10th January, 1914
Leicester Fosse 5 Tottenham Hotspur 5 (FA Cup 1st Round)
Scorers: Bliss (2), Walden, Minter, Cantrell
On this day in 1914 Spurs shared ten goals in an FA Cup match with Leicester Fosse. The club changed it’s name to Leicester City in 1919 when football resumed after the 1st World War. Fosse stopped trading for financial reasons and was reformed as City.
This 10-goal thriller is Spurs’ highest scoring draw in the FA Cup competition. The goals were scored by Fanny Walden, Billy Minter, Jimmy Cantrell, Bert Bliss (2).
In the replay at White Hart Lane, two goals from Walden and Bliss were sufficient to take Spurs into the next round, an away game against Manchester City. For the replay, centre forward Jimmy Cantrell was injured and was replaced by George Gemmell who was making his debut for Spurs.
George Gemmell had signed from Watford the previous October and scored in his four reserve games for the club. His fifth appearance for Tottenham was the FA Cup replay and as it was Gemmell’s only senior appearance for Spurs, he still remains the only player to have made his only appearance for Spurs in the FA Cup. He was transferred back to Watford the following summer.
Tommy Clay played at right back in the Leicester team in the two Cup games but the 20-year-old impressed Tottenham so much that immediately after the replay at White Hart Lane they negotiated his transfer.
Clay was captain of the Tottenham team which won promotion in 1920 but handed the role over to Arthur Grimsdell the following season as Spurs lifted the FA Cup for the second time in 1921. He served the club until 1929 and made over 500 appearances.