Sunday, March 05, 2006

5th March - Spurs in History

5th March, 1938

The record attendance at White Hart Lane is 75,038 and was achieved for a FA Cup 6th Round game against Sunderland.

Spurs were in the 2nd Division and Sunderland were the Cup holders. One goal separated the teams and it went to the visitors but before Sunderland scored Spurs had a goal disallowed in controversial circumstances. Colin Lyman fired in a shot which beat the goalkeeper but Jack Gribbons following in to make sure the ball was over the line, handled the ball. The referee gave the goal but the linesman was of the view that he had handled the ball before it crossed the line. The referee had been closer to the incident but he took the linesman's advice and disallowed the goal.

1963 - Not a good day in Europe.

Bill Nicholson was furious after Spurs lost the 1st Leg of the European Cup Winners' Cup tie against Slovan Bratislava. Two goals behind after the away game was going to make the return match at White Hart Lane very difficult. The mangaer accused the team of being sloppy and half-asleep. Would the harsh criticism inspire the team to greater effort in the second leg?

1921 - Spurs are on their way to a second FA Cup win.

Playing Aston Villa in the 4th Round of the FA Cup, Spurs won by a single goal at White Hart Lane. Thew teams had met at the same stage of the competition in the previous season when Spurs has lost. However, they gained revenge this time with a goal scored by Jimmy Banks. The goal was created by two of the star members of the team - Jimmy Dimmock and Jimmy Seed. Spurs' win was more convincing that the single goal suggests.

Spurs next oppentents in their quest for the Cup would be Preston North End in the semi-final.


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