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Tottenham finally end 22-year hoodoo with win against Arsenal

Dele Alli and Kane celebrating

Tottenham Hotspur playing some brilliant attacking football, dispatching teams with utmost conviction and competing for the league title have been in unchartered territory for the club and its fans, especially for the past two generations of supporters. But after the decade-long wait to see the club once again rule the roost in English football is seemingly coming to an end thanks to Mauricio Pochettino and his men who are going from strength to strength with each passing season. And the Monday morning could usher the dawn of a new era in North London owing to the consequences of last evening’s derby result as the White Hart Lane outfit comfortably ran out as 2-0 winners over Arsenal. A devastating four-minute spell in the second-half saw Dele Alli and Harry Kane lead the Lilywhites to derby glory.

 

 

A derby win is never futile but it was even more so special for two reasons — one, as it was the last North London derby at White Hart Lane and second, the curse of St Totteringham’s Day finally coming to an end with Spurs assured of finishing above Arsenal for the first time in the Wenger Era.

 

WHAT IS ST TOTTERINGHAM’S DAY? 

Celebrated annually by Arsenal fans, it is was a concept created by an Arsenal fan site named ArseWeb back in 2002. It celebrates the day when Arsenal are mathematically certain of finishing above Spurs in the Premier League table. Mentions of St Totteringham’s day in the mainstream media began in 2010.

 

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME SPURS FINISHED ABOVE ARSENAL IN THE LEAGUE?

That was 22 years ago back in 1995 when Blackburn Rovers became the champions of England. Spurs finished 7th with 62 points and were the highest-placed London club in the final standings. The Gunners were 12th with 51 points at the end of the 1994/95 season which was their worst league finish in 19 years.

 

 

Both clubs underwent a change at the helm during the course of the season. While Tottenham had to show the door to club legend Osvaldo Ardiles in November 1994 and replaced him with Gerry Francis, Arsenal were forced to sack their highly popular manager George Graham in February 1995 after it emerged he had accepted a bribe from a Norweigan football agent to sign two of his clients for the club. Graham’s assistant Stewart Houston took over the reigns until the season end.

 

Neither club won any silverware that season. However, Arsenal did come within a whisker of defending their UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup crown, only to suffer a heartbreak in the final at the Parc Des Princes. A 40-yard lob from Real Zaragoza midfielder Nayim in the 119th-minute saw the Gunners lose the defence of the trophy. And to make the matters even worse, the Spaniard was a former Tottenham man having spent five seasons at White Hart Lane

 

HOW TWITTER REACTED AS ST TOTTERINGHAM’S DAY FINALLY CAME TO A HALT

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