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Hold Tight!

Andy Greeves takes a look at how our defence of the 17 major honours we have claimed to date has fared and the trophies we have managed to keep a grip on for consecutive seasons.

The players celebrate after retaining the FA Cup in 1962.

The FA Cup has been won by the same club for two or more consecutive years on eight occasions. Ourselves, Blackburn Rovers and Wanderers FC – who were dissolved in 1887, only to reform in 2009 – are the only teams to have twice managed the feat of back-to-back FA Cup victories.

The final competitive fixture of our Double-winning campaign of 1960-61, that also saw us lift the Football League championship trophy for a second time in our history, was the FA Cup Final against Leicester City. Goals from Bobby Smith and Terry Dyson saw us defeat the Foxes 2-0 at Wembley Stadium on May 6, 1961.

Our defence of the FA Cup during the 1961-62 season began at Birmingham City on January 6, 1962, where we drew 3-3. A replay at White Hart Lane some four days later saw Jimmy Greaves, Les Allen and a brace from Dyson see off the Blues with a 4-2 win. We made light work of Plymouth Argyle in round four, with Medwin, John White and Cliff Jones on the scoresheet in a 5-1 victory, while Jimmy Greaves bagged a brace. Greaves again scored two as we overcame West Bromwich Albion 4-2 at the Hawthorns in round five, with Bobby Smith also getting a double.

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