Spurs v Bristol City - Martin Chivers comes close. [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Tottenham On This Day: Spurs Are On Their Way To Wembley?


23rd December, 1970

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Bristol City 0 (aet) League Cup Semi-Final (2nd Leg)

Scorers: Chivers, Pearce

Team: Jennings; Kinnear, Knowles; Mullery, England (Pearce), Beal; Gilzean, Perryman, Chivers, Peters, Neighbour

In the 1st leg at Ashton Gate Alan Gilzean headed an equaliser with just under twenty minutes to play after City had taken a second half lead. At White Hart Lane Spurs set about acquiring victory to ensure they reached their first League Cup Final. Having failed to get past this hurdle when they last reached this stage, Spurs were determined to overcome their 2nd Division opponents but City made them work hard and the game remained on a knife-edge throughout. 

Spurs lost Mike England through injury early in the game, an injury that was to keep him out for the rest of the season. Jimmy Neighbour made his full debut and he caused much anxiety to the City defence. In one attempt to take a corner during the match as he went to kick the ball, he kicked the corner flag breaking it in half.

It was goal-less at full-time as City battled throughout the 90 minutes but in extra time Spurs eventually broke the deadlock when Martin Chivers headed in a free-kick from Cyril Knowles after 97 minutes. Success was assured when substitute, Jimmy Pearce, scored a second in the 110th minute.

Spurs were ‘On Their Way To Wembley!”

Tags: 23rd December 1970 Jimmy Neighbour League Cup Semi-final Soccer Tottenham Hotspur