Of all the Premiership new boys, when it comes to games between Spurs and Swansea, there isn’t a great deal of ‘previous’, certainly not in recent years anyway.
One tie that really sticks in the mind came in 1978-79 when the Welshmen, prior to their first division exploits of the early 1980’s came to Spurs in a league cup match.
This was the year of Ardiles and Villa and a season that had begun brightly with a 1-1 draw at Champions Nottingham Forest. Sadly the next few weeks were anything but bright with a run of defeats and the tie with Swansea summed up our dismal start to the season.
The first game began with a ‘challenge’ by Tommy Smith on Ardiles that saw him limp out of the game later on. Spurs were then 2-0 down at half time but rallied and goals from Hoddle and Gerry Armstrong forced a replay.
Despite this setback, fans arrived at White Hart Lane and gave Smith a ‘warm’ reception ahead of a game that we all expected to win comfortably. What happened was embarrassing and a 3-1 victory for Swansea that was well deserved.
For all the ‘ticker tape’ welcomes that our two Argentineans were given, this was a pretty depressing start to life back in the old first division. Happily it all improved and we were just a short period away from back to back FA Cup wins.
Does anyone else recall those two games against Swansea? Sadly there doesn’t seem to be any video footage available but there is this Lineker penalty from a later tie in 1991-92.