Tottenham on this Day
Tottenham from the Southern League unexpectedly defeated 1st Division Preston North End in an FA Cup 1st Round replay at Preston in 1901.
13th February, 1901
Preston North End 2 Tottenham Hotspur 4 FA Cup 1st Round Replay
Scorers: Cameron, Brown (3)
Team: Clawley; Erentz, Tait; Morris, Hughes, Jones; Smith, Cameron, Brown, Copeland, Kirwan
Having failed to win at White Hart Lane, Spurs were given little chance of surviving this FA Cup 1st Round Replay at Preston. For the replay, however, Spurs were strengthened with the return an injured player, their inspirational captain John Jones who came in for Bob Stormont. The only other change was centre-half Ted Hughes replacing James McNaught who had been a regular in the team which had won the Southern League title the previous season.
Spurs looked a different side Spurs and played with greater urgency, going ahead within six minutes from a goal by John Cameron, their Secretary/Manager.
Two further goals from Sandy Brown gave Spurs a comfortable half-time lead. Preston scored in the second half but Brown completed his hat-trick and although scoring again, Preston were well beaten and Spurs were safely through to the next round.
Julian Holland wrote in his book, Spurs,
‘Davie Copeland, with Cameron and Alexander Brown, formed an all-Scottish inside-forward trio that was as successful and thrustful as any that has worn Spurs’ colours.’
The first stage of a memorable and historic Cup campaign had been successfully completed by the non-League team – Spurs, the giant-killers were on their way. The eleven players who won at Preston would play in all of the remaining FA Cup matches and to go on to bring Tottenham their first FA Cup success in a most memorable season, less than 20 years after the formation of the club by a group of schoolboys, pupils of Tottenham Grammar School.