As we approach the Final of this years League Cup competition we look back to an earlier success in 1973 (1). A cup run that took in ten games, two of them in three days and several bouts of extra time. Tottenham had won the trophy two years earlier in only our fourth time of entering (2) then the previous season we had reached the semi-finals. This seasons competition kicked off at home to Huddersfield in the second round. We won 2-1 at home with goals from Alan Gilzean and Martin Chivers.
Jimmy Greaves turns 75 today. He is simply the deadliest striker that has ever played the game. The question is how to convey to a new generation just how good he was without looking through the eyes of a boy at his idol. I wrote a year ago that at times when he received the ball he could move with such grace and ease at top speed that he resembled a big cat hunting down its prey. I could just have easily of spoken of how at times he appeared to manipulate time and space around him.
In the last Hotspur Towers (1) we looked back at the great FA Cup win in 1921. This time we reflect on the amazing scenes following that game, a second trophy in the season, our highest league finish, seven players representing England and a host of new records set
That 1921 Cup wining team had Hunter in goal. Having only made his debut a month earlier when Bill Jacques was injured. Clay, Bobby McDonald, Bert Smith, Waters, Grimsdell, Banks Seed, Jimmy Cantrell who was approaching his 39th birthday, Bliss and Dimmock.
Hunter, McDonald and Waters were all amateurs.
This side was the one that had run away with the league the year before except for Seed joining in the previous April replacing Banks. Banks having returned to the side in mid-season to replace the injured Walden. Two weeks before the final Grimsdell had captained Dimmock, Bliss and Smith this time in the England team. Whilst a total of seven Spurs players represented England in this period (2).
This time it really is a case of what happened next. We all know the story of how the club lost its first division status due to the nefarious actions of our ‘good neighbours’ (1,2). Were you aware however how Tottenham responded by roaring back with the second great team in our history. Much like the first great side twenty years earlier they won their leagues title and followed it up with the FA Cup. They set a number of records both on and off the field of play and then also much like the earlier side they did not really fulfill their promise their rein only lasting three years. As the two clubs prepare to meet again this season Hotspur Towers runs a mini-series leading up to the game looking back at that great side.
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History of T.H.F.C.
Tribute to Bill Nicholson
The Road to Turin
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Interview with Marina Sirtis
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History Of THFC: Part 1
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Thanks For The Memories
Our Tommy Carroll
The AVB Files: Part1
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The Hand Of Hugo
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