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1991 - 25 years on

Posted on 16 February 2016  - 10:28

It's 25 years since our famous FA Cup triumph of 1991 and in this special feature, we'll talk to the men that made it happen, round-by-round...

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Our run to victory in the 1991 FA Cup still evokes memories. Paul Gascoigne's free-kick will win many 'best goal' polls, Gary Lineker laid prone after scoring against Arsenal at Wembley, Brian Clough and Terry Venables leading the teams out hand-in-hand in the final, the crunch of Gazza's challenge with Gary Charles, Paul Stewart's equaliser against Forest and leap over the advertising hoardings, Des Walker's own goal, Gary Mabbutt lifting the trophy.

And yes, it was 25 years ago.

Having overcome a potential giant-killing in round three at Blackpool and a serious test against Oxford in round four, we headed to the south coast and another tricky afternoon against Portsmouth, then in the old Second Division (now the Championship).

That task was highlighted when Mark Chamberlain slotted Pompey into a 1-0 lead in the first half but, again, one man was on a mission in this FA Cup run - enter, Paul Gascoigne.

He levelled with a flying header from Paul Allen's cross before finishing superbly after latching onto Pat van den Hauwe's clearance to send us through to the quarter-finals.

1991 - 25 YEARS ON
February 16, 1991
Portsmouth 1 (Chamberlain) Spurs 2 (Gascoigne 2)
Fratton Park
Spurs: Thorstvedt, Van den Hauwe, Mabbutt, Sedgley, Edinburgh, Allen, Samways (Gray), Gascoigne, Nayim, Thomas, Lineker.
Attendance: 26,049

GARY MABBUTT - CAPTAIN91_mabbsy_250x250
"It’s always a difficult game, you know you are in for a tough one at Fratton Park. We went 1-0 down and Portsmouth were controlling the game. Mark Chamberlain scored, I was playing with him for England at the time. It was a bumpy, mucky pitch, a horrible day, we were 1-0 down and that’s normally the time where people would say ‘Tottenham are going to fail here, do they have the resolve to come back?’ but we showed great character throughout the cup run and at Portsmouth, we needed it. We needed our talisman, Gazza. He scored a fantastic header, unusual for him, to level and one of his dribbles to finish it off. It was another potential banana skin for us but we just scraped through."

PAUL ALLEN - SET-UP GAZZA'S EQUALISER
"Gazza was amazing on that day. I remember speaking to Justin Edinburgh and the way Gazza prepared - I don’t think he slept all night! But he still went out and was our best player and scored twice. That summed Gazza up!"