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Tottenham Hotspur


Division One
White Hart Lane
December 23, 1978

A boring old 'One-nil to the Arsenal' will do very nicely on Wednesday night but a trip to White Hart Lane should not be allowed to pass without reference to one of the greatest wins in North London derby history.

Terry Neill's side delivered an early Christmas present for their travelling fans with a stunning 5-0 win over their old rivals.

Spurs were back in the top flight in the 1978/79 season after a year in Division Two. They had shown plenty of ambition too, bolstering their ranks with the signings of Argentinian World Cup winners Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa.

But it was Arsenal, and in particular Liam Brady, who bossed the midfield as the Gunners dished out a yuletide feast for White Hart Lane's away contingent.

Alan Sunderland did the real damage with a hat-trick and Frank Stapleton was also on target. But Liam Brady stole the show with a spectacular, swerving effort from the edge of the box. "Look at that. Oh, look at that," squealed commentator John Motson as the ball flew into the top corner.

Neill's side went on to finish seventh, four places above Tottenham that season. And the result remains Arsenal's biggest post-war triumph at White Hart Lane.

In our FreezeFrame image, Arsenal's Pat Rice tussles with John Gorman of Tottenham. Rice, of course, will be on the bench at White Hart Lane on Wednesday in his capacity as Arsène Wenger's assistant manager.

Arsenal team: Jennings, Rice, Walford, Price, O'Leary, Young, Brady, Sunderland, Stapleton, Gatting, Rix.

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13 Apr 2010