1937 Tottenham fans on their way to Liverpool [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Tottenham On This Day: Classic FA Cup Recovery As Spurs Defeat Everton


Tottenham defeated Everton in a classic FA Cup tie with a late recovery scoring three goals in the final minutes to knock out their 1st Division opponents in a replay at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham on this Day

22nd February, 1937

Tottenham Hotspur 4 Everton 3 FA Cup 5th Round Replay

Scorers: Morrison (3), Meek  Dean (2), Lawton

Team: Hall; Ward, Whatley; Buckingham, Rowe, Grice; McCormick, Miller, Morrison, Duncan, Meek

Spurs were a mid-table 2nd Division side and they had defeated Portsmouth (5 – 0) and Plymouth (1 – 0) in the earlier rounds. The 5th Round match in Liverpool had been a dull affair which came to life in the final minutes. Everton were awarded a penalty which the great Dixie Dean took but Jack Hall, an expensive purchase from Manchester United the previous summer, saved the spot kick. A minute later in the 85th minute, Spurs scored through winger Jimmy McCormick, only for Everton who were in the 1st Division, to equalise in the last minute.

Replay at White Hart Lane

The 5th Round Replay, on the following Monday, surpassed that for excitement as Spurs looked to be going out of the Cup until making a dramatic comeback. The pitch had been flooded and conditions were poor but Everton took control and went into a two goal lead. Spurs scored through Johnny Morrison in the 27th minute but in the second half after a Morrison ‘goal’ was disallowed, Everton extended their lead.

With seven minutes remaining, Everton were awarded a penalty but the referee changed his decision as the visitors had taken a throw-in incorrectly. A minute later Morrison scored Spurs’ second, with Everton protesting that it was off-side and then with two minutes remaining Joe Meek equalised with a great solo goal. In the last minute Morrison scored the winner to complete his hat-trick and an amazing come-back by Spurs. It was Morrison’s second hat-trick in the Cup that season, having scored three in the 3rd Round win at Portsmouth.

A Cup Classic witnessed by 46,972 spectators.

The Tottenham team contains few names that Spurs fans will recognise apart from centre-half Arthur Rowe who would later become the club’s manager. He was the creator of Tottenham’s ‘Push and Run’ which under his charge won the 2nd Division and 1st Division titles in successive seasons.

Vic Buckingham may be remembered as he also became a manager on retirement. In England he took West Brom to an FA Cup win and also managed at Fulham and  Sheffield Wednesday while in Europe he was in charge at Ajax, Barcelona, Sevilla and Olympiacos.

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  • Spurs360

    77 years ago, sounds some game, would liked to have been there. Hope not too many left early that day !

    • Logan Holmes

      There have been some really amazing games throughout Spurs history and this is one of them. There are so few records of such games that as time passes they become just a result recorded for the season with scorers but no detail of the excitement and dram that unfolded over the course of the 90 minutes.

      That was a great result for Spurs, considering Ted Sagar, Joe Mercer, Cliff Brittan and Dixie Dean were in the Everton team for both games while Tommy Lawton played in the replay.