Back in September 2014 we wrote a blog about Arsenal’s reserves beating Tottenham’s first team in 1970. Most Arsenal fans already knew about the time this happened in 1980.

However, at the recent Arsenal Supporters’ End of Year Event, whilst we were chatting to Martin Hayes he reminded us of yet another time that Arsenal’s reserves beat Tottenham’s first team. This game took place on 29 March 1983. The teamsheet is shown below, and that is how the teams lined up.

1983-03-29 Tottenham Hotspur (H) FC

To give you an idea of the difference in experience between the two teams, we’ve put together this table:


League Apps Age   Player League Apps Age




18y 10m



20y 2m



19y 2m



32y 4m




17y 0m



20y 1m



20y 0m



29y 0m




19y 4m



31y 7m



23y 3m



30y 7m




20y 5m



23y 1m



19y 7m



26y 6m




17y 0m



20y 3m



20y 4m



25y 5m




17y 8m



25y 0m



18y 5m



20y 2m



19y 3m



25y 4m


Former Arsenal apprentice Gary Lewin had been loaned in from Barnet as George Wood was the only fit goalkeeper at the club. None of the Arsenal players had any international caps, in fact most of them had no first team experience. It really was boys against men.

The Tottenham Weekly Herald tried to blame the defeat on the Highbury pitch and the swirling wind.

Excuses, excuses.

Excuses, excuses.

So, what do you think of Tottenham?


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34 thoughts on “Arsenal’s Reserves Beat Tottenham’s First Team – AGAIN!

  1. pete on 29 June 2015 at 5:03 pm said:

    Your football club is supposed to represent its area, tottenham hotspur represents TOTTENHAM hotspur, and you are called arsenal, wheres arsenal i cant find it on my map, oh wait, there is a place called WOOLWICH arsenal, so you represent woolwich, so your name should be woolwich arsenal, and not the name of armaments, so we are the only north london team, you squatters.
    you should be made to change your name to woolwich arsenal, because that is who you really are.

    • Unlike Tottenham where only 2% of the local residents attend games and the club threatened to move out of the borough if the local council didn’t commit to regenerate the local area.

      • pete on 29 June 2015 at 8:10 pm said:

        That was all a ploy mate, we were always going to stay, but we used our business brains, and got what we needed from council, railway access, and road access for our many many thousands of fans, that will be filling our new 61,000 stadium, and it will be the best stadium in england.
        You miss the point though mate, im talking about your name, arsenal, when it should be arsenal as your 2nd name, woolwich arsenal is your name, yes you have moved from woolwich, but that is still your name, there is no arsenal in london, and you shouldnt be called it, its like say, if spurs did move to stratford, we would still be called tottenham hotspur, as this was our original club name, and our identity, and you should be doing the same, the birth of your club was called woolwich arsenal, that is your identity.

        • Can you remind me of the original name of the club that you support?

          • pete on 29 June 2015 at 9:19 pm said:

            Andy we were originally called hotspur f.c, i see what you are saying, but we quickly changed to tottenham, because that is where we played, and it was right to do so, as you should change also, i refer to your team as woolwich arsenal, and you can call us hotspur f.c, doesnt bother me.

          • Pete, our original name was not Woolwich Arsenal, that was our third name.

          • Pete, I think you will find that they changed their name because there was already a much more renowned team called Hotspur FC. And it wasn’t exactly “quickly”, it was 2 years later. So, can you point me in the direction of the area of Middlesex called Hotspur between 1882 and 1884?

  2. raphael on 27 June 2015 at 9:32 pm said:

    F*****king spurs….you guys are pathetic…….just shut the hell up and become a gunner

  3. Luke on 27 June 2015 at 1:02 pm said:

    Arsenal reserves beat spuds first team hahaha.
    they’re forever in our shadows!
    north London is red!
    Big Sol jump the sinking ship and joined Arsenal, hey you gotta pity this club called totts

  4. Will on 27 June 2015 at 5:27 am said:

    OMG you lot are pathetic!! You all remind me of schoolboys hiding in the school toilets with your copy of Playboy open at the centrefold and doing the obvious.

    I ask: “where were you all when you were crap?”

    Wenger will not last forever and then we will all see you cringe.

  5. TommyHarmer on 26 June 2015 at 11:04 pm said:

    It is frequently asserted that we are obsessed with the Woolwich pond life. This sad little piece disproves this pathetic theory. Go back to Sarf London you Arse.

  6. By the way Jack Wiltshire GUILTY fined £40,000.

  7. pete on 26 June 2015 at 9:26 pm said:

    With the way we run our club, we will struggle against the 2 sugar daddie clubs, and the other club with so much worldwide income manure, who are really in debt by the way, and you cant spend the same amount as them either, and without top 4, we will start to see spurs and arsenal as more equal, and see some great derby games, we beat you now, so imagine what it will be like when you dont have your superstars anymore, you will be very quiet on the forums then, lets compare players our best player last season was kane, a player we developed, a spurs supporter playing for his team, and eriksen who can be great at times, but missing in others, and of course theres lloris, the rest were good, and some were really bad, now look at your team, nearly all your players are better than most of ours, because we cant give them the wages you can, so you have your advantage there, yet we gave you a hard 1-1 at your place, and beat you at the lane, now when we spend the same amount on wages as you, we will overtake you, look what we are doing now with half your money outlay, so dont get silly, yes you have a stronger squad than us, and you finished higher than us again, but when you cant spend to stay ahead of us, with no top 4 lure, our strong academy and stars will start to take over north london, its home, from the woolwich arsenal squatters, as was always going to happen.

    • peter piper down on 27 June 2015 at 6:05 am said:

      Bahaha please, the fact that you still clearly base all your facts around beating us and being equal is clue enough that you will never be what you intend for yourselves. Such small mindedness in the fact that you only concentrate on beating arsenal than pursuing a title shows where the lack of the club is heading. I dare not see the day i would ever see a spud side hold aloft the premier league crown. Not in My Lifetime! Jealousy is and ugly shade especially one cast by a shadow.

  8. Patrick on 26 June 2015 at 9:08 pm said:

    Everything about your club is a lie …your the scum from the bottom of a Kent pond ..you were nothing for 45 years until the 90’s and 2000’s .. And you have the cheek to talk about history … Haha .., and don’t talk the 30’s everyone knows how you paid your way into the league and used dirty money …. God I hate you goons

  9. pete on 26 June 2015 at 8:46 pm said:

    sorry typo, spurs 2 arsenal 1

  10. pete on 26 June 2015 at 8:43 pm said:

    inferior he says, 1-1 at the emirates, and 3-1 at the lane, with players on double our wages, hence more stars, (mercenarys), and we competed with you at your dump for 1-1, and then we gave you a thumping at the lane from kane, the bloke is right you have had top 4, from when it first came in, and the money and players you acqired from it put you ahead of us, as with all top 4 teams, you are not superior to us one on one, but because you spend more money you have a strong squad for the campaign, when the premier farce loses its 4th spot, you will be the ones missing out, then reality will set in, your stars will leave for cl clubs, your money will be cut, and you will come back to the pack, just like when a long distance runner who has sprinted off ahead of the pack, runs out of energy and they catch him ,and then hes nowhere, that will be you, and then your reality takes hold.

  11. Boris Gump on 26 June 2015 at 8:10 pm said:

    If Spurs are so inferior why comment and yet you do and there will be many similar articles written by people with similar hang ups. Your mob have been effectively protected by their ‘top 4’ status. It will eventually go and reality will bite again. It’s odd how such a great team has won less European trophies and is yet to win a competion they’ve been in for years viz. CL.

    Humility has never been part of your manager’s make up and it has, sadly, spread.

  12. CantSmileWithoutYou on 26 June 2015 at 7:46 pm said:


  13. Confused on 26 June 2015 at 7:17 pm said:

    It was a reserve game – So Arsenal Reserves beat Spurs Reserves.

    7 days late Spurs beat Arsenal 5-0 in a Division 1 league game. The team was: Team: Clemence; Hughton, O’Reilly; Roberts, Miller, Gibson, Mabbutt, Archibald, Galvin, Brazil, Falco.

    So either Arsenal Reserves beat Spurs First team 2-1 but then their First team lost 5-0 to Spurs Reserve team, or Arsenal Reserves beat Spurs reserves and Arsenal First team got thumped by Spurs First Team? Which is it pal? Either way, why are you even blogging it? I’d be embarrassed to call myself a Gooner.

  14. Erik on 26 June 2015 at 6:47 pm said:

    A meaningless reserve league game 32 years ago and you’re writing a f***ing article about it?
    Get. A. Life.
    Absolutely unbelievable. Pathetic. Pointless. And many other words that you should feel utterly sad about.

  15. Chris on 26 June 2015 at 6:38 pm said:

    All I see is Arsenal reserves vs Spurs reserves. Changing history again to suit your narrative ya muggy cunts!

  16. Thank you for positive words and good luck in your travels to the Faroe Islands and Transnistria next season.

    • AARON on 26 June 2015 at 8:44 pm said:

      16 attempts at the CL and apart from 1 final, abject FAILURE every time. Even so-called lesser , smaller clubs have won the Competition ; Porto , Ajax , A.C. Milan , even the bin-dippers from Mersey side have won it. Face it – you’re just a bunch of has beans,, who used to be. Get used to it, and bugger off back to Woolwich ha.ha,ha. COYS !!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Patrick on 26 June 2015 at 6:29 pm said:

    Delusions of grandeur that’s what sums up ,you muggy goons .. Yeh that’s the name we called you when we used to go in the north bank …from the end of the 30’s – the mid 80’s that’s 45 years what exactly did you achieve .. Apart from 1970 .. You were on the same level as letting orient … You squatted in north London ..coming from that shit hole woolwich .. You bribed your way into the league trying to buy Fulham , dirty money , crooks , you even got Gillespie rd station changed to arsenal just justify your North London status…I’m from west London .. I’m supposed to hate Chelsea … But I love how they have got your number .. Each and every time …45 years if being nothing … You forget about that don’t ya … You won’t win the league next season .. Your a cup team … COYS

  18. Blobby on 26 June 2015 at 5:59 pm said:

    Boring Boring Arsenal .., Yawn ..me needs a kip after reading that

  19. I have no idea what you’re talking about. It is simply a blog about a young and inexperienced Arsenal team winning a game.

  20. Kent on 26 June 2015 at 5:56 pm said:

    Grow up. F*****g muppets!

  21. Whoopee more on your infatuation with spurs.

  22. Tell you what, write a blog about Arsenal’s first team getting turned over by Tottenham’s reserves and I’ll publish it on here. Can’t say fairer than that, can I?

  23. JakFact on 26 June 2015 at 5:37 pm said:

    Don’t really get the whole lording it over Spurs thing and stuff like this isn’t even mildly amusing. They are so inferior to us I don’t see why they are even a secondary thought. Maybe in the 70’s they were important to us, but seriously, the comparison now is like comparing us to Stoke. We’re miles ahead, have a trophy count that absolutely dwarfs them. They are irrelevant in what we want to achieve. Rivalry, yes – but personally, I’ll be rooting for them to beat the likes of Chelsea & Man City next season because they are our true rivals. Couldn’t give a monkeys if Spurs win or lose, they are insignificant in our ambitions.

    • That would sound more viable if ArseAnal hadn’t just squeaked past Spurs by one point under very, very dodgy circumstances several times in the last decade.

      Your trophy haul dwarfs ours: How many genuine, serious European trophies have you won? Some folk would consider the real mark of a big club to be success in Europe.

      Arsenal ‘Reserves’ beat Spurs ‘1st team’ (LoL) way back when…what was the score the last time the two FIRST TEAMS

  24. Al Boy on 26 June 2015 at 5:28 pm said:

    I have a suggestion for what you should for your next article.
    Do a full match report on what happened 7 days after this game, when Spurs first team played Arsenals first team in a proper league game.

    • Mike Hunt on 26 June 2015 at 6:16 pm said:

      I was going to say the same thing, it’s a pity for them that they didn’t play their reserves in that game too!

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