match they went to along with a match report and if possible stats from game