Monday, January 08, 2007

Spurs in History - 8th January

8th January, 1921

Spurs 6 Bristol Rovers 2 FA Cup (1st Round)
Scorers: Bliss, Smith, Cantrell, Seed, Clay (pen), Walden

In January, 1921 following promotion, Spurs, after a disappointing start to the season, were coping well in the 1st Division. Their first game in the FA Cup (1st Round) saw them drawn at home to Bristol Rovers who were in the 3rd Division, their first season in the Football League.

The two clubs had met at Bristol the previous year at the same stage of the competition.  Spurs won 4-1 on that occasion and this again turned out to be one of Spurs’ easiest opening rounds – they were one up after four minutes and four ahead by half-time, ensuring a comfortable victory.

After taking an early lead through Jimmy Seed they added to it with a Tommy Clay penalty. Goals from Bert Smith and Fanny Walden gave them a 4 – 0 lead by half-time. Rovers scored early in the second half, before Jimmy Cantrell scored and then after Rovers’ second, Bert Bliss added a late sixth.

These names were to become part of the illustrious history of Spurs.


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