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Spurs full record against Everton in Cup competitions (Thanks to Declan Mulcahy for additional research):-


Season    Rd   H/A/N  RESULT  Scorers

1903-04    1     A    W 2-1   Woodward, Balmer (o.g)
1907-08    1     A    L 0-1
1933-34    3     H    W 3-0   Howe, Hunt, W. Evans 
1936-37    5     A    D 1-1   McCormick
1936-37    5R    H    W 4-3   Meek, Morrison (3)
1949-50    5     A    L 0-1
1971-72    5     A    W 2-0   Gilzean, Peters
1982-83    5     A    L 0-2
1985-86    5     H    L 1-2   Falco
1994-95   S-F    N    L 1-4   Klinsmann (Pen)  

This will be the first meeting of Spurs and Everton in the League Cup competition.

No-one will wish to be reminded about the last Cup meeting between the two sides. 38,226 people made it to (the rare choice of) Elland Road for the first semi-final of the day on April 9th 1995. This had been the season of Spurs' "Famous Five"; the season that Alan Sugar successfully won an appeal against a points deduction and expulsion from the FA Cup. It was the season of Klinsmann; of Ronnie Rosenthal at The Dell; of quarter-final victory at Anfield.

Everton fans occupied three sides of Elland Road, with Spurs in the massive main stand. Many pundits thought that Spurs' name was on the cup, but we travelled back down the M1 with our tails well between our legs as Stuart, Jackson and two-goal hero Daniel Amokachi gave "The Toffees" a 4-1 victory. Spurs had only a Klinsmann penalty to their name. Everton went on to beat Manchester United 1-0 in the Final. Other than 2008 winners Portsmouth, Everton were the last side outside "The Big Four" to have won the coveted FA Cup. Amokachi was apparently sent on to replace Paul Rideout by mistake in our semi-final. Rideout went on to score the winner at Wembley.

Everton have never won the League Cup, but were beaten finalists in 1977 (Aston Villa) and 1984 (Liverpool).

we have to go back a further 9 years to March 1986 for the preceding Cup meeting between the two sides. A certain Gary Lineker was one of the Everton scorers that day, with Adrian Heath scoring the other goal, whilst Falco scored for Spurs. Lineker wasn't the only Everton man to later join Spurs, as Everton included Pat Van den Hauwe.

Going back to the 1982-83 season, a depressing pattern started as Spurs lost at Goodison Park in the 5th Round of the FA Cup. Graeme Sharp and Andy King scored the goals. On a more cheerful note, Spurs won the meeting in 1972 with Gilzean and Peters the scorers.

In the 1937 5th Round replay Spurs were losing 3-1 with seven minutes remaining. The referee awarded Everton a penalty. However the linesman had his flag raised.

After consulting with the linesman the referee cancelled the penalty because the Everton movement which resulted in the penalty resulted from a foul throw by Everton. According to the laws of the game apparently, the penalty should have stood notwithstanding the foul throw.

Spurs then scored three goals in the last seven minutes with the winning goal coming seconds before the final whistle. Joe Mercer described this as the greatest game he had ever played in, despite finishing on the losing side.

Bearing in mind the fact that both clubs have rarely been absent from the top flight over the last 60 years, it is surprising that they have met only 5 times in Cup competition over that period.

In their one game required to reach this stage, Everton thrashed Hull away 4-0, with goals by Yakubu, Jo, Gosling and Osman. They will have to face us with injuries to key players such as Pienaar, Neville, Jagielka and Arteta. Yakubu, Yobo, Leighton Baines and recent signing Diniyar Bilyaletdinov are also battling for fitness. Everton's side on Sunday was Howard; Hibbert, Heitinga, Distin, Neill; Cahill, Gosling, Fellaini, Rodwell; Saha and Jo.

Everton have got their excuses in early for this game, complaining about having to play three games in 6 days. They haven't been doing so well either, losing 5-0 to Benfica in the Europa Cup, and 3-2 on Sunday at Bolton. Spurs suffered similar problems in April 2007, having to play Chelsea away on a Saturday lunch-time after a UEFA Cup game on the preceding Thursday night. It's happened before and will happen again, but the TV companies usually look after the "Big Four", don't they?. (Arsenal are on TV on Wednesday)

Both teams will want to win this competition, and therefore will want to field the strongest team available. In Spurs' case that will exclude the suspended Defoe and the injured Modric and Woodgate from the outset. We can surmise that Ledley King and Aaron Lennon will also take no part, and we can hope that both will be available for our trip to Arsenal on Saturday. Niko Kranjcar is cup-tied.

A possible Spurs side is Cudicini; Naughton, Dawson, Bassong, Hutton; Bentley, Huddlestone, Jenas, Bale; Crouch, Pavlyuchenko with Gomes, Palacios and Keane amongst the substitutes.

With personal fitness and the crowd on their side, I'll take Spurs to edge it 2-1, but I just hope the match does not go into extra time, as I have a train to catch!

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