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Classic Encounters: Spurs '63

A fan's recollection from a famous victory over Tottenham.

Classic Encounters: Spurs '63

Games against Tottenham Hotspur always seem to be memorable.
 
Last season proved the point when two injury-time strikes from Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic grabbed a dramatic win from under the Londoners' noses at Goodison Park.
 
It's a fixture that gets the mind racing and recalling countless top-flight encounters from years gone by.
 
Ahead of next Saturday's meeting at Goodison, we decided to look back at one of them in particular - with a little help from a fan who was there...
 
Saturday 20 April, 1963 - Everton 1-0 Tottenham
 
Picture the scene; the Blues are third in the First Division, level on points with, but holding an inferior goals average to, Tottenham. Leicester City sit top by a solitary point having played one game more.
 
Everton only have six games of the campaign left to play.  Two successive losses in March had dented their chances of landing the title but an unbeaten start to April has put them well and truly back on track.
 
The game against Spurs would therefore be massive - and it remains one a then-15-year-old Paul Myers remembers to the finest detail.
 
"I will never forget the atmosphere," the now 67-year-old told evertonfc.com. "The weather wasn't great, but there was over 67,000 there that day.
 
"Tottenham had won the double two years previously and every commentator and the London press were sure they were going to beat us.
 
"But we played some lovely football at that time and we probably never did get the credit that deserved.
 
"I was in the Family Park Stand, which is the Park End nowadays. It didn't look anything like it does now and it was pay on the gate. I got there at about one o'clock and watched the ground fill up for the next two hours.
 
"I'd been to my first game earlier that season and, after only seeing football previously on a black and white television, the thing that struck you was the sheer colour of the pitch and kits. It was magical as a boy.
 
"Tottenham had Jimmy Greaves in their side and he missed two great chances that day. But Alex Young didn't miss.
 
"Roy Vernon had a fantastic partnership with Alex and he floated in a cross that was perfect. Spurs had a big centre-half in Maurice Norman but Alex timed his jump well and headed in. The place went wild and the rest is history."
 
Indeed, that 1-0 victory put the Blues top of the table - a position they would not relinquish en route to securing the league crown on the final day of the season with a 4-1 win over Fulham.
 
The game against Spurs played a major part in deciding the destination of the title that term, giving it a deserved place in the annals of Everton folklore.
 
Will next weekend's meeting be as memorable? Be there to find out! Buy tickets for the clash online here or call 0871 663 1878.

Alternatively, visit the Park End Box Office, Everton Two in Liverpool One or Ticket Quarter in Queen Square.

Tickets are priced from £36 for adults and £18 for juniors.

Terry ConnorI am now 65 and still think that is the best goal I have seen at Goodison!!

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