Tottenham have a proud history in the FA Cup. Despite not having won the competition since 1991, we are still third on the list of the most frequent winners with eight, behind Arsenal with ten and Manchester United with eleven.
This week sees us try to book another final appearance to possibly make it nine wins, when we take on Portsmouth in the semi finals. It’s got me feeling nostalgic about our other appearance in the semis. Here’s 5 classic wins from the archives.
5. 1967 – Tottenham Hotspur 2 Nottingham Forest 1
En-route to beating Chelsea in the first all-London FA Cup final, Spurs defeated Nottingham Forest 2-1 in the semi at Hillsbrough, in front of 55,000 spectators.
Jimmy Greaves gave us the lead, before Frank Saul made it 2-0. Forest pulled one back through Terry Hennessey, but Spurs held on to book their place in the final.
4. 1961 – Tottenham Hotspur 3 Burnley 0
Almost 70,000 filled Villa Park to see Tottenham beat Burnley to give themselves a chance of winning a historic league and cup double.
Two goals from Bobby Smith and one from Cliff Jones were enough to see off a Burnley side that Spurs would defeat the following season in the FA Cup final.
3. 1981 – Tottenham Hotspur 3 Wolves 0
Goals from Steve Archibald and Glenn Hoddle had looked to be enough to put Spurs through against Wolves in 1981, but a controversial penalty saw Willie Carr peg the score back to 2-2 and force a replay at Highbury.
Spurs won the second match 3-0, with two goals from Garth Crooks and this beauty from Ricky Villa.
2. 1962 – Tottenham Hotspur 3 Manchester United 1
The double holders lost their league title to Ipswich Town in 1962, but retained the cup and defeated Manchester United 3-1 in the semi final.
Spurs took a 2-0 lead at half-time through Jones and Greaves and though United pulled one back in the second half, Terry Medwin made sure of victory.
1. 1991 – Tottenham Hotspur 3 Arsenal 1
The greatest semi-final of them all saw us take on the Scum at Wembley. Having won the league in 1989, George Graham’s Arsenal were walking away with the title in 91, but we had an ace up our sleeve – Paul Gascoigne.
Gazza was struggling to be fit for the game, but he was so important to our hopes that we were always going to take a risk on his fitness.
Within minutes Gascoigne had proved his worth to Spurs with a spectacular free kick, sending Tottenham on their way to a historic 3-1 win, featuring two further goals by Gary Lineker.
3-1, we beat the Scum 3-1…