The latest set of images in Every Picture Tells a Story took the FA Cup as its theme. This is where we try to uncover images that deserve another outing rather than the ones that have been featured regularly in social media. This first picture takes us back to 1981. You will be aware of Ricki Villa’s goal (actually one of two that day) where he twisted and turned his way through the Manchester City defence before scoring the goal that was voted the best at Wembley in the last century. Here we catch up with him moments later as he turns away with Gareth Crooks (the other goal in the 3-2 win) Genn Hoddle and Steve Perryman closing in on him.
This next one takes us back to 1939 and the first time the Tottenham first team had worn numbers on their shirts. It came in the home game with Watford in the third round.
Pictured here are Albert Duncan, Albert Hall and Willie Hall checking the new shirts out. Something must have worked as Spurs ran out 7-1 winners.
Willie scored twice while Duncan also scored. The other goals went to Ward (penalty), Sargent and two for Miller.
Next up and we move forward to 1954. The first game with Leeds ended 3-3 so it was back to The Lane for the replay which was nearly called off. This time around Les Bennett scored the only goal. This image was featured to reveal just how bad the pitch was in bad weather.
I think, it was Terry Dyson who was asked a while back how would he like to have played on the pitches these days to which he wondered if the current players could have performed on the pitches from his day.
There is another image from this game in Set Two.
Then it was right back to 1907 as I like to include a great old picture in each set. The 12th January saw Southern League Spurs entertain Hull City in the first round. The game ended 0-0, as did the replay. Extra time at Hull was brought to a stop after ten minutes because of bad light. Then it was by mutual consent back to Tottenham and the third game ended 1-0. Our goal was scored by one Herbert Chapman who would make his mark on the game when he became manager of Arsenal. It then took us three games to get past Blackburn in the next round.
The team pictured for this first game was Reilly; Watson, Tait ; Morris, Bull; Hughes : Walton, Hewitt, Woodward, Reid, Brearley. John Cameron is in the hat next to groundsman John Over.
We now move forward to 1962 and Tottenham become only the second team in the last century to retain the FA Cup. Danny Blanchflower and Bill Nicholson show the trophy to the faithful.
The question is who tied the lid on so they didn’t drop it?
Then its back in time again and we find the game that one future England manager described as the best game I’ve ever played in.
Tottenham had drawn away at Everton in the fifth round 1-1, and that game had a great finish but it was to be upstaged by the replay on the Monday which would end 4-3 to Spurs with a Johnny Morrison hat trick, a goal in the dying seconds and not to mention a referring controversy.
The story of this game can be found at -http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/hotspur-towers-cup-adventures-2
This is the programme from that game. Here we find the cockerel asking the old lady if she thinks her cooking pot (labeled Everton stew) is big enough.
Behind her is the Goodison chopping block. If you like this image there are a number of programmes from that era featured in Hotspur Towers 48. -http://www.indiaspurs.com/blog/hotspur-towers-48
Then we have one of my faves, this time we move forward to 1953. It’s the Duke, Len Duquemin here celebrating the only goal in the fourth round replay with Preston. The first game ended 2-2.
At that time the rule was if the colours of the clubs clashed both teams had to change, hence Len here in stripes. That season our dream ended at the semi final stage.
It might just be my age and growing up at a time when the FA Cup was the only other competition other than the League that made it SO important.
The look on this lads face as he carries the trophy here in 1961 says it’s a day he wont forget.
I expect he is one of the Spurs family. Dave Mackay and Danny Blanchflower are in attendance
We started in the 80’s and its back there for this image, again its Villa Park in 1982, some cheeky Spurs fan has sneaked a mascot on to pitch prior to the semi final V Leicester which we won 2-0.
Here we have the officials and Spurs physic armed with a coat attempting to rustle the beast into captivity.
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