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FA Cup third round - facts, stats and gallery

07 January 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Our first FA Cup third round tie was back in February, 1899 - and we've played another 130 third round ties since then, including replays. Here are a few facts and stats on what is always one of the most popular days on the football calendar...

First FA Cup run - We first entered the FA Cup all the way back in the 1894-95 season and our first FA Cup tie was a 3-2 win against West Herts on October 13, 1894. We went on to reach the fourth qualifying round in that debut campaign before losing to Luton Town.

First third round tie - After battling through from the third qualifying round, we travelled to Stoke for our first-ever FA Cup third round tie on February 25, 1899. We lost 4-1 in front of 6,000 fans. Our first third round goal was scored by Tom Bradshaw. It was the 10th match of that season's FA Cup run.

History makers - Our first win the third round of the FA Cup was 3-0 at Reading on March 28, 1901. That was also our first third round replay after the initial tie ended 1-1. Sandy Brown (2) and David Copeland were on target. We went on to lift the FA Cup and make history as the first - and still only - non-league team to win the competition. We beat Sheffield United 3-1 in a replay after the initial final tie ended 1-1 in front of a staggering 110,820 at Crystal Palace.

Below: A fan helps clears the snow at the Lane ahead of our third round tie against Burnley in January, 1963


Record winning run - We won eight third round matches on the trot between 1954-1961. After clinching the double in 1961, that run of third round wins ended with a 3-3 draw against Birmingham in January, 1962. However, we won the replay and went on retain the trophy with a 3-1 win in the final against Burnley.

Record unbeaten run - Our best run in the FA Cup third run is 16 matches unbeaten, including replays, between 1979-1989. It began with a 1-1 draw against Altrincham at home in 1979 and ended with a 1-0 defeat at Bradford in 1989. In-between, we won back-to-back finals in 1981 and 1982 and reached the final again in 1987. We went 12 seasons without a third round loss between 1952-1963.

Home sweet home - We're on a run of 15 third round ties unbeaten at White Hart Lane and you can stretch that to 16 if you include the away match against Marlow that was actually played at the Lane in 1993. Our last home loss in the third round was a replay against Villa in 1992.

Recent run - We're on a good run, just one defeat in our last 12 third round ties going back to a loss at Leicester in 2006. We've played at home in the third round for eight of the last nine seasons, including replays - winning seven and drawing one. That includes a run of six straight wins, from Wigan in 2008 to Burnley last season.

Record win - Our biggest win in the third round came in a replay against Tranmere in 1952. Having drawn 1-1 in the initial tie on January 10, we met again two days later at the Lane and ran out 9-1 winners. Sid McClellan led the way with a hat-trick, Roy Hollis scored twice on his debut with further doubles from Eddie Baily and Len Duquemin.

Record loss - Our biggest third round loss is more recent in memory - 1999-2000 - 6-1 in a replay at Newcastle in December, 1999, having drawn 1-1 at home.