Cliff Jones celebrates Spurs first goal scored by Les Allen

Tottenham On This Day: Spurs Score 5 Against Sunderland In FA Cup Replay

Tottenham on this Day:

8th March, 1961

Tottenham Hotspur 5 Sunderland 0 (FA Cup 6th Round Replay)

Scorers: Allen, Smith, Dyson (2), Mackay

Team: Brown; Baker, Henry; Blanchflower, Norman, Mackay, Jones, White, Smith, Allen, Dyson

The 6th replay at White Hart Lane attracted 64,797 supporters willing Spurs to victory.

At Roker Park

Sunderland had had their day in the first game on the previous Saturday. It was a game that had tested the soon to be ‘Double’ winning team to the limit. Sunderland were in the 2nd Division and the atmosphere at Roker Park was extraordinary. Cliff Jones had given Spurs the lead after nine minutes with a header from a partially cleared corner. The rest of the half was tranquil but Smith hit the post just before half-time.

In the second half, however, Sunderland were transformed and forced Spurs to defend. The 61,236 crowd awoke and roared their team to an equaliser. Weaker teams would have succumbed but Blanchflower galvanized the Tottenham team which held out for the replay.

At White Hart Lane

Now it was time for Spurs to show their superiority. Fans had queued for ten hours to get in and with the gates locked half an hour before kick-off, thousands were still outside unable to get in. Those who were fortunate to be inside the packed ground saw Spurs sweep majestically into the semi-final.

The Tottenham players had learned their lesson from the first game four days earlier and they weren’t going to get caught out again. Sunderland started bravely but with almost half an hour played, Spurs scored through Allen and were three ahead by half-time. Five minutes later Smith scored after Jones’ shot had been parried by the goalkeeper and on half-time, John White and Jones set up Dyson for the third.

After 65 minutes Dyson scored his second with a header and five minutes later Dave Mackay completed the scoring.

Burnley were next up as Spurs looked to reach their first FA Cup Final at Wembley and their first final in forty years since winning the trophy in 1921.


Tags: 8th March 1961 Fa Cup Soccer Terry Dyson Tottenham Hotspur

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