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Inspiration from '91

Posted on 21 April 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Gary Mabbutt believes we can take inspiration from the unforgettable 1991 FA Cup semi-final as we prepare to take on Arsenal at the Lane on Sunday.

Spurs legend Gary led the side to one of the club's most famous victories that day at Wembley Stadium just over 13 years ago.

We were underdogs on the day. Arsenal had lost just once all season and were chasing the double while Gary admits we'd been 'erratic' in the league and we would eventually finish tenth.

But no-one had accounted for Paul Gasgoigne's greatest day in a Spurs shirt. Gazza, just about passed fit, destroyed Gunners in the first half with his 35-yard free-kick and part in the move that led to Gary Lineker doubling the lead. Alan Smith replied but Lineker had the last word as we triumphed 3-1.

We now face a Gunners side still marching towards the title having lost the chance of a treble with defeats in the FA Cup and Champions League.

"I remember the the 1991 FA Cup semi-final and Arsenal were top of the league, playing magnificently, on a great run while we'd had quite an erratic season and were having a poor run yet on the day we outplayed them," recalled Gary.

"There were so many things happening that week. It was the first semi-final to be played at Wembley, Tottenham v Arsenal, Arsenal were going for the double, we hadn't been doing particularly well in the league but on our day we were capable of beating anyone.

"We had been quite inconsistent. I remember a lot of psychology being used in the newspapers in the build-up with both sides trying to get an upper hand.

"I also remember telling the team beforehand that the Arsenal players had already been measured for their Cup Final suits, so we used a bit of kidology ourselves to get everyone motivated.

"It was a huge game and we went out there and outplayed them at a time when Arsenal were flying.

"It was the last scenario last season at White Hart Lane when I felt we outplayed them again and deserved more than a 1-1 draw. The lads will be up for it and have to believe it can happen again."