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Tuesday 30 July 2013

On this day in 2008: Spurs sign Bentley

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall David Bentley moving to White Hart Lane

  • David Bentley, with six England caps to his name, joined Tottenham from Blackburn

  • The winger scored a spectacular volley in a thrilling 4-4 draw with local rivals Arsenal

  • Bentley, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko celebrate finishing fourth in 2009/10 rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 30 July 2008 - David Bentley completes Spurs move

Tottenham Hotspur completed the signing of England international midfielder David Bentley from Blackburn Rovers.

Then 23 years of age, the winger had attracted Tottenham Hotspur's attention after making 102 Barclays Premier League appearances and scoring 13 goals in three seasons with Blackburn, including a hat-trick in a 4-3 win over Manchester United in 2006.

Bentley, who had came through Arsenal's academy system and played in the top flight with Norwich City in the 2004/05 campaign, also won six England caps during his spell with Blackburn.

In his first full season at White Hart Lane, Bentley helped Spurs finish eighth in the Premier League table. His one league goal that season came in spectacular style, as he scored a 40-yard volley in a thrilling 4-4 draw with North London rivals Arsenal.

In the 2009/10 season, Bentley played 15 times as Harry Redknapp's side finished fourth and qualified for the UEFA Champions League. Overall, the winger made 42 League appearances for Spurs, scoring three times.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Tottenham Hotspur secured the services of Blackburn winger David Bentley