Jimmy Greaves in FA Cup semi-final [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Tottenham On This Day: Spurs Defeat Manchester United In Cup Semi-Final


Spurs continued on their way to Wembley defeating Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough.

31st March, 1962

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Manchester United 1 FA Cup Semi-final at Hillsborough

Scorers: Greaves, Jones, Medwin   Herd

Team: Brown; Baker, Henry; Blanchflower, Norman, Mackay; Medwin, White, Smith, Greaves, Jones

A second successive semi-final victory as Spurs endeavoured to retain the Cup. Victories over Birmingham City, after a replay, Plymouth Argyle, West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa had brought Spurs to this stage. United were in the lower half of the 1st Division but it would be a difficult game as the teams had drawn 2 – 2 at White Hart Lane and Spurs had lost by the only goal of the game earlier in the season at Old Trafford.

The headline in the following day’s paper was:

It’s Glory-Glory Spurs

Goals from Jimmy Greaves, Terry Medwin and Cliff Jones ensured that Spurs won comfortably and returned to Wembley to meet, Burnley, the team they defeated in the previous year’s semi-final.

Greaves and Jones gave Spurs a two goal half-time lead. Greaves opened the scoring after 4 minutes with Jones adding the second on 23 minutes. United scored with seven minutes remaining through David Herd but Medwin ensured Spurs victory, scoring three minutes later.

Tags: 1962 FA Cup Semi-final Jimmy Greaves Soccer Tottenham Hotspur

  • chris

    What a team. The double team, but including Jimmy Greaves. Watch the cup final dvd from that year every now and then !

    • Logan Holmes

      Great times – will we ever see the like of it again? Probably not.