Thursday, March 09, 2006

9th March - Spurs in History

Nowadays the Carling Cup games have to be settled instantly - no replays - extra time - penalty kicks - game over.  Prior to this need for a quick result, FA Cup and League Cup games went to second and third replays as necessary. It caused fixture congestion and fatigue but eventually a winner was found.

In this 1953 FA Cup 6th Round tie Birmingham and Spurs went to a second replay.

The first game was 1-1 at St Andrews. Les Bennett scored Spurs goal.

The Replay at White Hart Lane ended 2-2 after extra time - Bennett and Len Duquemin scored.

The 2nd Replay at Molineaux on 9th March, 1953 - resulted in a Spurs win by 1-0 with a goal scored by Sonny Walters.

Unfortunately, Spurs Cup exploits ended in the next game, they lost the semi-final against Blackpool at Villa Park by 1-2.

1996 FA Cup 5th Round Replay.

Spurs 1 Nottingham Forest 1 (aet) (Forest won 3-1 on penalties)

This was the third game in this tie - the first game at Nottingham had to be abandoned after 15 minutes because of snow.  Supporters had a very difficult journey out of Nottingham on their way home after the game.

The game was re-scheduled and finished 2-2 - Chris Armstrong scoring both Spurs goals but Ian Woan scored two special goals for Forest.

The replay at White Hart Lane was again very close and ended 1-1 after extra time.  Teddy Sheringham scored for Spurs but when it came to the penalty shoot out - Spurs could only score once from their five penalties.  Forest scored three and progressed to the next round.

This was Spurs first Cup defeat on penalties.


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