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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Burnley, FA Cup Rd 3, 05.01.24

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Spurs' full Cup History v Burnley



05-06   1      H    2-0
08-09   3      H    0-0
        3R     A    1-3
60-61   SF     VP   3-0
61-62   F      W    3-1
62-63   3      H    0-3
65-66   4      H    4-3

14-15   3      A    1-1
14-15   3R     H    4-2


1982-83 5      H    1-4
1993-94 2R/1L  A    0-0
        2R/2L  H    3-1
2002-03 3      A    1-2
2004-05 4      A    3-0
2008-09 SF(1)  H    4-1    
2008-09 SF(2)  A    2-3
Spurs won 6-4 on aggregate
2021-22 4      A    1-0

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"The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It's nothing of the kind. The game is about glory. It is about doing things in style, with a flourish, about going out to beat the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom." - Danny Blanchflower

Eight-time FA Cup winners Spurs meet one-time winners Burnley in a Friday night game, kicking off at 8pm (on ITV here in the UK). Such are the demands of the TV schedulers that ours is not even the first third round fixture being played as Crystal Palace host Everton tonight.

Crystal Palace was the venue when Burnley beat Liverpool 1-0 in April 1914 to achieve their sole FA Cup trophy.

The very first meeting between the two sides was an FA Cup first round game in January 1906. Spurs won that 2-0.

Our most famous FA Cup meetings were the semi-final which we won 3-0 on our way to the 1960-61 double, and the final of 1962, which we won 3-1.

Former contributor Brian Judson wrote the following in November 2002 about some of our FA Cup History with Burnley:-

"In 1960-61, Spurs and Burnley were, respectively, impending and defending champions of the Football League. Purists had hoped the game would be reserved for the Cup Final, but it was not to be. Meeting in the tunnel before the match, Jimmy McIlroy pointed to his claret and blue shirt and said, "We've never been beaten in these colours here!" "Don't worry," Danny said, "we've never been beaten here in our colours either!" (At the time, we were in the middle of a terrific unbeaten run at Villa Park!) And Spurs turned on the style and thrashed Burnley in a manner that deserved more than the three they scored. Bobby Smith scored twice and Cliff Jones once to send the Spurs through to the Final.

A year later, Spurs beat Burnley in the Cup Final. That man Greaves opened the scoring, accelerating past the Burnley defence, over-running the ball, and then cheekily popping the ball into the net. Jimmy Robson pulled one back for Burnley, but Smith thumped one home within a minute and Blanchflower clinched the Cup with a penalty.

Tottenham were dumped out of the Cup the following January in the middle of the coldest winter since 1947. There was very little football played after Boxing Day until early March. The Cup tie with Burnley was postponed and re-arranged eight times before it finally went ahead two and a half-weeks after the original date. It was a thoroughly nasty affair. At least FOUR Spurs players should have been sent off. There was no more ugly sight than seeing Bobby Smith looming over the referee arguing with him. Nicholson did not mince his words after the game and apologised to the fans for a poor performance.

In recent years we have met Burnley more often in League Cup games. There was a 49-year gap between our FA Cup meetings of 1966 and 2015. The 1966 tie was a ding-dong game which we won 4-3 thanks to an Alan Gilzean hat-trick and one goal by Frank Saul. In 2015, the away game was drawn 1-1 before we won 4-2 at the Lane, thanks to goals by Paulinho, Capoue, Chiriches and Rose. Burnley were in the Premier League that year but were relegated before winning the Championship.

Burnley had six more Premier League years before they again won the Championship. However, they are struggling again this season, and survival must be their priority.

For Spurs, the big question is who will be available to play? Son has gone off to the Asia Cup. Suspended Bissouma will be away anyway with Mali for the Africa Cup of Nations, and Sarr (if fit) will join Senegal. With all our continuing absences thrrough injury, Ange Postecoglou has little room for manoeuvre and with 9 days to go before our next game, I hope Ange plays something close to our strongest available team which could be Forster; Pedro Porro, Dier, Davies, Udogie; Hojbjerg, Skipp; Johnson, Lo Celso, Kulusevski; Richarlison.

I also hope, as I have throughout the lifetime of the Spurs Odyssey site, that we can have a decent run and a proper tilt at the cup! Burnley have improved recently and gave Villa a tough game recently, so Vincent Kompany's men should not be under-estimated. Burnley haven't won at Tottenham since 1983 (that was a League Cup shock), and I hope for a 3-1 Spurs win tomorrow.

Match referee Sam Barrott is new to Spurs but has already had charge of 9 Premier League games this season. He was in charge of West Ham's goalless draw with Brighton on Tuesday night.

This year is scheduled to be the last in which replays are held of third and fourth round games.

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