A look forward to this season FA Cup Semi-final and our previous meetings with Manchester United in the competition. Currently it stands fairly even, in fifteen meetings both sides have five wins and there are five draws. These figures include the two games when they were named Newton Health. Tottenham just lead the way with 23 goals to 22. The only previous semi-final clash between the two sides also going Tottenham’s way.
That tie is possibly the most famous meeting in the series and dates from 1962 at Hillsborough. Tottenham the holders won 3-1 and would go on to retain the trophy. Our scorers that day were Greaves, Jones and Medwin.
Ossie Ardiles, Bill Joyce and Jimmy Handley are our top scorers in the clash with three each. Ossie’s coming in three different games whilst Handley notched a hat trick in the 1923 meeting.
The first time we met was in the 1888/89 season when non league spurs were held to a 1-1 draw at their Northumberland Park ground before winning 5-3 away. This epic clash was described in
Our next meeting came in the second round, 1923 and our 4-0 win is the biggest winning margin in our meetings.
The following season it was the fourth round when we drew at home before they won the replay.
We then waited until 1962 for that semi final encounter.
Left - 1979
January 1968 and the third round game saw Martin Chivers score twice in a 2-2 away before we won the replay with a Jimmy Robertson goal, in extra time, which they disputed. In what was called a bruising affair, Joe Kinnear became the first Spurs man to be sent off in the FA Cup along with United’s Kidd.
The three most recent meetings have seen us go out, all away from home. The 1997 tie and Tottenham had an injury nightmare which meant we fielded a strike force of two 19 year olds, Rory Allen (who had made his debut earlier that year and would score twice in twenty games for Spurs) and on his debut Neale Fenn, who played just 11 games for us.
When we met in 1979 it was a draw at White Hart Lane and we went out in the quarter final replay. The following year and again a replay was needed in the third round. A 1-1 draw at home saw them pull level with a controversial penalty.
That was followed by our win Old Trafford, Our goalie had his jaw broken in a challenge from Joe Jordan, who would later join Spurs coaching staff. Glenn Hoddle took over in goal. Then as extra time drew to a close Villa laid the ball back to Ardiles to score, he had also got our goal in the first game.
This season sees the eleventh time we have been drawn against The Red Devils and the sixteenth game.
Updated May 2018 - We lost the semi final in the current season by 1-2 our goal coming from Dele.
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