Tottenham On This Day
On their way to the Double, Tottenham defeated Crewe Alexandra at White Hart Lane in a repeat of the previous season’s FA Cup 4th round tie.
28th January, 1961
Tottenham Hotspur 5 Crewe Alexandra 1 (FA Cup 4th Round)
Scorers: Dyson, Smith, Mackay, Jones, Allen Tighe
Crewe must have arrived at White Hart Lane for the 4th Round game, with worries of a repeat of the previous season’s record defeat on their minds. Having lost 13-2 in a replay at the same stage of the FA Cup, twelve months earlier Crewe were determined to give a better account of themselves.
At the time of the match Crewe were 8th in the old Fourth Division, 13 points behind leaders, Crystal Palace. Spurs, of course, were 8 points clear at the head of the 1st Division and had suffered only two defeats all season. It was a difficult challenge facing Crewe whose fears must have been raised when Spurs scored an early goal. Spurs won easily and it was only the performance of the Crewe goalkeeper, 21-year-old Brian Williamson, which kept the score down. The following day’s match report suggested that,
Spurs took the lead in the fourth minute through Terry Dyson, when he headed home a cross by Danny Blanchflower. They went further ahead after 22 minutes with a goal from Bobby Smith, assisted by Les Allen. Crewe scored in a breakaway with a snap shot from Terry Tighe which took Bill Brown by surprise as it glanced off the post. Dave Mackay scored another before half-time with a header from a corner by Allen.
But for him, the score could have been 10 – 1.
After the interval Cliff Jones and Allen, the two ‘tormentors-in-chief’ from the previous season completed the goal scoring. Jones tapped in after a shot by Dyson and Allen’s header from a cross by Peter Baker made it five.