North London pride

The North London derby oozes history and we speak to some of the men who have been at the centre of classic encounters over the years when Tottenham have met Arsenal...

By Interviews: Peter Fraser; Video: Peter Holloway; Graphic: Pete Blakemore.   Last Updated: 14/03/14 5:08pm

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From wonder goals to title wins and cup classics, North London derbies very rarely disappoint.

This Sunday afternoon, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal again go into battle, with all the action live on Sky Sports 1HD, and the game is once more of massive importance for both clubs.

After being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League in midweek and falling off the pace in the Premier League title race, Arsenal will visit White Hart Lane hoping to regain some feel-good factor.

But Tottenham themselves are not enjoying the best of times and will not be in the mood to give their fiercely contested rivals any sort of respite.

It therefore has all the hallmarks of another classic to follow in the footsteps of some of the previous epics which have seen trophies lifted, famous goals, blockbuster goals and controversy.

Here, we speak to some of the players, ranging from club legends to cult heroes, who have been involved in North London derbies, round-up some vintage video highlights, and remember the best of the rest.

Ray Parlour (Arsenal) - Tottenham 2 Arsenal 2 - 25/4/2004

"I scored at White Hart Lane in 1997 but I think my favourite memory ever was when we won the league there in 2004. It was always a tough game and everyone upped their game. We were 2-0 up and Tottenham came back for a draw with Robbie Keane scoring a penalty in the last minute. But we only needed a point. It was an extra special moment for the lads to win the league at our rivals. It was also my last season at Arsenal so it was great to go out with a win. It was emotionally brilliant for everybody."

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Gary Mabbutt (Tottenham) - Tottenham 3 Arsenal 1 - 14/4/1991

"Beating Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final in 1991 was special. They were odds-on favourites to win and they were going for the Double after already winning the league. We had suffered a mixed season and were mid-table so everyone was expecting Arsenal to win. But we put in an outstanding performance in what was the first FA Cup semi-final to be played at Wembley and came out victors. Paul Gascoigne had an outstanding season and was the main talisman, and of course he scored that free-kick past David Seaman in the semi-final. It can be said in a lax way but even if you have had the worst season possible, if you manage to beat Arsenal, the fans will forgive you."

Nigel Winterburn (Arsenal) - Tottenham 2 Arsenal 3 - 10/9/1988

"It was my first derby in 1988/89. We were away at Tottenham, I scored and we won 3-2. My goal was a bit of a daisy-cutter from the edge of the box with the outside of my left foot and I bent it into the far corner. It was not my most spectacular goal but the feeling that it gave me was pretty special. I also did not score many goals so I tended to like to celebrate them anyway! You hear so much about the derby games. The build-up to them is very special and it is all you hear about for that week. And, then, to go on and win the game, people kept coming up to me afterwards to congratulate me for scoring."

Darren Anderton (Tottenham) - Arsenal 1 Tottenham 1 - 6/12/1993

"It was a draw at Highbury and I scored. Micky Hazard had the ball in our half and played it up to Jason Dozzell, who flicked it on to my run. I outran Tony Adams from the halfway line and slotted the ball in the bottom corner. Tony was one of the most difficult defenders to play against but it was not difficult to outrun Tony! It was a good goal and a bit of a cocky celebration. We played really well in that game but unfortunately Wrighty [Ian Wright] popped up later in the game with an equaliser. It was a great game. The derby was my favourite fixture to play in. Because of the pace of the game, you had to be a good player to play well in it and I loved that."

Alan Smith (Arsenal) - Tottenham 2 Arsenal 3 - 10/9/1988

"My favourite is the same match as Nigel at White Hart Lane in that title-winning season. He is right that he did not score many goals! But the ones he did get were quite spectacular. I also scored in that game. I think it was Gary Mabbutt I barged out of the way at the far post to score with a header. Paul Gascoigne scored for Tottenham without his boot on and went on to kick the hoardings over behind the goal when he was celebrating."

Jamie Redknapp (Tottenham) - Tottenham 2 Arsenal 2 - 25/4/2004

"It was a very difficult game for us, because they had a great side then - probably the best side I played against in the Premier League. There was Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp... they were just fantastic. They were 2-0 up at half-time and it could have been 5-0 but we managed to get it back. I scored a good goal and then Robbie Keane scored a late penalty so we took a little bit of pride from it but they obviously had the honour of winning the league at our ground. It was a good game. The difference between the two teams is a lot tighter now. Arsenal used to be streets ahead of Tottenham, miles ahead. We were struggling just above mid-table and they were in the Invincibles era. It did not ever matter where you were in the league, though, because those games had the frenetic derby atmosphere regardless and I always enjoyed playing in them. They always had great atmospheres."

Perry Groves (Arsenal) - Arsenal 2 Tottenham 1 - 6/3/1988

"I was lucky enough to score the winner but that goal was also a huge relief for me. Before I had scored, I had gone through one-on-one with the Tottenham goalkeeper, Bobby Mimms. I volleyed the ball but I was the first person to ever take a divot on a volley! I kicked the pitch first and put the ball well wide. I thought, 'if we draw this 1-1, the fans are going to batter me'. But, in the second half, Kenny Sansom took a throw-in, it bounced over Alan Smith, I controlled it and volleyed it into the far corner to give us a 2-1 win. I went to celebrate with the fans and was thinking, 'thank god. They're not going to remember my miss now!'."

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