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Preview Spurs v Bolton, 05.02.02

This match (due to be played on Saturday 26th January) was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, and has been re-arranged to be played at 7.45 p.m. on Tuesday 5th February. The big question for me had been whether or not Anthony Gardner should have to step down for Dean Richards who sat out the marvellous Worthington Cup slaughter of Chelsea. Gardner was part of a superb team performance and the back three gelled really well, with Perry holding the fort centrally, and Ledley and Anthony either side of him. One thing is for sure, and that is that Sam Allardyce will not take this match as lightly as he did when we beat his side 6-0 in the fifth round of the Worthington Cup. Maybe Les Ferdinand will return. I suspect the crowd will be down on the full house for Chelsea, but this is a good chance to mount another double pronged attack on Cardiff!

Here is Brian Judson's preview of the game

The following are the results of our Cup ties against Bolton Wanderers.



24-25   2       H     1-1        Seed
        2R      A     1-0        Lane
34-35   5       H     1-1        W Evans
        5R      A     1-1        G Hunt
        5(2nd R)VP    0-2
47-48   3       A     2-0 [AET]  Duquemin 2
77-78   3       H     2-2        Hoddle Duncan
        3R      A     1-2 [AET]  P Taylor (pen)


96-97   4       A     1-6        Sheringham
01-02   5       H     6-0        Davies Ferdinand 3
                                 Barness og Iversen

I covered in some detail our previous FA Cup ties with Bolton Wanderers in my preview for the League Cup tie last month. In this preview, I will wander down memory lane and recall some of our past FA Cup 4th Round ties. The most memorable one, of course, is our 13-2 thrashing of Crewe Alexandra in February 1960. We had drawn against Crewe the previous Saturday, 2-2. Some reporters had felt that we were very lucky to escape with a draw. The replay was never in doubt. In the third minute, Smith hammered a shot home off the post from a corner taken by John White. Seven minutes later, a Crewe defender slipped to allow Allen to fire Spurs 2-0 ahead. A minute later, Bobby Smith made it 3-0 when he turned sharply on an Allen pass to fire the ball behind the Crewe goalkeeper. Crewe then scored a goal with a 25-yard shot from Coleman. In the 21st minute, Jones pulled the ball back from the bye-line for Harmer to score. Eight minutes later, Allen hit the fifth with a diving header from a centre by Jones. A minute after that, Millar made a mistake to allow Smith to complete his hat-trick. In the 36th minute, Smith scored to make it 7-1 from a pass by Allen. Six minutes before half-time, a long Harmer dribble set up Cliff Jones and in the final two minutes of the first half, Allen added two more goals. The half-time score was 10-1! Spurs eased off after the break. Jones made the score 11-1 after five minutes of the second half from a pass by White. The next goal did not come until the 73rd minute when a drive by Jones was parried by the Crewe goalkeeper and Allen turned the rebound into the goal. A minute later, Llewellyn scored a second goal for Crewe but Jones had the final word in the 79th minute when Jones scored from the penalty spot after he had been fouled.

A year later, we again played Crewe at the same stage. Most of the match saw Spurs put the Crewe goal under siege. The pitch was very heavy and some of the Crewe tackles were very crude. We contented ourselves with a 5-1 victory. That was due more to Williamson, in the Crewe goal, somehow blocking most of Tottenham's shots, than anything else. White was out of touch and Tottenham looked out of sorts. In the first five minutes, Smith had missed an open goal, Blanchflower had been tackled before he could score but Dyson had headed Tottenham 1-0 ahead. Bobby Smith extended Spurs lead after Allen had backheeled the ball. Tighe had then scored for Crewe.Just before the break, Mackay headed in Allen's corner. In the second half, it was almost one way traffic but Spurs could only score twice. Jones turned in a pass from Dyson and Allen pushed the ball home from Baker's centre.

In 1962, we were drawn away to Plymouth Argyle. We outclassed the Pilgrims and our scorers were Greaves 2, Medwin, White and Cliff Jones.

We did not qualify for the Fourth Round in 1963 or 1964 so our next Fourth Round tie was against Ipswich Town in January 1965. It was played on the day Sir Winston Churchill was buried and a minute's silence was held before the match. Greaves scored three, one of which was a penalty and Gilzean scored the other two in a 5-0 thrashing.

A year later, Spurs had one of the most thrilling cup-ties I have ever seen. Burnley were two ahead in the first five minutes, we came back to equalise, they grabbed the lead again and then Spurs scored two very late goals. Greaves scored three whilst Saul scored the second equaliser at 3-2.

In 1967, we were on our way to Wembley for the third time in the decade. We were drawn at home to Portsmouth. There was no score in the first half despite the Tottenham domination of the match. Seven minutes after half-time, England took a free-kick and Gilzean outjumped everyone else to put us ahead. A minute later, Gilzean casually flicked a Robertson cross into the Portsmouth goal to make the score 2-0. Twelve minutes later, Gilzean sent Greaves away. He waltzed round various Portsmouth players before banging the ball into the net with aplomb. Tindall scored a late consolation for Portsmouth.

A year later, Greaves scored twice and Chivers once as we beat Preston 3-1 to avenge our defeat in the 5th Round two years earlier.

In 1969, Spurs beat Aston Villa, 3-2, with Greaves scoring twice, one from a penalty, and England scoring the other.

But in 1970, there was a real shocker. Spurs were drawn at home to Crystal Palace and were held to a 0-0 draw on a mud-heap. Four nights later, a Gerry Queen goal was enough to dump us out of the Cup. Subsequently, five players were dropped from the first team but only Greaves never played again for the first team, subsequently being the make-weight in the deal that bought Martin Peters to Tottenham.

A year later, we disposed of Carlisle United, 3-1. Gilzean, Peters and Neighbour ensured they did not give us too many problems. Neither did Rotherham present many problems in 1972 when goals by Gilzean and Peters ensured we progressed.

But our Fourth Round tie with Derby in 1973 was to be our last Cup-tie at this stage for five long years. We were unlucky to be held at Derby where Chivers scored our goal on a mud-heap at the Baseball Ground. In the replay we were winning 3-1 with 10 minutes left and many people went home assuming we had won. But Roger Davies had other thoughts that night and we crashed 5-3 in extra time. Gilzean and Chivers had given us an early lead and Mike England had taken it to 3-1 with ten minutes to go.

So much for past matches .... what of this weekend's match? Our performance against Bolton in the League was fairly good yet we were still lucky to win 3-2. Our performance in the League Cup is difficult to assess because Bolton did not field their strongest team. Our confidence, however, should be sky high after beating Chelsea to end the jinx they had over us. I think we will beat Bolton but I think we will have to be much more patient in this encounter than we had to be in our last one.


Cheers, Brian

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