The FA Cup 3rd Round draw was made at Wembley by former Tottenham captain Ledley King and Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba. The matches are to be played over the first weekend of January. Both King and Muamba retired from football during the summer – King due to the injuries which have been a constant presence with him through the last number of years and Muamba’s career was cut short due to the cardiac arrest he suffered at White Hart Lane during last season’s 6th Round tie.
Tottenham who have won the FA Cup on eight occasions were club Number 39 in the draw. Gary Mabbutt was the last Tottenham captain to lift the trophy in 1991 after a 2 – 1 victory over Nottingham Forest.
3rd Round Tie
King drew the home teams and his third pick was number 39, Tottenham Hotspur at home to Coventry City.
Tottenham have a long tradition in the FA Cup from their non-League days, winning the trophy for the first time in 1901, defeating Sheffield United after a replay. They became the only non-League club to win the trophy and followed that success with their second win twenty years later, defeating Wolverhampton Wanderers. It was another forty years before Spurs lifted the trophy but they did it in the most glorious of fashion, as they completed the elusive League and FA Cup ‘Double’.
Spurs retained the Cup a year later and defeated Chelsea to win it in 1967. Ricky Villa became a Spurs ‘Legend’ with his wonder winning goal in the 1981 replay win over Manchester City. A year later Spurs again won the trophy and their last success was twenty one years ago when Mabbutt lifted the trophy.
Tottenham’s only FA Cup Final defeat was in 1987 when they lost 2 – 3 to Coventry City.
Coventry who are currently 15th in League One defeated Morecambe 2 – 1 in the 2nd Round and were also at home in the 1st Round, winning 3 – 0 against non-League Arlesey.
Will this be the start of the ‘Road to Wembley’ for Andre Villas-Boas’ team?