Tottenham on this Day
Two goals each from Bobby Smith and Jimmy Greaves took Tottenham to an FA Cup 5th Round win over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns in February, 1962 as they continued in their quest to retain the trophy.
17th February, 1962
West Bromwich Albion 2 Tottenham Hotspur 4 FA Cup 5th Round
Scorers: Smith, Kevan Smith (2), Greaves (2)
Team: Brown; Baker, Henry; Blanchflower, Norman, Mackay; Medwin, White, Smith, Greaves, Jones
In their efforts to retain the FA Cup the 5th Round draw required Tottenham to travel to the Midlands for the second time in the 1961-62 campaign. Having played Birmingham City in the 3rd Round, Spurs now faced West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
A difficult match was expected especially as Spurs had played in Prague in the European Cup during the week. Tottenham started well and Bobby Smith scored after 8 minutes, diving bravely between two defenders. Smith had just returned to the team the previous weekend, scoring in a win over Nottingham Forest, having been out since early December. The game was fast and exciting with both goalkeepers busy and Bill Brown had to be at his best to keep out Albion. The second goal didn’t come until a minute before half-time with Smith scoring again from a 40 yard pass by Ron Henry.An injury to Cliff Jones restricted his movement and effectiveness and three minutes into the second half Albion scored through Keith Smith. Brown again produced wonder saves to keep Albion at bay as Spurs defended in depth against a determined home side. In the 75th minute Terry Medwin set Jimmy Greaves free with a chipped pass and the goalscoring genius dribbled round the goalkeeper to restore the two goal advantage. This was short lived as four minutes later West Brom again reduced Spurs’ advantage to a single goal with a header by Derek Kevan. In a tense finale, Greaves scored his second a minute from time, dribbling in from the left and from an acute angle crashed the ball into the net.