Sunday, February 25, 2007

Spurs in History - 25th February

25th February, 1904

Aston Villa 0 Spurs 1 FA Cup 2nd Round Replay

In the first match at White Hart Lane, five days earlier, there was a very large crowd of 32,000 with additional seating around the ground. At half-time a large number of spectators invaded the pitch and being unable to clear them, the referee abandoned the match with Villa one goal ahead. Spurs were fined £350 and ordered to replay the game at Villa Park.

Spurs went on to win the tie through a goal scored by Jack ‘Bristol’ Jones. The reason for the invasion is unclear but Spurs certainly benefited from it. It was said that this was the first time a crowd had invaded the pitch in an attempt to have a Cup tie abandoned but this was not the case. It seems to have been that having left their place in the stands most of the spectators were unable to get back to there. When it was announced that the game had been abandoned the crowd became very annoyed and made all sorts of threats. The police had to be called to clear the ground but there was no violence.


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