Search

Inside Lane: Can Spurs beat Arsenal on the way to FA Cup glory again?

09:30 04 January 2014

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (left) slides in on Arsenal

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (left) slides in on Arsenal's Theo Walcott in September's north London derby

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tottenham blogger George Lacey looks forward to this evening’s mouthwatering FA Cup third round tie between Arsenal and Tottenham at the Emirates.

When the draw for the FA Cup third round was made on December 8, I for one began licking my lips at the thought of another pulsating north London derby.

The prospect of this tie at the Emirates looked a little less appealing as Spurs then appeared to spiral out of control, with Andre Villas-Boas departing after Liverpool thrashed us 5-0 at the Lane.

However, we have looked a more exciting proposition under Tim Sherwood, taking 10 points from a possible 12 in the Premier League – including that victory at Old Trafford - and there is more optimism among Spurs fans going into the derby than there was under Villas-Boas.

Both Spurs and Arsenal have a rich history in the FA Cup, with Arsenal winning the trophy on 10 occasions in comparison to Spurs’ eight – and there have been some historic matches between us along the way.

In April 1991, Paul Gascoigne scored one of the greatest FA Cup goals ever with a 30-yard free kick that screamed into the top right hand corner of David Seaman’s goal.

Sadly I was born six months too late to witness that 3-1 semi-final victory, but a signed picture of Gazza celebrating the goal sits proudly on my bedroom wall. Unfortunately, that was the last time Spurs won the FA Cup and, in my lifetime, I have only seen us lift the League Cup – twice.

Out of Spurs’ eight FA Cup wins, five of them have occurred when the year ends in the number one. However, there was little to smile about in 2001 when Arsenal gained revenge for that semi-final defeat 10 years earlier, beating us 2-1 in another semi-final at Old Trafford after Spurs had taken the lead through a certain Gary Doherty.

Some say the domestic cups have lost their glamour in recent years, but the FA Cup that is so synonymous with the English game still holds a place in my heart. Personally, I’d love nothing more than seeing Tottenham lift the world’s oldest domestic cup competition with the ‘Ossie’s Dream’ anthem ringing around Wembley among a sea of fans in blue and white.

This is a match that doesn’t need any extra intensity, but the fact that Arsenal have downsized our allocation from 9,000 to 5,186 – giving us less than the 15 per cent we should have had and denying lots of Tottenham fans the chance to attend and cheer on the away team – has only helped to stoke the fire.

There’s no doubt we face a tough test today, but Spurs fans can still dream of beating our arch-rivals on our way to FA Cup glory once again.

Follow me @GeorgeLacey_

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino is proud of Tottenham’s passion and character and is pleased that his side are “not a nice team to play” any more – but he admits his players “crossed the line” against Chelsea and must learn to control themselves better in future.

Hampstead captain Steve Clark. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead are aiming to be the first team for five years to retain the Middlesex County League title – and captain Steve Clark believes a fierce competition for places can help his side to keep their crown.

Benham & Reeves' David Price (centre) presents this season's shirt to North Middlesex's captain Tom Nicoll (left) and new coach Dave Robson. Pic: Max Flego

Skipper Tom Nicoll has challenged North Middlesex’s top-order batsmen to give last season’s talisman Evan Flowers more support as the Crouch End club bid to maintain their progress in the Premier Division.

Yesterday, 12:01
Paul Weekes of Hornsey CC

Hornsey batsman Chetan Patel believes the appointment of Paul Weekes as captain is a huge boost to their promotion prospects.

Yesterday, 12:00
Tottenham's Erik Lamela (left) and Arsenal's Hector Bellerin battle for the ball during the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane in March

Tottenham blogger David Lee says it is important for Spurs to finish above north London arch-rivals Arsenal after their title dream was ended by Chelsea.

Yesterday, 11:00
Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson (left) presents overseas signing Glenn Phillips with his shirt. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Captain Adam Wilson hopes Brondesbury can pick up where they left off last season and win promotion this time, having fallen short last campaign.

Yesterday, 10:01
Highgate celebrate after clinching promotion from Middlesex County League Division Three last season. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Highgate are readying themselves for new challenges after going through last season unbeaten as they cruised to the Division Three championship.

Yesterday, 09:01
North London CC captain Sam Bardon

North London’s new captain Sam Bardon is hoping his side can pick up where they left off at the end of last season.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe