Attack on a goalkeeper (Robert Hewitson, Tottenham Hotspur)

September 5, 1908
Robert Hewitson, the new Tottenham goalkeeper, who kept the Wolverhampton forwards at bay on Monday, and was last season with Oldham Athletic, is the man whose escape from the chair thrown by a performing acrobat brought about the issue of the order by the FA Council calling upon the clubs not to allow these itinerant performers on their grounds.

This acrobat made a good living out of his performance during the interval in front of the grand stands. He used to conclude a series of feats by picking up a heavy chair with his teeth, balancing it and then riding round the football field on a bicycle with the chair poised. Arriving near the goal he would swing the chair to the line.

On one occasion when the performance was permitted the chair came straight at Hewitson, who had returned to his goal. He almost dodged the missile, which only just touched him.
(Cricket and Football Field: September 5, 1908)

Robert Hewitson, Tottenham Hotspur.

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