Arsenal travelled to White Hart Lane for the penultimate game of the 1909-10 season three points clear of the relegation zone, sitting in 14th place. They needed to avoid defeat for safety, to fight another season in English football’s top flight.
Tottenham were on 27 points, 17th and only out of the final relegation place with a goal average of 0.73 compared to 18th placed Chelsea with 0.70 and in 19th, Bristol City with 0.66.
At the final whistle, the 1 – 1 draw left Arsenal safe. Come the season’s end, it looked more uncomfortable than the reality, relegation avoided by two points. Every cloud – Tottenham staying up as well – has a silver lining; Chelsea occupied 19th place.