Sunday, March 18, 2007

Spurs in History - 18th March

18th March, 1961

Burnley 0 Spurs 3 F.A.Cup Semi-Final at Villa Park.

At the fourth attempt, Spurs returned successfully from a semi-final tie at Villa Park. The two top teams met to decide who would be in the FA Cup Final at Wembley. Burnley were the reigning Champions and Spurs were well on the way to claiming their title. The League game at White Hart Lane in early December had been a classic. Spurs had gone four up but Burnley clawed themselves back into the game to earn a draw.

In the semi-final Spurs took the lead after half an hour and went further ahead when Bobby Smith scored his second in the second half. This deflated Burnley and Cliff Jones added the third before the end.

Spurs had reached the FA Cup Final for the first time in 40 years and were on their way to Wembley for the very first time. Over the next number of years Tottenham Hotspur were to become regular visitors at the famous stadium.


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