|With the club out of the
Milk Cup, FA Cup and in mid-table mediocrity in the
League, the crowds at White Hart Lane began to dip. The
Sunderland home match, which had been originally
scheduled for FA Cup Fourth Round day, was re-arranged
for Wednesday 8th February and only 19,327 bothered to
turn up on what was admittedly a bitterly cold evening.
Those that did make the effort were rewarded with a rare
Steve Perryman goal and the biggest home league win of
two goals in a 3-0 victory were scored by Steve
Archibald, taking his tally to fifteen for the season.
The visit of Leicester City on the following Saturday saw
a better attendance of just under 25,000. The crowd
enjoyed a second successive three goal-haul and victory.
However, on this occasion the winning margin was only
3-2, our winner from Archibald arriving only six minutes
from time. The visit to struggling Notts. County seven
days later didn't capture the imagination of the local
public as only 7,943 turned up. Those that stayed away
probably had the right idea as the game ended 0-0. Tony
Parks, still deputising for the injured Ray Clemence,
kept his fifth clean sheet in ten games.
The run of games against
clubs in the lower regions of Division One continued with
Birmingham's visit to White Hart Lane on the last
Saturday of February. An awful Spurs performance resulted
in a 1-0 defeat, Mick Harford scoring the Blues winner.
The crowd was only 23,564. Spurs ended the month ninth in
the table. Liverpool, Manchester United and Nottingham
Forest were at the top of the First Division . Wolves
were the bottom side, with Notts County and Stoke City
immediately above them. Out of the running in the
domestic competitions, Tottenham were still in with a
chance of winning the UEFA Cup, which was due to restart
again, following the winter break, at the beginning of
March, with Spurs drawn against Austria Memphis at the
Quarter Final stage.