Memory Lane – Remembering Jimmy Pearce’s superb goal against Crystal Palace, in a First Division fixture in 1969:

This particular fixture between Spurs and Crystal Palace, was the first meeting between the two sides since 1945, when they met in the old Football League South. This fixture took place at Selhurst Park, in the early stages of the 1969/70 season, in front of over 39,000 supporters, and it would end in Spurs winning 2-0, with goals from Jimmy Pearce and Martin Chivers winning the game for Spurs. However, it was one particular goal from forward Jimmy Pearce, which will have stood out for the fans who were in attendance at the game. It wasn’t a goal from long distance, nor was it a goal with great build-up play. Instead it was a goal scored with a really fine piece of skill from the boyhood Spurs supporter, Jimmy Pearce. After Alan Gilzean had latched onto a loose ball in midfield, the former Scotland international went forward with the ball before passing it to Pearce, who was just inside the Crystal Palace penalty area, on the right side of the box.

Jimmy Pearce’s first time effort on goal was quite sublime. He hit the ball with power, with the outside of his boot, and although it initially looked as if it might go wide of the goal, it had such swerve on it, that it nestled into the bottom left corner of the Crystal Palace goal. It left the goalkeeper with no chance of saving it, as the ball was struck so well and with such swerve on it. It was one of a number of fine goals that Jimmy Pearce scored during his Spurs career.

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