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Exclusive - Lineker on '91

Posted on 22 January 2015  - 13:00

As we prepare to face his boyhood team and first club Leicester City in the FA Cup on Saturday, legendary former striker Gary Lineker has been reminiscing about our famous victory in the competition in 1991.

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Leicester-born, Gary made his name at the Foxes, the first steps on the path that would see him become the greatest striker of his generation.

Gary scored 103 goals during his time at Filbert Street and that mark would eventually reach 281 in 568 matches over a 14-year career at the top level, taking in spells at Everton, Barcelona and here at Spurs before ending his career in Japan.

Second to Sir Bobby Charlton in England’s all-time goalscoring list with 48, Gary scored 80 goals in 138 for us between 1989-1992, a golden spell that including his only trophy in England, our FA Cup triumph in 1991.

"It was a terrific cup run and remembered for a couple of reasons, obviously the final and the desperate scenes with Gazza but also the semi-final, which aren’t always remembered, but the fact that it was Arsenal and we gave them a good beating - and at Wembley, the first to be held there - it was a wonderful experience," reflected Gary.

"It was Gazza’s cup in many ways as he almost dragged us there single-handidly in some ties, the unbelievable goal in the semi-final - I got a couple as well - and then what happened in the first few minutes of the final. But ultimately we managed to win it.

"It’s always huge to beat Arsenal and the fact that it was an FA Cup semi-final and the first to be played at Wembley contributed massively.

"Having said that, the important thing was to then win the final otherwise it wouldn’t have counted nearly as much.”

Look out for the interview in full and Gary’s thoughts on Gazza’s influence on our 1991 team in our official matchday programme on Saturday - available here…