11 Things You Need To Know About Tottenham Hotspur’s FA Cup History

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Spurs take on Watford tonight in the FA Cup fourth round, here is everything you need to know about the Lilywhites' cup exploits over the years...

Way back in 1901, Spurs became the first non-league team to win the FA Cup following the formation of the football league in 1888, beating Sheffield United 3-1 in a replay at Burnden Park after the teams had drawn the first match 2-2 at Crystal Palace in front of 110,820 supporters.

The Lillywhites then had to wait 20 years to reach the final again and emerged victorious, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the 1920-21 season.

Years ending in one are considered to be Tottenham's year, and it’s easy to see why. Following another 40-year absence from the FA Cup final, they again won the cup in 1960-61, beating Leicester City 2-0 in the club's first FA Cup appearance at Wembley Stadium.

The 1960s were a golden period for Spurs, as they successfully defended the cup in 1961-62 beating Burnley 3-1, and won it again in 1966-67, defeating Chelsea 2-1. This meant they had an FA Cup final record of played five, won five.

That record was to continue in, you guessed, another year ending in one. They beat Manchester City 3-2 in a replay remembered for Ricky Villa's brilliant solo goal in 1980-81, and then defeated QPR 1-0 in another replay the year later.

All good things come to an end though, and in 1986/87, the club finally tasted defeat in an FA Cup final, losing 3-2 in a thriller against Coventry City.

Since then, Spurs have appeared in one more FA Cup final, in 1990-91, defeating Nottingham Forest 2-1 in a match which is famous for Paul Gascoigne badly injuring his knee after flying into a bad tackle. That makes it eight wins from nine finals.

Spurs’ record victory came in an FA Cup match in the way to victory in 1960-61, when they beate Crewe Alexandra 13-2.

The club also recorded its record attendance in an FA Cup tie in 1938 when 75,038 crammed into White Hart Lane to see the match against Sunderland.

Jimmy Greaves, considered by many as the finest English striker to have played the game, is the club’s record scorer in the FA Cup with 32 goals in 36 games.

Spurs will go in to tonight's game confident of victory. The club has played Watford four times in the FA Cup, and won all four matches. In 1921/22, Spurs won 1-0 at home, in 1938/39 they hammered The Hornets 7-0, in 1986/87 the result was 4-1 and in 1999/00 Spurs won 5-2.

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