Over the years Spurs’ various youth and Academy sides have recorded some fantastic high scoring victories. Some more recent than others, while some will be too long ago for most Spurs supporters to remember. In the following short piece I will be looking back at five high scoring (not necessarily the highest scoring victories ever) that Spurs’ various youth/Academy sides have achieved in fairly recent history. Although I must say that these games that I am looking back on are only the highest scoring victories for Spurs’ youth sides that I have heard of, but there probably are higher scoring wins if you look back through all of the club handbooks.
Spurs Under 18’s 9-0 Arsenal: The final competitive Spurs Under 18 game of the 2017/18 season was a Premier League South North London Derby with Arsenal, at Hotspur Way. The Arsenal team was by no means their strongest, as they had an important FA Youth Cup fixture to play that same week, meaning that they fielded a team consisting of first year scholars and schoolboy footballers. However, Spurs, who were then managed by Scott Parker, were absolutely unplayable on the day. With the likes of Oliver Skipp, Jamie Bowden, Dilan Markanday and Reo Griffiths all having brilliant games on the day. Centre-forward Reo Griffiths was actually directly involved in seven of Spurs’ goals against Arsenal (four goals and three assists). The following season (2018/19) Spurs and Arsenal were involved in a very competitive Premier League South title race.
Spurs Under 18’s 9-0 West Ham United: During the early stages of the 2018/19 Premier League South season, Spurs’ Under 18 side made the short trip to Little Heath to face West Ham United. It was to be their second competitive 9-0 win in less than a year, as Spurs (managed by Matt Wells) put in an outstanding performance, with their passing game proving too much for West Ham. Centre-forward Troy Parrott led the line really well and scored two deserved goals, while Jamie Bowden provided great creativity in midfield. However, it was a great team performance, and we could easily have scored over ten goals on the day, as that’s how good Spurs were going forward.
Spurs Under 18’s 10-0 Boldmere St. Michaels: Going back to 1994, Spurs were involved in a second round FA Youth Cup tie with a team from the English Midlands – Boldmere St. Michaels. Spurs were at home for the game, and they comfortably won 10-0. In the Spurs starting line-up that day were future first team players Stephen Carr and Stephen Clemence. Also playing was the talented Peter Gain, Kevin Maher, Mark Arber and Ross Darcy, as Spurs progressed into the next round of the prestigious youth competition.
Spurs XI 11-0 Canvey Island: A youthful Spurs XI (basically a youth team) took on Canvey Island’s first team in an away friendly back in the 2006/07 pre-season. Spurs won 11-0, as Lee Barnard scored four goals and Charlie Daniels scored an 18 minute hat-trick in what was a very impressive team performance from the youthful Spurs team. Also playing was Jamie O’Hara, who had an influential game, Jake Livermore, Jacques Maghoma and current Spurs Under 18’s head coach Stuart Lewis.
Spurs Youth XI 14-0 Metropolitan Police Cadets: A 14-0 FA Youth Cup first round tie win over Metropolitan Police Cadets in the November 1966 surely has to be one of Spurs’ biggest ever victories at youth/Academy level. Playing for Spurs on that day were future first team players John Collins, Ray Evans and Tony Want, in what must have been the highest scoring Spurs win that the Spurs supporters who were there on that day must have ever witnessed.