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Mind the gap: Throwback to when Spurs finished above Arsenal in the Premier League

Aaron Ramsey in action

Tottenham Hotspur sit 17 points ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League table and with 4 games left to play and it is mathematically impossible for Arsenal to leapfrog Spurs this time. With their 2-0 home win against Arsenal yesterday, they stamped their authority over their fellow north-London rivals. This season Spurs have been in exceptional form with them being the only team to challenge Chelsea for the title. Spurs fans can rejoice as this time their joy won’t be cut short come the end of the season.

Let’s look back at the last Spurs XI that finished above Arsenal back in the 1994/95 season when Spurs finished at 7th position with 11 points ahead of their north-London rivals who finished 12th.

  1. Ian Walker (Goalkeeper)

Walker started out as a trainee for Tottenham Hotspurs and after two loan spells in 1990 he went on to be the number one goalkeeper for Spurs. He made 260 first-team appearances for them before he moved on to Leicester City in 2001.

  1. Colin Calderwood (Defender)

Colin was a defender who came to Spurs in 1993 from Swindon Town having already made 330 appearances there. He scored 7 goals for Spurs during his 162 appearances for the club.

  1. Gary Mabbut (Defender)

He was one of the best-known defenders of his time and is the 2nd longest serving player for Spurs.

  1. Stuart Nethercott (Defender)

Stuart was seen as the long-term successor to an ageing Gary Mabbut but had fallen out of favour in the first-team in 1998.

  1. Justin Edinburg (Defender)

He was usually deployed as a left-back. He joined Spurs initially on loan in January and then permanently in July. In his 215 appearances for the club, he scored only one goal.

  1. David Kerslake (Defender)

That completes the defence. Yes, way before Chelsea, Spurs tried a back five. He made 135 appearances for them scoring the only goal in that time.

  1. Darren Anderton (Midfielder)

Made 299 appearances for Spurs, scoring 36 goals. Was renowned as a player of huge potential but his playing career was marred by frequent injuries.

Darren Anderton celebrates

19 Aug 2000: Darren Anderton of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates his goal during the FA Carling Premiership match against Ipswich Town at White Hart Lane in London. Spurs won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Phil Cole /Allsport

  1. Gerry McMohan (Midfielder)

Along with Anderton completed the midfield but his chances at White Hart Lane were limited with only 16 appearances with a majority of them coming in the second of the 94/95 season.

  1. Teddy Sheringham (Forward)

Jürgen Klinsmann, who partnered Sheringham during the 1994-95 season, was later quoted as claiming that Sheringham was the most intelligent strike partner he had ever had. Had a successful start to the club by being the premiership’s top goalscorer in its inaugural season.

  1. Andy Turner (Forward)

Started his playing career with Spurs after being a trainee under the club. Made 21 appearances for the club from 1994-96, scoring 4 goals in that period.

   11. Jürgen Klinsmann (Forward)

Spurs bought Klinsmann from AS Monaco for the 1994-95 season and he went on to score 21 in his debut season. He may have fallen quite often on the ground but Spurs fell to their knees after they signed him.

Here’s an interesting timeline of events that have taken place since Spurs achieved a higher position than Arsenal in 1994-95.

1996 – Computer programming language Java released its first version.

1997 – First Harry Potter Book Is Released; Princess Diana dies in car crash

1998 – I was born in January 😛

1999 – HIV Virus Traced to Chimpanzee Subspecies.

2000 – Concorde crashes near Paris killing 113 people.

2001 – 9-11 US under attack. World Trade Centre collapses killing 3000 people.

2002 – East Timor becomes a new nation.

2003 – U.S. Led Iraq War Succeed, Saddam Hussein Captured.

2004 – Facebook was found by Mark Zuckerburg. has more than 1 billion users active every month

2005 – Liverpool FC came back from 3-0 down at halftime against AC Milan in the final to win their 5th champions league trophy.

2007 – Apple released the I-Phone

2008 – U.S elects its first black President, Barack Obama

2009 –  Michael Jackson, the “King of pop” dies at the age of 50

2010 –  Russia wins its bid as host for the 2018 World Cup, while Qatar secures the host duties for the international soccer tournament in 2022.

2011 – U.S. troops and CIA operatives shoot and kill Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a city of 500,000 people that houses a military base and a military academy.

Osama Bin Laden shoots

395348 02: Saudi-born terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden is seen aiming a weapon in this undated photo from Al-Jazeera TV. (Photo by Al-Jazeera/Getty Images)

2012 – The 2012 Summer Olympics open in London.  Michael Phelps wins his 19th Olympic medal, becoming the winningest Olympic athlete of all time. He surpassed the record held by Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina.

2013 – Nelson Mandela dies at age 95, after a lung infection and several months of ill health

2014 –  The 2014 general election begins in India. The election is scheduled to run until May 12, making it the longest election in the history of India. Facebook buys Whatsapp for 19 billion US dollars

2015 – Microsoft launches its latest operating system – Windows 10

2016 – Britain exit EU after the referendum. Leicester City win the premier league title after returning to the top flight of English Football in 2014, 10 years after being relegated back in 2004.

2017 – Donald Trump is sworn in as the President of the United States.

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