THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

10 January ~ Tottenham’s FA Cup tie with Leicester this weekend is the 12th time the two team have been drawn together in the competition. While the first was a thriller – 5-5 in 1914, with Spurs winning the replay 2-0 – none was more important than the 1961 final.

Managed by Bill Nicholson, Tottenham had already won the League and were aiming to become the first team to win the Double since Aston Villa in 1896-97. Their opponents were Leicester, who had finished sixth in the league. Spurs’ cause was helped greatly when Leicester full-back Len Chalmers broke his right leg after 20 minutes.

Though Chalmers stayed on the pitch, Leicester were effectively playing with ten men for the rest of the match and their resistance was broken after 66 minutes by Bobby Smith. Less than ten minutes later Terry Dyson made it 2-0 and it was game over. Chalmers finally went off with ten minutes to go, with the situation leading to more calls for substitutes to be allowed in the Cup final, though the laws weren’t changed until 1967.

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