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Third round memories

Posted on 2 January 2009  - 12:00

We have reached one of the most famous weekends in the English football calendar as we begin this season's FA Cup campaign with a third round tie against Wigan tonight.

Third round memories

We have reached one of the most famous weekends in the English football calendar as we begin this season's FA Cup campaign with a third round tie against Wigan tonight.

To get you in the spirit of the Cup, here are five memorable third round ties that have taken place at The Lane over the last 100 years, as featured in tonight's programme.

Date: January 9, 1926
Spurs 5-0 West Ham
This was first time we entered the competition at the third round stage. Jimmy Dimmock scored a hat-trick and Frank Osborne added two more goals. However, we went out in the fourth round that year, losing 2-0 at Manchester United in a replay after a 2-2 draw at The Lane.

Date: January 12, 1953
Spurs 9-1 Tranmere Rovers
Third Division Tranmere Rovers had produced one of the results of the day in the third round when they held us to a 1-1 draw at Prenton Park. Two days later though, there was to be no repeat of their heroics. Sid McClellen grabbed a hat-trick with Roy Hollis, Eddie Baily and Len Duquemin hitting two each as we won the replay comfortably.

Date: January 2, 1971
Spurs 4-1 Sheffield Wednesday
We had already booked our place in the League Cup Final and were looking to make it a Wembley double this year, and once the thick fog that had threatened the tie lifted, Alan Mullery, Alan Gilzean (2) and Martin Peters scored the goals that sent us on our way. We lost 1-0 to Liverpool in a sixth round replay at the Lane that year, after a 0-0 draw at Anfield.

Date: January 8, 1983
Spurs 1-0 Southampton
Having won the trophy for the previous two seasons, we were aiming to become the first team to win three successive FA Cups in nearly a century. The Saints were looking to avenge a 6-0 thrashing in the league just a few months earlier, and this cup tie was a much closer affair, with Micky Hazard's solitary goal proving the difference. However, our hopes of re-writing the history books were ended in the fifth round by Everton at Goodison Park.

Date: January 2, 1999
Spurs 5-2 Watford

Exactly 10 years ago today, a Watford side on their way to a second successive promotion were our visitors and took the lead in the opening minute through Richard Johnson before we took control. Two from Steffen Iversen and a Darren Anderton penalty gave us a commanding lead, and although Peter Kennedy hit back, Allan Nielsen and Ruel Fox rounded off the scoring as we marched on to a semi-final defeat at the hands of Newcastle that season.