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West Brom v Spurs - back in time

04 December 2015|Tottenham Hotspur

We first played West Bromwich Albion back in April, 1901 - one of the most important matches in our history.

We took on the Baggies - then in the old Division Two - in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Villa Park.

Led by player-manager-secretary John Cameron - one of the club's all-time key figures - we had won the Southern League crown in 1899-1900 and were now on course for what seemed an impossible dream, winning the FA Cup as a non-league side.

But that dream was quickly becoming reality as wins over Preston, Reading and Bury set-up the semi-final against West Brom on April 8,

Hoardes of Spurs fans made the trip to Birmingham and were rewarded by a virtuoso display from Alexander 'Sandy' Brown, who scored all four goals in a convincing 4-0 victory in front of 46,000.

The biggest game - and still, arguably, biggest achievement in the club's history - arrived later that month as we took on Sheffield United in the FA Cup Final.

Below: The directors - including John Cameron - with the FA Cup in 1901


The initial final attracted a then-world record crowd of 114,815 to Crystal Palace and Brown scored twice again in a 2-2 draw.

The replay followed a week later at Bolton's Burnden Park, April 27, 1901, when goals from Brown, Cameron and Tom Smith secured a 3-1 win.

The team returned to a hero’s welcome at South Tottenham station at 1am the next day, with at least 30,000 supporters cheering them as they went by procession to the clubhouse, accompanied by fireworks and Tottenham Town Band playing 'See, The Conquering Hero Comes'. One newspaper reported 'there were so many people, so tight together, you could have walked on their heads'.

Tottenham Hotspur remain the only non-league team to lift the FA Cup since the formation of the Football League in 1888.