1990–91 Tottenham Hotspur F.C. season

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Tottenham Hotspur
1990–91 season
Chairman England Alan Sugar
Manager England Terry Venables
Stadium White Hart Lane
First Division 10th
FA Cup Winners
League Cup Quarter-final
Top goalscorer League:
Gary Lineker (13)
All:
Gary Lineker/Paul Gascoigne (19)

During the 1990–91 English football season, Tottenham Hotspur competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

Tottenham's league form was average at best: having stood in third place after 17 games, the club won only three of their next 21 league matches,[1] slumping to tenth place in the final table. The club had better luck in the FA Cup: after defeating London arch-rivals (and that season's eventual champions) Arsenal in the semi-final, they defeated Nottingham Forest 2-1 in the final. As well as giving Tottenham their first post-Heysel European campaign (in the Cup Winners' Cup) and ending the club's seven-year trophy drought, the FA Cup win made Tottenham the first club to win the trophy eight times, although this record has since been surpassed by Arsenal and Manchester United.

The only downside of the FA Cup triumph was an injury to star midfielder Paul Gascoigne, who ruptured his cruciate ligaments in a tackle on Forest fullback Gary Charles early in the first half. The injury would put his transfer to Italian side Lazio on hold until the 1992–93 season. Gascoigne had earlier scored a tremendous free-kick in the 3–1 win against Arsenal in the semi-final (Gary Lineker scored Tottenham's other goals, with Arsenal's Alan Smith scoring Arsenal's goal).

Kit[edit]

The FA Cup final saw Tottenham debut a longer style of shorts as part of their kit. Although the long shorts were ridiculed at first, within the decade all clubs in English football would have adopted the style.

Squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[2][3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Kevin Dearden
England GK Ian Walker
Norway GK Erik Thorstvedt
England DF Justin Edinburgh
England DF Ian Hendon
England DF Terry Fenwick
England DF Gary Mabbutt (captain)
England DF Mitchell Thomas
England DF Dave Tuttle
Wales DF Pat Van Den Hauwe
Republic of Ireland DF David McDonald
Iceland DF Guðni Bergsson
England MF Paul Allen
England MF Peter Garland
England MF Paul Gascoigne
No. Position Player
England MF Danny Hill
England MF Scott Houghton
England MF David Howells
England MF John Moncur
England MF Vinny Samways
England MF Mark Robson
England MF Steve Sedgley
England MF Paul Stewart
Spain MF Nayim
England FW Gary Lineker
England FW Paul Moran
England FW Paul Walsh
Scotland FW John Hendry
Northern Ireland FW Phil Gray

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Bobby Mimms (to Blackburn Rovers)

Reserve squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England DF Neil Smith
England MF Nick Barmby
No. Position Player
England FW Ollie Morah

Results[edit]

Results courtesy of Topspurs[4]

Pre-season[edit]

First Division[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Home teams listed first
  • Round 3: Blackpool 0–1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • Round 4: Tottenham Hotspur 4–2 Oxford United
  • Round 5: Portsmouth 1–2 Tottenham Hotspur
  • Round 6: Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Notts County
  • Semi-final: Tottenham Hotspur 3–1 Arsenal (at Wembley Stadium, London)
  • Final: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Nottingham Forest

League Cup[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Out[edit]

References[edit]