Five classic North London Derby’s

Five classic North London Derby’s

Last update: 11 July 2020 Tags: Arsenal, Spurs. Categories: Premier League, Featured.

Tottenham host Arsenal in the first North London Derby at their new stadium.

The rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham has produced some of the fiercest and exciting matches of all time.

To celebrate this legendary clash here is a rewind of some of the greatest North London Derby games.

May 1971: Tottenham 0 Arsenal 1  

In this title deciding match Arsenal went into the game one point behind league leaders Leeds United.

Arsenal needed a 0-0 draw or a win to take the title but a scoring draw would have given the Championship to Leeds.

For this tense thriller 51,992 fans crammed into White Hart Lane whilst a further 50,000 fans were locked outside.

Spurs were determined to deny the Gunners the title, holding them off for most of the game.

Ray Kennedy’s late header in the 88th minute clinched Arsenal the title.

In the 1970/71 season Kennedy was Arsenal’s top goal scorer with 19 goals, playing 41 out of 42 league matches.

The Arsenal supporters invaded the pitch at the end to celebrate their newly won Championship at their arch rivals ground.

This was the Gunners first title since 1953.

Arsenal competed the double that Saturday, beating Liverpool at Wembley in the FA Cup Final.

December 1978: Tottenham 0 Arsenal 5:

Arsenal destroyed their rivals in their biggest post war win over them, giving the Gunners an early Christmas present.

Spurs hosted the first North London derby since they were promoted back to the First Division, after spending a year in the Second Division.

This was Pat Jennings first game back at White Hart Lane after transferring to Arsenal.

Tottenham had two World Cup winners in the Argentine duo Ricky Villa and Osvaldo Ardiles but this wasn’t enough to stop rampant Arsenal.

Alan Sunderland scored a hat trick and goals from Liam Brady and Frank Stapleton completed the rout.

Sunderland went on to score the winner in the FA Cup Final the following May.

Brady’s wonder strike was the highlight of the match beating the Spurs goalkeeper with a spectacular curling shot from outside the box.

Arsenal finished the season in seventh, four places above Tottenham.


April 1983: Tottenham 5 Arsenal 0

Tottenham got their revenge back on Arsenal five years later thumping them 5-0 in one of their most fondly remembered derby victories.

It was a memorable match for Spurs as it remains their biggest victory over their rivals but one to instantly forget for Arsenal fans.

Ahead of this Easter Monday clash Tottenham were one point ahead of Arsenal.

Over 43,000 fans packed into White Hart Lane which was Tottenham’s highest attendance of the season.

Spurs stunned Arsenal early on leading 3-0 within 18 minutes.

Full back Chris Hughton scored twice, Alan Brazil got his first goal for the club while Mark Falco scored a stunning volley in the 13th minute.

Tottenham went on to finish fourth in a period where they were out performing the Gunners who finished tenth.

The following year Tottenham beat defending champions Anderlecht on penalties to lift the UEFA Cup.

May 2004: Tottenham 2 Arsenal 2

In this legendary clash Arsenal once again won the league at White Hart Lane in a hostile environment.

This North London Derby was a passionate and feisty encounter as Arsenal only needed a point to claim the Championship because Chelsea lost to Newcastle in an earlier kick off.

Still unbeaten Arsenal were closing in on becoming ‘The Invincibles’.

Captain Patrick Vieira put Arsenal in the lead within three minutes with a wonderful goal.

Arsenal were 2-0 up at half time with Piers scoring for the third successive season at White Hart Lane.

Jamie Redknapp’s goal in the second half provided hope for Tottenham.

In stoppage time Jens Lehmann was penalised for a foul on Keane whose late penalty earnt Spurs a point.

However, Tottenham’s efforts were not enough to deny Arsenal the Championship.

Arsenal secured their place in history becoming the first team since 1888 not to lose a game in a top fight campaign.

October 2008: Arsenal 4 Tottenham 4

In one of the most memorable Premier League games in the 2008-09 season Tottenham earnt a thrilling point against Arsenal.

Going into the game Spurs were in the relegation zone.

The Emirates hosted Harry Redknapp’s first match as Tottenham manager.

Robin Van Persie’s free kick in the 68th minute put Arsenal 4-2 ahead, appearing to have secured the three points but Tottenham fought back to force a draw.

Aaron Lennon’s injury time equaliser stunned Arsenal in a mighty comeback.

Tottenham remained bottom of the table.