The year was filled with many thrills and spills for Spurs. We’ve capped off the ten most distinctive moments of the season – whether good or bad – after a tough period of selection. We hope you enjoy them! Leave us your top ten in the comments below!
1) Gareth Bale moves for World Record fee
On September 1st, an awful day for Spurs which included the North London defeat to Arsenal, saw the club confirm that Gareth Bale had departed and had become the most expensive player in world football history. It came as no surprise to Spurs fans after a summer of ups and downs, rumours and speculation. We had lost the man we all adored and spent every penny on a new squad. Gareth left us with many memories including some of our top ten moments.
2) AVB sacked as manager
On December 16th, the club confirmed that it had sacked Andre Villas-Boas, the day after a 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool. Much like the Bale departure, it came as no surprise to Spurs fans that AVB had left. The season was in a downward spiral and tempers were high from all aspects of the club’s support – both upstairs and in the terraces. AVB always stated that he wanted to win trophies with the club but it wasn’t to be. Tactically he tried to live up to his mentor, Jose Mourinho and it failed him. He wasn’t ready for Chelsea and he wasn’t ready for Spurs. We wish him all the best going forward.
3) Summer Spending
On August 31st, Tottenham Hotspur had completed quite possibly, the most historic transfer window in Premier League history, having spent over £100million. The Gareth Bale money was put to great use as Spurs broke their transfer record three times completing the signatures of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela. As mentioned, Lamela became the clubs most expensive ever signing at £30million and joined a host of big names. The summer saw executive changes also as Franco Baldini joined as the clubs director of football. The summer also saw many exiting the Lane with noticeable names including Huddlestone, Parker and Caulker who had all been popular at the club. It was a big change that saw the mighty Spurs take a whole new spin on transfers. Our favourite had to be the capture of Christian Eriksen – a firm favourite with ourselves for many years.
4) Highest Ever points score
On 19th May, Spurs narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification after beating Sunderland 1-0. The season concluded the clubs first under AVB and saw them take many a win (many using the magic of Gareth Bale). The club took new heights and many a last gasp winner as the conquered the Old Trafford hoodoo to claim their first three points against the Champions for 21 years. The season saw us conquer and draw with big names at the Lane and on our travels including some memorable away performances (at Stamford Bridge) and many unfortunate ones. The season saw us break our all time Premier League points tally, achieving 72, just one short of our North London rivals.
5) Old Trafford victory (Not technically 2013 but too good to miss)
On 29th September, Tottenham ended their 23-year wait for a victory at Old Trafford as they held on to take the points against Manchester United in a pulsating encounter. The game saw Spurs take the lead early with Jan Vertonghen blasting through the United team to strike an effort that deflected into the net off of Jonny Evans. Just half an hour, Gareth Bale doubled Tottenham’s lead. He burst through the midfield and made a fool of Rio Ferdinand by skipping past the defender to smash the ball right across the box and into the goal. Sours couldn’t believe their luck and as Spurs do, they found themselves conceding to Nani on the 51st minute. However as if by magic, Clint Dempsey popped up just a minute later to power home the parried Gareth Bale effort to put Spurs 3-1 up. United tempted to change that with Kagawa netting a minute later however Spurs held on to secure the points and rewrite the history books. This saw one of the first classic AVB celebrations also.
6) Seven minutes of magic against City
On the 21st April, Spurs conducted a memorable victory against title contenders Manchester City, fundamentally handing the title to their Manchester rivals, Untied. Spurs were behind quickly and found themselves behind as the result of former Arsenal midfielder Sami Nasri. However, on the 75th minute of time, Clint Dempsey continued his fine form against Manchester sides to tap home the ball from the excellent Gareth Bale cross using the outside of his boot. Just 4 minutes later, Spurs took the lead. Lewis Holtby found Jermain Defoe who continued his run to the left of the City area, only to cut inside and curl an effort into the bottom corner. White Hart Lane was jubilant but there was more action to come. The seventh minute of wonder was concluded at the hands of Gareth Bale who wanted his own share of the action. The Welshman picked up the Tom Huddlestone through ball to chip Joe Hart and make it 3–1. The result was massive in the push for top four and one of the best turn arounds in the 2012/13 season.
7) Mousa Dembélé’s last gasp goal against Lyon.
On the 21st of February, a fabulous long-distance strike from Mousa Dembélé in the dying minutes booked Tottenham a last-16 Europa League tie against Inter Milan. The first leg had seen a marvellous display from both sides, Gareth Bale scoring not one, but two freekicks and Samel Umtiti of Lyon scoring arguably the goal of the competition. However, in the return leg, Spurs went 1-0 down thanks to Gonalons and looked all but out, considering Lyon had 2 away goals. However, with seconds remaining, Mousa Dembélé captured Spurs fans hearts with his magnificent effort to put us through. Although sixth in our list, this moment was right up there for one our best ever Spurs moments.
8) Gareth Bale’s winner at Upton Park
On the 23rd February, Gareth Bale captured a memory that many will cherish for years. After taking the lead through the Welshman inside quarter of an hour, Spurs found themselves 2-1 down with half an hour remaining and on the verge of an upset at the hands of their London rivals. However the appearance of Gylfi Sigurdsson helped even things up with just 14 minutes remaining as the Icelander scored his first Spurs Premier League goal. So with dying moments, AVB threw everything forward making sure that Spurs would not drop points. And the moment we were all waiting for arrived. Gareth Bale took the ball from youngster Tommy Carroll and rifled an unbelievable long range effort into the top corner. The celebrations were wild as the Welshman ran to his mentor AVB and hugged emphatically.
9) Emmanuel Adebayor’s one man performance vs. Chelsea
On the 8th May, Spurs took to Stamford Bridge in AVB’s return to Stamford Bridge since his sacking. Spurs took a point however that was far from the spectacle of the day as Emmanuel Adebayor returned to produce quite possibly the best solo performance of the campaign (even though Bale could stake a claim for doing so on numerous occasions). His stunning goal from the edge of the Chelsea area stunned the stadium and showed the class and skill that Adebayor had forgotten for most of the season. He had finally returned to a state that we were familiar with – having seen him flourish under Harry Redknapp. The spectacular goal was made even sweeter when the forward performed an amazing volleyed flick to Gylfi Sigurdsson who’s goal put the sides level.
10) North London Derby win
On the 3rd of March, Tottenham completed an exciting North London Derby at the Lane as victorious. The game carried a lot of hope an expectation considering earlier in the season, the Gunners overcame Tottenham 5-2 for the second year running. The players knew the weight of the fans was on their shoulders and they did not disappoint. The first came just before half time as Gareth Bale latched into the through ball to curl a shot using the outside of his foot into the net. The celebrations were wild as the Welshman screamed down the Sky Sports camera. The second (to cap off a 2-1 win) was followed not long after as Aaron a Lennon slipped through the Arsenal backline to round the keeper and tap home. The Lane went wild as Spurs had overcome the Woolwich travellers.