Tottenham On This Day
New Tottenham signing, Martin Chivers, scored twice to earn Spurs a draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the FA Cup 3rd Round.
27th January, 1968
Manchester United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 2 (FA Cup 3rd Round)
Scorers: Best, Charlton Chivers (2)
Team: Jennings, Kinnear, Knowles, Mullery, England, Mackay, Robertson, Gilzean, Chivers, Venables (Jones), Beal
The FA Cup draw had given Tottenham a difficult 3rd Round tie at Old Trafford in their first game in defence of the trophy they had won at Wembley the previous May. Spurs, however, earned a replay in a thrilling action-packed game with a last minute equalizer from Martin Chivers.
Mike England returned to the team, having been out for two months with injury but as Bill Nicholson made a tactical switch Jimmy Greaves was left out with Phil Beal introduced as an extra defender.
Martin Chivers was making only his third appearance for Spurs since signing from Southampton for £125,000 earlier in the month. He scored after four minutes but United were level within two minutes through George Best but many thought he had fouled his fellow-countryman, Pat Jennings. Half way through the second half, United took a lead with a deflected shot from Bobby Charlton. It was an advantage which they looked like holding until Chivers’ last minute strike was allowed after an agonising wait while the referee consulted with his linesman.