Cocky’s Reserves Drop a Point Away 

Date: 19/09/1908 At The Nest

The Nest
An early Image of The Nest (not 1908)

Tottenham Reserves travel the 108 mile north to play on the newly created ground for Norwich City called “The Nest”.  The Nest has only been completed since the start of the season and is in an old quarry making it a very fascinating stadium to visit. This is the first visit of the Tottenham team to this ground and club in a competitive match and was widely looked forward to, even if it was a reserve fixture.

Tottenham come to Norwich on the back of four straight wins and are looking like a good prospect for the rest of the season, making two changes to the Team that beat Clapton Orient over a week ago on the 14th September with Gipps coming in for Bullock on the Left back position and Payne who picked up a nasty twisted ankle  in that match will be out for six weeks, his replacement is Norman A Wood who had played in two matches this season.  The rest of the Tottenham  team remains the same as they look to keep a consistent squad as they have been performing well over the last few weeks.

Norwich City 
Druce, French;
Swan, _____, Gunton;
Long, Church, G. Martin, Hunt, Pegg.

Tottenham Hotspur
Bull, Watt;
Leslie, Bentley, Gipps;
Woodruff, Massey, Morton, Wood, Ives.


The First half kicked off with Pegg on the left wing making a good run down the flank and whipped in a great cross at the end into the centre of the area with Church connecting with the Run but failed to hit the target, Tottenham responded likewise with Massey picking up the ball just outside the area and placing his shot wide of the goal in a good position to score.

 Tottenham came forward again on the left hand side and Ives forced a corner off Druce, Ives picked up the ball and took the corner himself and dropped the ball into the box with Gipps finally getting the shot off but failed to hit the back of the net and an escape for Norwich. Bentley gave the home side a free kick in a dangerous area which thankfully for the home side was cleared easily but went out for a corner and the resulting was cleared without an issue. An good attach from Norwich broke with Long and Church combining well leaving the backs for Tottenham looking at each other only by sheer luck watched the ball fall onto the top of the Net and out of play.

 Tottenham and Norwich battled it out end to end with corners being given at both ends, Tottenham’s Massey had a second great opportunity to open the scoring from such a corner by again failed to hit the target and Shot over the goal much to the delight of Beale. Both teams failed to find the net as the Half time whistle went with both backs being solid and able to break up any attack that the forwards pushed upon them.

Half Time: Norwich City Res: 0 Tottenham Hotspur Res: 0

The second half kicked off and it was the back and forth game that had been in the first half was seen in the second, but it was Tottenham that finally broke the deadlock.  Tottenham had moved forward well with the ball and Woodruff but in a great shot that was saved well by Beale and went out for a corner, the corner was taken and fell nicely for Leslie the Tottenham right back who put in a great shot that flew through the air with such speed that the custodian had no chance and had to pick the ball out of the net.

The Equaliser was something that Norwich would call fortunate and Tottenham a poor goal to concede. The match had only just kicked off when the ball was sent into the visitor’s area and a medley of boots and men seem to happen and the ball bounced all over the place, then finally hitting a Norwich Forward and agonizingly slowly rolled over the Tottenham goal line and it was one-one.

The final whistle went for full time with Tottenham dropping their first points of the season and would feel hard done by as the goal conceded was a soft one at best.

Full Time: Norwich City Res: 1 Tottenham Hotspur Res: 1