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Once Upon a time

By davep
September 26 2005

We’ll start this week with a really silly bit of Trivia. When Jimmy Neighbour played Left wing for Spurs Reserves against Fulham Reserves his opposite number for Fulham went by the name of Barry Friend. Friends and Neighbours – Geddit. We’ll start this week with a really silly bit of Trivia. When Jimmy Neighbour played Left wing for Spurs Reserves against Fulham Reserves his opposite number for Fulham went by the name of Barry Friend. Friends and Neighbours – Geddit. Oh well never mind, on with the serious part of this article and past meetings and links between Fulham and Tottenham.

Fulham have only ever won two League games at White Hart Lane (Including the 3-0 of August 2003) in all the League matches going back to our first Football League meeting at the Lane on 29th April 1909 when Vivian Woodward scored the only goal in a 1-0 win in front of 22,000 supporters.

We had played Fulham before that and our first ever home game was a London League match on 21st September 1903. We won that one 2-1 with goals from John Cameron (who went on to manage Spurs) and John Henry Kirwan. Kirwan was Spurs first Irish international and while at Spurs he scored 97 goals in 342 games, 23 of those came in the FA Cup. He moved from Spurs to Chelsea in 1905 and featured in their first league match. After retiring from playing in England and Scotland he took up coaching in Holland and then at Livorno in Italy.


Looking at the list of players that have featured for both sides there is of course names such as Steve Archibald and Alan Mullery (and John Lacy) but I thought I would pick on two namesakes. I’ll start with Raymond Leslie Evans whom some of you may remember (Lets have your recollections please). Full Back Ray Evans made 136 League appearances for Tottenham after coming through the Apprentice system. He turned Pro in May 1967 as we won the FA Cup and made his senior debut against Arsenal in March 1969. He missed out on the 1971 and 1972 League cup finals and the 1972 UEFA cup final but he did play in the 1974 UEFA Cup Final. After the arrival of Terry Naylor, Ray moved to Millwall in 1975 and from there to Fulham in 1977. After leaving Fulham he had spells in the NASL with St. Louis Stars and California Surf returning to Stoke City before returning Stateside to help Seattle Sounders reach the Superbowl Final. He retired in 1984 and as far as I know he still coaches in America where he now lives.

A few years before that, William Evans was a star at Tottenham Hotspur scoring a goal almost every two games, 96 in 203 first team matches. Born in Waunllwyd near Ebbw Vale in November 1912 he went to the same primary school as two other Spurs players Taffy O’Callaghan and Bill Whateley. A former Pit Lad he played for Spurs two nursery clubs (Haywards Sports and Northfleet) and served a loan spell at Cardiff City in 1930 before turning professional for Spurs in May 1931. He made his debut against the club he supported as a boy, Swansea Town (they weren’t a City then) in November 1931 and scored twice in a 6-2 win. He left Spurs after a bad injury in 1936 and joined Fulham but never played a game for them retiring in 1938 at 26 years old. He gained 6 caps for Wales and scored one goal and in later years he was a reporter for the Daily Mirror.


Fulham, a club that many have a soft spot for, and if you are at Craven Cottage and the game is a bit dull, at least you can turn round and watch the boats messing about on the river. But it could all have been so different.had property developer Henry Norris, who was Chairman at Fulham from 1906, taken a different course of action. He saw no potential future in Fulham and proposed a merger with Woolwich Arsenal early in 1910. The Football League would not allow this but Norris was determined to build a huge London club (An early day Abramovich) to take on the North and London rivals Spurs having won the FA Cup in 1901 were the only team that up until then had challenged the Northern dominance of the professional game. Norris saw options in Woolwich and in 1910 took control of the SOUTH LONDON side while they were in liquidation. He then moved them to North London, bribed the league and the rest they say is history – only it’s more than that to us true North Londoners isn’t it.










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