The Chelsea – Tottenham Rivalry in a Nutshell (written by JD and not me)

28 Sep

“Tottenham away…”

18 October 2012 at 11:32


Tottenham away…


“We hate Tottenham…”   And they hate us.   So, where did it all start ?


Is it a North London V West London thing ?


An anti-Semitic thing ?


Many old-timers will say that Spurs nicking Jimmy Greaves, via his bizarre 12-game stint in Milan, was the catalyst.  A Chelsea Hero taken to The Dark Side.


Others will tell you that Chelsea taking the appalling Mark Falco on loan in 1982 was the tipping point, even if it was only for three games.


Or that it’s because Bruce Forsyth is a Tottenham fan.


Many Chelsea supporters will cite the 1967 FA Cup Final, the Cockney Cup Final. The players fell out with the Chelsea board, and to an extent, Tommy Docherty, the week before the game over their ticket allocation. And it showed. A 2-1 defeat.

Desmond Hackett wrote in the Daily Express :

“I enthused that this would be a joyous, knees-up, knocked-’em-in-the-Old-King’s-Road affair…Unhappily, Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Chelsea was as sedate as a tea party at Buckingham Palace.”

The Tottenham fans weren’t bothered and made the most of it and it was too much to take for many Chelsea supporters.


At the next meeting of the clubs, in November 1967, the Chelsea boys turned up ready for action.

It is thought that this fixture inspired the “’atches and ‘ammers” verse of “My Old Man…”.



The League Cup Semi-Final in 1971, over two legs was a feisty meeting.

 At The Bridge on December 22nd, Chelsea won 3-2, with Ossie giving the Tottenham fans in the North Stand a two-fingered salute after opening the scoring. Fantastic.

 Chris Garland scored his first goal for Chelsea, with Hollins getting the winner from the penalty spot with 5 minutes to go.

 At White Hart Lane, two weeks later, Garland scored again, and Alan Hudson scored a freak goal from a fiercely disputed free-kick over by the corner flag, a 2-2 draw seeing Chelsea get to Wembley.


Then there was Tottenham V Chelsea on 19th April, 1975.

Chelsea were in free-fall.  Tottenham weren’t much better. Both sides needed to win to climb away from the relegation zone.

Eddie McCreadie had made Ray Wilkins, age 18, Captain, for the day, and gave Teddy Maybank, also 18, his debut. John Sparrow, only 17, also played.  He dropped Hollins and Houseman.

It didn’t work out for Chelsea…we lost 2-0.

51,000 were there that day, many of whom resembled warring Bay City Rollers as they fought on the pitch before the game.

Spurs fans will say that that game relegated Chelsea. It didn’t. Drawing the remaining two home games relegated Chelsea.


The FA Cup quarter-final, March 1982.



Full house…Spurs couldn’t shift all their tickets…


We had Alan Whicker and pretty British Airways stewardesses in football kits to try to lighten the mood of the crowd.  

It failed.


Chelsea in Division Two…Tottenham in the First…Mick Fillery and Alan Mayes both had their finest Chelsea moments.

We lost 2-3. 

Pandemonium in the Fulham Road.



“The Gordon Durie Game”…September 1993. 

One-time hero Durie had said that he wanted to go north to forward his career, intimating Glasgow Rangers was the destination. The bastard got off at Seven Sisters.

That afternoon he never came near the Chelsea end and didn’t touch the ball.  Judas.


“We won 6-1 at The Lane…”   December, 1997…1-1 at half time…Flo got a hat-trick, and even Mark Nicholls scored that day.


January 2002 – 2-1 up from the first leg of the League Cup semi-final, Chelsea should have strolled to Wembley. Instead, we got battered, not helped by the incompetent Mark Halsey sending Hasselbaink off, after Melchiot had, perfectly understandably, slapped the obnoxious Teddy Sheringham.



A few weeks later, one of the best ever, spontaneous Chelsea songs was born as we won 4-0 at The Lane…”Normal service is resumed…”  Superb.


Then there was the FA Cup quarter-final replay in March 2007, after the 3-3 draw at The Bridge.

This was arguably Sheva’s finest moment, even if he was wearing gloves.

This was also the night that a Spurs fan invaded the pitch to try and attack Frank Lampard, only for half the team to take it in turns to clump him.  Teamwork.




The League Cup Final 2008 has been deleted from my memory, and replaced by last season’s sublime 5-1 FA Cup semi-final victory.  The one where there was a bomb-scare at the Tottenham end with a quarter of an hour left.



Other reasons to hate Tottenham : The walk from Seven Sisters tube station, Alfie Conn, Paul Miller, Gary Lineker, Vinny Samways, Teddy Sheringham, Mauricio Taricco, and of course, Chas and Dave.




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