Tottenham On This Day: Endurance Needed To Win Cup Ties In 1970s

On this day, 30th October, 1972, Tottenham demonstrated the endurance that was required to win a Cup tie in the 1970s.

Alan Gilzean scores the winning goal in extra time [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Alan Gilzean scores the winning goal in extra time [Photo: Logan Holmes]

30th October, 1972

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Middlesbrough 1 (aet) League Cup 3rd Round (2nd Replay)

Scorers: Peters, Gilzean

In the days before European football demanded central place in the football calendar, there were no penalty shoot-outs and Cup ties went to second and third replays as required. In this tie Spurs had drawn the first game 1-1 with Boro at their old Ayresome Park through a goal from Jimmy Pearce. The replay at White Hart Lane, the following week, had been scoreless after extra time so a third game was required.

1972 Spurs v Middlesbrough [Photo: Logan Holmes]

1972 Spurs v Middlesbrough [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Spurs won the toss to be at home and the game was played on a Monday evening, 41 years ago today. It was another very close affair but Spurs went a goal down after 8 minutes. Martin Peters headed the equaliser after 30 minutes from Steve Perryman’s free-kick. With the score remaining at 1-1, extra time was required and substitute Alan Gilzean scored the goal to take Spurs in to the next round, forcing home home a Ralph Coates’ cross from the left wing after 118 minutes. In a final effort to equalise Middlesbrough hit the bar and were rewarded with a home game against Millwall which was played two nights later.

In the space of five days, Spurs had defeated Manchester United at Old Trafford (4-1), defeated Middlesbrough (2-1 after extra time) and then overcame Millwall (2-0). Nine of the players played in all three games and they earned a point at Birmingham the following Saturday.

This was a very successful campaign for Spurs as they went on to defeat Norwich City at Wembley to win the League Cup trophy for the second time in three years, the first club to win it twice.

Team: Jennings; Evans, Knowles, Pratt (Gilzean), England, Dillon; Pearce, Perryman, Chivers, Peters, Coates

Topics: 30th October 1972, League Cup, Middlesbrough, Soccer, Tottenham Hotspur

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