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Spurs Odyssey FA Cup replay Preview - Spurs v Middlesbrough, 14.01.20

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Full Cup Record against Middlesbrough

FA CUP

SEASON   RD    H/A    RES    SCORERS
1904-05   1     A     1-1     Glen
1904-05   1(R)  H     1-0     O'Hagan
1955-56   4     H     3-1     Norman,
			      Dunmore, Robb
1965-66   3     H     4-0     Mackay (2) (1 pen)
                              Saul 2
2019-20   3     A     1-1     Lucas Moura

LEAGUE CUP

1972-73   3     A     1-1     Pearce
1972-73   3(R)  H     0-0 (a.e.t)
1972-73   3(2R) H     2-1     Gilzean, Peters
1974-75   2     H     0-4   
1976-77   2     A     2-1     Moores, Neighbour
2003-04  Q-F    H     1-1     Anderton
(a.e.t - lost 5-4 pens) 	
2007-08   3     H     2-0     Bale, Huddlestone

Still looking for our first win of 2020!

This will be our fourth game of the New Year and we are still looking for our first win. There can be no better time to do that than by securing our path to an FA Cup meeting with Southampton.

Middesbrough are unbeaten as yet in the three games they have played in 2020. They drew 2-2 at home to Derby on Saturday, but still linger in the bottom half of the Championship. "Boro" have a tricky Friday night game at Craven Cottage to contemplate, which might affect their team selection for tomorrow night.

Despite the fact that Christian Eriksen is being linked with a move to Inter, Jose Mourinho has indicated that the midfielder will play in this game. Spurs' team news is unchanged from that for the Liverpool game, but Jose may shake up his team and include the likes of Vertonghen, Dier and Sessegnon none of whom got off the bench against Liverpool. I have to predict a Spurs win, and I'll go for a 2-0 scoreline.

The FA Cup is the most difficult of all competitions to ascertain officials sometimes, but I have now discovered our referee will be Craig Pawson. Mr Pawson's only other Spurs game this season was the 4-0 home win over Crystal Palace, which bodes well. Son got two goals that day, so maybe he can find his scoring boots tonight as well!

As you can see from the above list, which features very few FA Cup meetings between these sides, a replay was required to settle the very first meeting which took place in February 1905. Spurs were still a Southern League club. Middlesbrough were in the lower reaches of Division One. Spurs won the replay at White Hart Lane 1-0, but would be knocked out in the next round by another north-east team - Newcastle. Newcastle made it all the way to the final that hear, but were beaten 2-0 by Aston Villa. Newcastle won the League Championship that year, so they came within a whisker of doing something Villa achieved in the 19th century - winning the league and cup double. We all know who would go on to emulate Aston Villa (and Preston North End)!

Regarding that 1905 FA Cup meeting with "Boro", one of the Spurs team was John Kirwan who played for Spurs between 1899 and 1905. Kirwan was in our historic 1901 Cup-winning side and apparently ran off with the match ball for the 1901 Cup Final, which he kept till his dying day. That was at the great age of 87 in 1959!

We won our 1956 fourth round tie 3-1 with goals by Maurice Norman, George Robb and Dave Dunmore. Spurs' goalkeeper in this game was Ron Reynolds, who apparently was in fine form. Ron Reynolds was ever-present for Spurs in the 1955-56 season from November 5th, and therefore played in all 6 of our FA Cup games that season. We got all the way to the semi-final played at Villa Park, where we lost 1-0 to Manchester City. Reynolds' opposing goalkeeper in that game was the legendary Bert Trautmann. The Haslemere Society has this interesting information about Ron Reynolds following the unveiling of a Blue plaque in his name in July 2019. Ron Reynolds saw out his professional career at Southampton who await the winners of this tie.

Middlesbrough's only major trophy was the 2004 League Cup, won with Steve McClaren in the manager's chair. They beat Bolton 2-1 and the "Boro" team included Ugo Ehiogu, who would become our U-23s' coach until he tragically died in 2017. Bolton's goalscorer was Kevin Davies, who played for Chesterfield in the memorable and controversial FA Cup semi-final (and replay) against Middlesbrough in 1997. Chesterfield fans have never forgiven referee David Elleray for not allowing what would have been a historic goal in the 3-3 drawn semi-final. Nowadays Bolton languish at the bottom of League One, and Chesterfield are struggling in the relegation zone of the National League. How times change!

There are several instances of players who have worn the colours of both these teams including the great Cyril Knowles, who we mentioned in the preview of the away game. Other famous names include Paul Gascoigne, Nick Barmby and Christian Ziege. A less auspicious name and one who ultimately had limited success in England was Mido, who did score on his debut for both clubs. Mido came to Spurs on loan from Roma in early 2005 and scored two goals in his debut game which was a 3-1 home win against Portsmouth. He scored 11 Premier League goals for us in 2005-06, whilst still a loan player, which included goals at home and away against Middlesbrough. Mido's goal at The Riverside in December 2005 was a late equaliser in an all-action 3-3 draw.

Mido had very little game time after we signed him on a permanent basis, and Middlesbrough signed him in 2007 when he scored on his debut away to Fulham. he scored in his next game too, but not again that season. The following year he scored against Spurs in August 2008 in a 2-1 "Boro" win, but spent the second half of that season on loan at Wigan. He never played against Spurs again, and in fact made limited further appearances in England which included a brief loan spell at West Ham in 2010. Mido took up management in his home country (Egypt)

"Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. Spurs drew 0-0 at home to Hull on 16th January, 2010.

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