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A week with Cliff - The Cup of Joy

Posted on 16 March 2012  - 10:00

Fifty years ago this week, Cliff Jones and his double-winning team-mates had just beaten Aston Villa in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and were preparing for their next challenge - the semi-finals of the European Cup.

A week with Cliff - The Cup of Joy

With another FA Cup quarter-final on the horizon, who better than Cliff to rekindle a few memories of those glory, glory days past and talk about the current crop of players determined to write their own history.

In the final part of this week with Cliff, the Welsh flier tells us what the FA Cup and Wembley means to him.

FRIDAY - A SPECIAL DAY, A SPECIAL PLACE


Wembley Stadium will always hold a special place in the hearts of everyone at Spurs - not least those who remember Bill Nicholson's men making history by lifting the FA Cup in 1961.

A conversation with Cliff Jones on the subject only underlines how much it meant to walk out of the tunnel, under the old stadium's Twin Towers, and to take part in arguably the most famous football match of them all.

Cliff experienced it three times, playing twice as we won the FA Cup and therefore the double with a 2-0 win against Leicester City in 1961 and then retaining the trophy with a 3-1 win against Burnley in 1962. He was then an unused subtitute as we toppled Chelsea 2-1 in 1967.

"As a young kid growing up, the FA Cup was the big thing," said Cliff, who scored 159 goals for us in 378 appearances between 1958-1968.

"To achieve something like that, to get to the FA Cup Final at Wembley, was something very, very special.

"It was something every young boy of my generation would have dreamed of.

"Over the years, Tottenham have the reputation of being a cup side because of the amount of times we've won it.

"The FA Cup Final is a day when the country comes to a stop because everyone wants to watch the FA Cup Final.

"Playing at the old Wembley with the Twin Towers, they were so iconic. I suppose it's still a very special place.

"It was, without doubt, one of the biggest days in football and one of the biggest occasions across the world."

It's no surprise that Cliff, who turned 77 last month, retains all the excitement for the competition as quarter-final day approaches again at the Lane, this time against Bolton.

Cliff is at every home game as a matchday host in the Legends Lounge and he can't wait.

"It will be brilliant," he added. "It will be difficult, but we should have the class to come through."