8th January, 1921
Tottenham Hotspur 6 Bristol Rovers 2 FA Cup (1st Round)
Scorers: Bliss, Smith, Cantrell, Seed, Clay (pen), Walden
Team: Jacques; Clay, McDonald; Smith, Walters, Grimsdell; Walden, Seed, Cantrell, Bliss, Dimmock
In January, 1921 following promotion, Spurs, after a disappointing start to the season, were coping well in the 1st Division. Their first game in the FA Cup (1st Round) saw them drawn at home to Bristol Rovers who were in the 3rd Division, their first season in the Football League.
The two clubs had met at Bristol the previous year at the same stage of the competition. Spurs won 4-1 on that occasion and this again turned out to be one of Spurs’ easiest opening rounds – they were one up after four minutes and four ahead by half-time, ensuring a comfortable victory.
After taking an early lead through Jimmy Seed they added to it with a Tommy Clay penalty. Goals from Bert Smith and Fanny Walden gave them a 4 – 0 lead by half-time. Rovers scored early in the second half, before Jimmy Cantrell scored and then after Rovers’ second, Bert Bliss added a late sixth.
The team was captained by Arthur Grimsdell and he was one of served Tottenham from 1912 through to 1929. He and the the players were to become part of the illustrious history of Spurs, nine of them being in the team which lifted the Cup at the end of the season.
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