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FA CUP

Season   Rd  H/A  Result   Scorer(s)
1914-15   2   A   L 2-3    Cantrell, O.G.
1958-59   5   H   D 1-1    Jones
1958-59   5R  A   L 0-1    -
1983-84   4   H   D 0-0    -
1983-84   4R  A   L 1-2    Falco
1992-93   4   A   W 2-0    Sheringham (2)

LEAGUE CUP

Season   Rd  H/A  Result   Scorer(s)
1972-73   F   N   W 1-0    Coates
1991-92  Q-F  H   W 2-1    Lineker, Walsh
2012-13   4   A   L 1-2    Bale

Come on Spurs! Let's be having you!

For the first time, this year's FA Cup Fifth Round ties are all being played in midweek. This change to our calendar was made to accommodate the mid-season break last month. Arsenal won at Portsmouth last night so are the first known quarter-finalists. Three ties are being played tonight (Tuesday) , and three tomorrow when we host Norwich for a 7.45pm kick-off. If you are in the UK you can watch our game via the BBC red button service, or perhaps find an appropriate channel on your choice of TV delivery service. All ties in this round will be decided on the night with extra time and penalties if required. The quarter-final draw is being made after the Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City game tomorrow, before all games have been completed as Derby face Manchester United on Thursday night.

Norwich managed a surprising but crucial win last Friday against high-flying Leicester City. It was 15 years to the day after Delia Smith cried out at half time to Carrow Road fans "Let's be having you!" in a match against Manchester City. City won that day and Norwich were relegated that season. City were Norwich's victims in one of this season's early games, and as Leicester learnt on Friday, no-one should under-estimate the "Canaries"' ability to beat any opposition.

Spurs, after all, have had enough trouble in this season's Premier League meetings with the Norfolk club. In late December we relied on goals by Christian Eriksen (a free kick) and Harry Kane (a penalty) to secure a draw. In the return on January 22nd a 79th minute goal by Son gave us a narrow win. Eriksen has gone. Kane and Son are injured. This will be a difficult cup tie.

Since we last met Norwich in the FA Cup (in January 1993) the two clubs have met just once in cup competition. That was a Halloween 2012 League Cup meeting at Carrow Road which we lost 2-1. Norwich were managed at the time by Chris Hughton, who was sacked towards the end of the 2013-14 season. Hughton's next job was at Brighton who appointed him in December 2014. Brighton dispensed with his services last year, and Chrissie is still looking for a job at the time of writing.

That October 2012 meeting with Norwich was not a happy affair. Gareth Bale gave us a 66th minute lead but we succumbed to late goals by Vertonghen (own goal) and Simeon Jackson. Jackson only scored three goals for the "Canaries" in his third and last season at the club, and one of them came against Tottenham. He probably remembers it with fondness. Jackson (now 32) is probably what you might call a journeyman footballer and is currently playing for the Football League's bottom club - Stevenage. Clint Dempsey even hit a late penalty straight at goalkeeper Bunn to pass up the chance of an equaliser.

Spurs have won two out of three League Cup ties against Norwich. Most famously of course in the 1973 Final at Wembley when substitute Ralph Coates scored the winning goal.

That was the League Cup. This is the fifth round of the most prestigious domestic cup. One that has very sadly eluded us since 1991. We do have a better FA Cup record than Norwich, but we most certainly do not have a good FA Cup record against the Norfolk team. Indeed, our only victory against the "Canaries" came in our last meeting in the fourth round in January 1993. Then we won 2-0 with Teddy Sheringham scoring both goals.

In 1993 Norwich were managed by Mike Walker (father of Ian Walker who would keep goal for Spurs). In goal was Bryan Gunn - father of Southampton keeper Angus Gunn who conceded the late penalty that enabled Spurs to reach this stage of the competition. The Norwich team included three former Spurs players - Ian Culverhouse, Mark Bowen and John Polston and one future Spur - Ruel Fox.

In 1993 Spurs went on to lose the first of seven successive semi-finals. They lost to the team they had famously beaten in 1991. It wasn't the last semi-final we lost to our nemesis either. Norwich have never reached the FA Cup Final (they have twice won the League Cup). The "Canaries" last reached the semi-final in 1992 when they lost to Sunderland - who would lose the final to Liverpool.

Norwich have only ever reached the FA Cup semi-final three times. The first of these was in 1959 when they were a third division side. Bill Nicholson's Spurs were the victims of what was considered a "Giant Killing"

Spurs were captained that day by Bobby Smith. White Hart Lane was packed with a reported crowd of 67,633. Allcock gave Norwich a shock 64th minute lead, and Spurs were rescued by the great Cliff Jones, who recently celebrated his 85th birthday. Looking at the Pathe News video it looks as if Jones' shot took a deflection on its way into the net too.

The replay was played 4 days later, and Norwich were the victors with their goal scored by Terry Bly. Eddie Clayton, who was a half-time guest for our recent home game against the "Canaries" was in the Spurs team for the replay. Goalkeeper John Hollowbread had taken over from Ted Ditchburn early in the season and played 40 games in 1958/59 - the most he ever played in a season. Bill Brown arrived in 1959. Norwich lost their 1959 semi-final to Luton, who in turn would lose the final against Nottingham Forest. Terry Bly would have his own dream season during 1960-61. Playing for Peterborough United in their inaugural year in the Football League he scored 52 league goals the highest total in relatively modern times.

Turning back to tomorrow night's game, Daniel Farke's selection will be interesting, as his team does face a crunch game on Saturday afternoon at Bramall Lane. However, the "Canaries" have apparently taken their full 9,000 allocation for the game, so Spurs will face a strong "twelfth man".

In his press conference Farke said:- "We won't change all eleven positions tomorrow, because it is too important. But there will be a few players tomorrow in the starting line-up who weren't in it last week. Players who don't play every minute are still incredibly important." Farke has also indicated that both Pukki and Tettey are 50/50 for this game.

As for Spurs, Ryan Sessegnon has returned to full training, and Erik Lamela will be assessed ahead of the game. Hugo Lloris is still not available, along with Kane, Son and Sissoko. I am assuming that Jose will make a couple of changes at least with Alderweireld and Vertonghen starting this game. Troy Parrott played 45 minutes last night for the under 23 team, having scored their first goal, and I suspect will have some involvement tomorrow. I doubt he will start though.

As for a prediction, it remains impossible to be confident about a Spurs team against any opposition at the moment, but I do think we will win, and I will say 2-0. Come on Spurs! Let's be having you!

Sunday's referee Stuart Attwell is the VAR for this game, whilst Paul Tierney will be the man in the middle. This will be Mr. Tierney's first game in the middle at the new stadium, and only the fifth time he will referee a Spurs game. His only other "home" game was the Fifth round replay at Wembley two years ago when we beat Rochdale 6-1. Our scorers that day were Llorente (3), Son (2) and Kyle Walker-Peters. None of them are available tomorrow either!

"Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. On March 6th 2010 we played a 6th Round FA Cup game and drew 0-0 at Craven Cottage.

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