Re-live the 1967 FA Cockney Cup Final

Written by Andrew Macfarlane
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The 1960’s was a golden period for Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club. An FA Cup/League Double ensued in 1960/61 before following that up with another FA Cup in 1962.
The Lilywhites also went on to win the UEFA Cup Winners Cup during the 1962/63 season, but it was the clubs third FA Cup triumph of the decade that was the most impressive.

The club had just gone through a break up of their double winning squad and appeared to be on something of a decline with a trophyless run of three years by the time the 66/67 season rolled around.

Fortunately, the club still had players such as youth product Phil Beal, Terry Venables, Jimmy Greaves and Dave Mackay to call upon meaning it was no surprise when the Lilywhites made it to the 1967 FA Cup final.

Dubbed the Cockney Cup Final because the opponents were London rivals, Chelsea, the game was a significant one for Tottenham as it would prove to be the last FA Cup triumph for the club until the 1980’s.

It was also the first ever FA Cup final to be contested between two London Clubs hence the name and saw an incredible turn out of 100,000 fans for the Wembley clash.

Prior to the game, the talented Phil Beal suffered a broken arm ruling him out of the match but heavyweights Venables, Greaves, Kinnear, Mullery, and Mackay were in.

Scotsman Jimmy Robertson gave the Lilywhites the lead just before the break with a low right-footed strike outside the box putting Spurs into the ascendancy at the break.

Things got even better mid-way through the second half as midfielder Frank Saul doubled Tottenham’s lead in the 67th minute by turning a long throw by Dave Mackay into the net with his right foot.

It was almost job done for Bill Nicholson’s men but an 85th minute Bobby Tambling header for the Blues ensured a nervy end to the game.

Needless to say, Spurs held on for their third FA Cup triumph in seven years.

Tottenham’s trophy haul did not end there though as in the early 70’s, the club claimed two League Cup’s and the equivalent of the Europa League.

These days, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are coming under increasing pressure after going trophy-less for ten years, it is a far cry from the hay-days of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s for Tottenham but there is the sense that after a long wait, this could be the year Spurs get back on the trophy trail.
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