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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

No one will need reminding about the last occasion when we played Bolton Wanderers in the Football League Cup. Most of us will recall the horror with the memories of that match. Indeed it probably played a great part in the decision of Teddy Sheringham to leave us for Old Trafford. We were heading nowhere rapidly and looked like sinking out of sight.

Our previous Cup tie against the Trotters was in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup in 1977-78. Both teams were fighting it out for the honour of winning the Second Division championship, a feat achieved by Bolton Wanderers ahead of Southampton with ourselves in 3rd place. We were fortunate to draw 2-2 at White Hart Lane thanks to goals by Hoddle and Duncan but although Peter Taylor's penalty forced extra time, we were beaten at Burnden Park.

Curiously, this had been our first cup tie with Bolton since our last spell in the old Second Division. We had been drawn against the Trotters in season 1947-48, the second full peace-time season. Students of our history will remember that we were beaten in the Semi-Final at Villa Park by Blackpool. We won 2-0 at Burnden Park, thanks to two goals by Len Duquemin, but it needed extra time to break the deadlock. It was Duquemin who began the move seconds into extra time. He collected the ball in the centre circle, turned, and ploughed his way through the mud. He bypassed two opponents by selling them a dummy and as Bolton's goalkeeper, Hanson, came out, he shot for the corner of the goal. In the dying seconds of extra time, Duquemin struck again. Cox, soon to leave for Arsenal, tore down the wing and centred the ball. Duquemin dived into the mud like a seal and with his knees skimming through the mud, headed the ball home.

Before that, we have to go back to season 1934-35 for the preceding cup tie against Bolton. We had fought through to the 5th Round despite the fact we were already looking certainties for relegation. We had beaten Manchester City 1-0 at home in the 3rd Round, thanks to Willie Evans and had then beaten Newcastle United 2-0, thanks to two goals by George Hunt. Yet these, incredibly, were our only victories in a depressing run extending back to December 26th 1934 when we had beaten Grimsby Town 2-1, thanks to two goals by Almer Hall, who was making his debut. In fact, we did not win another match until 19th April 1935, when we beat Blackburn Rovers, 1-0, at Tottenham, with a goal by Samuel Bell.

On February 16th 1935, we drew our tie at White Hart Lane, 1-1. Willie Evans scored the goal that forced a replay. Four days later, we again drew 1-1 with George Hunt scoring the goal that forced a second replay. This was held at Villa Park on 25th February 1935 but our luck had run out as we crashed 2-0.

The first ever occasion that we played Bolton in a cup tie was in 1924-25. We had beaten Northampton Town in the 1st Round, 3-0, our goals being scored by Jimmy Seed, Alec Lindsay and Jack Elkes. We were drawn at home against Bolton in the 2nd Round. Spurs had slipped from their high standards of the early 1920s but had not yet slipped down to the wrong end of the table. Both sides played a brilliant game on 31st January 1925. Our goal was scored by Jimmy Seed. He stood on the far corner of the goal area as Dimmock took the corner and the cross was so perfect that Seed scarcely had to swivel his head to nod the ball home. The replay four days later saw Bolton dominate the match but Bolton could not score. Fred Hinton, who was in goal for Spurs that day, caught everything the talented Bolton forwards could throw at him. Spurs literally made only one attack that afternoon, a few seconds after the half-time break. It was Billy Lane who snatched the only goal of the match but it was Hinton and his defenders who earned the plaudits for Spurs' great Cup victory. For it was Bolton who won the FA Cup in 1923, 1926 and 1929, one of the finest sides in the country during the 1920s.

So to tomorrow night. I would be reckless to try to predict how Spurs will play. They are a schizophrenic side at present. On their day, they can play brilliantly and match anyone for skill and effort. Then you have days where Spurs fans are baffled by a team that makes schoolboy howlers and elementary mistakes as at Charlton. But if Spurs play to their potential, they are capable of beating Bolton.


Cheers, Brian

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