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McMordie Posted on 03/12/2019 13:20
Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
 
The first ever meeting between Boro and Spurs in the FA Cup took place at Ayresome Park on Saturday 4 February 1905 (and was, in fact, the first meeting between the sides in any competition).

Spours obviously took the match seriously, as they travelled north as early as the previous Monday, presumably because travelling from London to Middlesbrough was more demanding back then (although ironically I am writing this the day after problems with the overhead lines near Northallerton caused trains between Newcastle and York to be cancelled, causing chaos on the East Coast Mainline).

Spurs stayed in Seaton Carew for the week, apparently wanting to benefit from the North Sea air. In Seaton Carew. In February. There's no record of whether they went out to sea in any canoes or hid in wardrobes.

Boro's preparation included walks in the Cleveland Hills, running on the beach at Marske and work with a ball in Albert Park.

When Saturday came (there's the name of a magazine in there somewhere) Spurs kicked off towards the East End on a pleasant afternoon. Boro had the better of the opening exchanges but it was Spurs who took an early lead. Woodward played in Glen who scored with a hard shot from close range after 7 minutes.

Boro took the game to Spurs in search of the equaliser and a ball across the front of the goal gave Atherton and then Davies an easy chance but both miskicked, before the ball ran back to Davies, who hit the outside of the post. Thackeray then had a good chance but fired across the goal and wide.

The equaliser that Boro had been threatening came on the half hour. Thackeray burst forward for Boro when a Spurs attack broke down and was fouled by Tait. Cassidy took the free kick, which was cleared to Brown, whose shot hit the bar, with Astley netting the rebound.

Spurs increased the tempo and finished the first half strongly, but Boro were again to the fore after the interval. However, they struggled to break down a solid Spurs defence. In the finutes it appeared that their chance had come when Tait handled the ball in the area and both teams stopped playing, but the referee had not seen the incident and waved play on.

Middlesbrough 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1

Att - 23000

Gate receipts - £797.

Boro - Williamson, McCallum, Agnew, Aitken, Jones, Davidson, Davies, Atherton, Astley, Brown, Thackeray

Spurs - Eggett, Watson, Tait, Morris, Bull, Brearley, Walton, Woodward, Glen, O'Hagan, Kirwen

Ref - Mr F Kirkham


Spurs stayed in Middlesbrough overnight before travelling back down to Leigh on Sea to prepare for the replay, which took place the following Thursday (9 February 1905). Boro travelled down to London during the week and went straight on to Manchester after the match ahead of their game at Manchester City at the weekend.

The game drew another 20000 plus attendance (which sounds decent for what was presumably a Thursday afternoon kick off) and gate receipts were in excess of £1000 (Spurs ticket prices must have been higher than Boro's).

Boro started well, with Bell shooting wide when he should have scored but Spurs' defence gradually came to terms with Boro's tactics and the home side came more into the game. Walton won a corner, which was cleared, before a foul by Brearley at the other end gave Boro a free kick which led to a goalmouth scramble, which Spurs cleared.

Williamson was then forced into two sharp saves for Boro, from O'Hagan and Woodward. Glen and Kirwen then both shot over for the hosts as Spurs finished the half strongly.

In the opening minute of the second half Bell got away for Boro but fired over the bar with only the keeper to beat. It proved to be Boro's only second half chance, as Spurs took control. Bull had two good shots for the hosts but Boro's defence was holding home as the clock ran down towards a second replay. Just as supporters were starting to head for the exits, however, Spurs got the all important goal after 83 minutes.

Boro conceded a corner under pressure, Walton crossed it into the box and O'Hagan beat Williamson to stab the ball home

Spurs 1 Boro 0, and Boro were out of the Cup.


Spurs - Eggett, Watson, Tait, Morris, Bull, Brearley, Walton, Woodward, Glen, O'Hagan, Kirwen

Boro - Williamson, McCallum, Agnew, Aitken, Jones, Cassidy, Davies, Atherton, Astley, Bell, Thackeray.

Ref - Mr F Kirkham (Preston)

Linesmen - Mr A Cooper (Bilston) and Mr J C Stark (London).

Spurs went out of the cup in the next round, losing 4-0 in a replay at Newcastle after a 0-0 draw. The Geordies went on to reach the final, which they lost 2-0 to Aston Villa.

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gerry_mander Posted on 03/12/2019 14:58

Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
Thanks for that, I expect they will stay at Rockliffe this time round? the spurs team will be mainly reserve players and regular bench sitters.

however, perhaps they have learned their lesson from this seasons FL cup when they went out at Colchester, Jose wont want to slip up and will be very much looking to win the cup
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atypical_boro Posted on 03/12/2019 15:11

Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
3.5p a ticket. I bet people moaned.[:D]
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coluka Posted on 03/12/2019 15:21

Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
Come on McMordie, stop slacking, you know when erimus74 does these, he always posts the youtube highlights too [;)]
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erimus74 Posted on 03/12/2019 15:26

Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
[:D]
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MightyDuck Posted on 03/12/2019 15:29

Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
"The Geordies went on to reach the final, which they lost 2-0 to Aston Villa."

Forever bottlers
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gerry_mander Posted on 03/12/2019 15:51
Edited On: 04/12/2019 14:37
Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
they didn't bottle it in 1951, 1952 & 1955 when they won the fa cup 3 times in 5 seasons.


(edit: apologies McMordie, it was a genuine typo, I hit the 3 instead of the 2)
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BigUnit Posted on 03/12/2019 17:33

Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
A Tenner a ticket will see a sell out
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McMordie Posted on 03/12/2019 20:15

Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
Hmmm, Coluka.

How about this one instead?

Link:
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McMordie Posted on 03/12/2019 20:18

Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XGwO6cUknU
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McMordie Posted on 03/12/2019 20:29

Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
"they didn't bottle it in 1951, 1953 & 1955 when they won the fa cup 3 times in 5 seasons"


Typical Newcastle supporter, claiming a cup final they didn't win!
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erimus74 Posted on 03/12/2019 20:41

Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
Good enough McMordie [^]
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slavens_holgate_fence Posted on 04/12/2019 08:27

Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
Did supporters travel to away games in these times? I highly doubt it but maybe some could afford to do so....
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stewboss Posted on 04/12/2019 09:15

Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
I worked it out at just over 8p per ticket as there were 240 p to the pound pre decimalisation.
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redwurzel Posted on 04/12/2019 11:45

Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
About 1.5 hours work for a ticket - about £21 in today's money for an average ticket.
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masqueSmog Posted on 04/12/2019 11:54
Edited On: 04/12/2019 11:55
Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.

Sadly I did look at another comparison. The ticket price was about the equivalent of 4 to 5 pints of beer at the time. So the reason to just talk about it in the pub, rather than go, was pretty strong then too.
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dragged_up_in_whinneybanks Posted on 04/12/2019 12:57

Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
It is pointless trying to “big up” the Spurs cup game. They will put a scratch team out and still beat us comfortably. We need Gibbo to have a Pauline conversion and to get Warnock in as soon as possible so that we can avoid the drop.
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Kramer Posted on 04/12/2019 13:55

Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
Spurs were the last amateur club to win the FA Cup, in 1901, as they were then still in the Southern League.
Their cup winning skipper was Jack Jones who had played for Stockton FC in the 1890's when Stockton were a professional club for a short period.
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Ticker_Tape Posted on 04/12/2019 14:05

Boro v Spurs - The First FA Cup Meeting.
First time I seen us play Tottenham was in the FLC in 72, we drew and the one thing that stands out was their goal hit the net stanchion so hard it came back into play and we were sure if they had scored.
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