12th January, 1953
Tottenham Hotspur 9 Tranmere Rovers 1 (FA Cup 3rd Round Replay)
Scorers: McClellan (3), Duquemin (2), Hollis (2), Baily (2)
Team: Ditchburn, Ramsay, Willis, Nicholson, Gibbins, Brittan, McClellan, Duquemin, Hollis, Baily, Medley
Tranmere Rovers were a mid-table team in the Third Division North while Spurs were in the top half of the 1st Division. They had held Tottenham to a 1 – 1 draw at home the previous Saturday when Les Bennett had been the goal scorer.
The replay was a different matter. Played at White Hart Lane two days later, Spurs had to make four changes to the team as Harry Clarke, Ron Burgess, Les Bennett and Charlie Walters were missing through injury. Colin Brittan, Eddie Gibbins, Sid McClellan and Roy Hollis came in as replacements and helped Spurs win through goals from Sid McClellan (3), Len Duquemin (2), Hollis (2) and Eddie Baily (2).
Gibbins and Hollis were making their Spurs debut and the brief match report on MEHSTG website notes that after a few early chances for Tranmere, once Baily had scored the first, the floodgates opened. Les Medley did much of the work to create many of the goals and was unfortunate not to get on the score sheet. The biggest cheer of the day, however, was reserved for Tranmere’s late consolation goal, ten minutes from time.
The successful team of the early 1950s had not made any impact in the FA Cup and many thought that this could be their year but after nine games, including four replays, scoring 21 goals with nine against, they failed in their fifth semi-final, against Blackpool losing 2 – 1 when a late mistake by Ramsay, led to the winner.
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