FOOTBALL: THIS WEEK

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On 25 December 1946, Tottenham played Coventry away in a Second Division game and lost 3-0.

The next afternoon, Spurs entertained Coventry in the second part of the traditional Yuletide-Boxing Day double-header and managed to achieve a result that would be welcome at the moment - a 0-0 draw.

On the same dates, Barnsley drew 4-4 with Southampton, again in the Second Division, and The Dell rematch ended 1-1, while Crystal Palace of the Third Division (South), won 6-1 at home to Torquay, then lost 2-1 the next day.

It is interesting to imagine football still being the kind of sport where home players invited visitors to Christmas lunch. Jurgen Klinsmann at Ian Wright's for tea?

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