|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
Our other 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.
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