OTD 2008 | Stoke Win Spurs Thriller


An action packed Stoke-Spurs clash took place on this day eight years ago.

Both clubs were stuck at the wrong end of the table, but Stoke won a remarkable match 2-1.

The scoreline only tells half the story though.

Gareth Bale- who went on to become the world’s most expensive player- was sent off in the 17th minute having failed to contend with Tom Soares.

That tackle resulted in a penalty which Danny Higginbotham fired home, despite him having to re-spot the ball three times due to the blustery conditions at the Brit.

Ten man Spurs were soon level when Darren Bent slotted past Thomas Sorensen though.

Stoke held on and regrouped at half-time, unleashing a wave of attacks on Heurelho Gomes’ goal. The Brazilian keeper ultimately started crying, later stating that he simply couldn’t cope with Stoke.

And Gomes was beaten for a second time just eight minutes into the second period. Mama Sidibe went racing down the right wing before expertly crossing for Rory Delap to slot home. The onrushing Delap could only be stopped by the net and he gleefully grabbed the netting, bellowing with delight alongside 25,000 Stokies.

Gomes was having a game to forget, and his knee inadvertently knocked out his own defender Vedran Corluka, before Sorensen had to be subbed off for Steve Simonsen having been caught in the face by Alan Hutton.

That meant there would be 11 minutes of injury time, and Stoke were awarded another penalty to seal the points.

Ricardo Fuller’s strike hit one post, rolled along the line, hit the other post and came out to Delap, who could only smash the ball against the bar. It was a remarkable sequence.

There was still time for Spurs to be reduced to nine men when Michael Dawson was shown a red card and Stoke held on for just their second Premier League victory.


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