League Cup Tales - Martin Chivers
The first game Martin Chivers played at Wembley stadium was the 1971 League Cup final. He would score both goals as Spurs would win the trophy for the first time. He described scoring those two goals as a schoolboy’s dream. The first came after a Jimmy Neighbour shot was pushed into his path by the goalie and he slid it home.
His second came from a Mullery pass and he shot home from the edge of the box, the highlight of a forgettable match.
Before that in the semis Bristol City run us close over the two legs. City had taken the lead and Gilzean pulled us level. The second game at White Hart Lane went to extra time and he scored our first with a header from a Knowles free kick in the 97th minute. Jimmy Pearce who had come on for center half Mike England got the second to ensure our final appearance from long distance. The game was two days before Christmas and was an early present.
He would also be in the side that won the trophy two years later (as Spurs became the first team to win the trophy twice) and that game saw the only goal come from substitute Ralph Coates.
Chivers who use to room with Coates joked that every time Ralph told the tale in later years he seemed to be getting further out from the goal with each telling.
The semi’s that year were played both sides of Christmas. The first leg away to Wolverhampton and Martin Peters struck very early Pearce playing him in. About the quarter of an hour mark and we went two up when John Pratt hit his effort from distance. Gilzean would strike the bar before they pulled one back on half time with a penalty. The second half was scoreless as the fog rolled in; the other semi that night was abandoned.
The seconds game and Wolves leveled the scores just after half an hour. Peters put us back in front from a Evans cross but with twenty minutes to go Wolves leveled again and took the match to extra time. Spurs had the better of the play and just before the turn round Chivers shot us back into the lead and into the final.
Martin remains the clubs top scorer in the competition and that includes our first hat trick in the competition in the second round game at Aston Villa in September 1968. The game was only our second in the competition. Cliff Jones had scored our first ever goal in the cup before Chivers struck as we won 4-1.
He would go on to record 23 goals in total. Defoe is our second highest scorer back on 14. Although his fourth goal wouldn’t come for two years. He did however score seven that season, apart from the two in the final there was a second hat trick at home to Coventry.
Tottenham had recorded 12 hat tricks in the competition and John Duncan is the only other man to score two, although Gascoigne managed a four.
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