Liverpool 1 Spurs 2 F.A.Cup 6th Round.
One of the truly memorable performances of the decade. Having fought back at Southampton Spurs had a visit to Anfield as their reward but it wasn’t a ground with many happy memories for them.
Liverpool took the lead late in the first half but Teddy Sheringham managed to equalize right at the end of the half.
In the second half Spurs played much better and it looked set for a replay but with two minutes remaining, Sheringham put Jurgen Klinsmann through to score the winner.
A great result for Spurs but sadly it was not built upon as Spurs produced one of their worst semi-final performances when losing to Everton. At the end of the season Klinsmann returned to Germany and Spurs lost ground on the clubs around them and they have been trying to catch up ever since.
11th March, 2001
West Ham United 2 Spurs 3 FA Cup 6th Round
An unexpected hero emerged from the five goal thriller at Upton Park in 2001 when Sergei Rebrov showed why Spurs had spent their record transfer fee to sign him. His two goals and one from Gary Doherty gave George Graham’s team a thrilling victory and another chance to play Arsenal in the semi-finals.
Everything was up-beat at Tottenham after that win but behind the scenes all was not well and within seven days George Graham was gone with Glenn Hoddle to be his eventual successor.
11th March, 1997
Spurs 2 Bristol City 0 FA Cup 5th Round
The 1967 Cup winning trail gave Spurs a home game against 2nd Division Bristol City and it was that man Greaves who again secured Spurs’ passage to the next round. Greaves put Spurs ahead after ten minutes but then the good fortune of Cup winners was again evident in Spurs’ victory as City missed a number of goal scoring opportunities and Pat Jennings was required to save a Bristol penalty in the second half. The penalty was retaken because Jennings moved too soon and the re-take was hit wide. To add insult to injury Greaves scored Spurs’ second goal from the penalty spot in the final minute.
Captain Dave Mackay put the win in perspective, ‘We should have won more easily but few top teams manage to win convincingly against lesser opposition.’