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50 Years Ago.....

Started by Borodin,

Today (Saturday, May 20) marks 50 years since we lifted the 1967 FA Cup – and some of the lesser-spotted stars of that era got back together last month to look back on that memorable triumph.

Right-back Joe Kinnear, centre-half Mike England and outside right Jimmy Robertson – our opening goalscorer in the 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the Wembley final – were all in fine fettle as they recounted tales of that magical cup run under the tutelage of the great Bill Nicholson.Joined by legendary midfielder Alan Mullery, who operated at right-half during that period and eventually took over the club captaincy from the iconic Dave Mackay, the group cheerfully recounted the events leading up to our triumph against the Blues, in which Frank Saul also hit the target for us before Bobby Tambling pulled one back with five minutes to go.

Spurs: Great to see you gents! It doesn’t feel like 50 years ago since that Chelsea final, does it?

Jimmy Robertson (181 appearances, 31 goals, 1964-1968): “It doesn’t actually. Seeing these guys, they don’t look a day older, do they? (Laughs). That’s a lie, isn’t it! No, seriously, it’s wonderful to be back here."

Mike England (397 appearances, 19 goals, 1966-1975): “It’s great because it gives you an opportunity to bump into people like Joe and all the players you used to play with. It’s unbelievable, incredible. We had a super team then in ‘67 when we won the FA Cup and I don’t get the opportunity to see these guys very often, so it’s a great thrill for me to be able to sit down today and just reminisce and just go over the old times.”

Jimmy Robertson: “The final against Chelsea in ’67 was particularly memorable because I happened to score the first goal after Mullers’ shot was deflected back to me. I have to say that! At the time it all happens so quickly but, looking back, it was a wonderful time, a wonderful team and a marvellous day.”Alan Mullery (373 appearances, 30 goals, 1964-1972): “I’ve got to tell you, it was a rubbish shot from me and Jimmy was on the end of it – he smashed it in the back of the net, which was great.” Jimmy Robertson: “Yes, it would just be a typical Mullers shot!”Alan Mullery: “Lovely, I like it! (Laughs). You don’t lose your sense of humour, do you, when you’re with this lot? We were a team of really good footballers that played very, very well for each other."

Spurs: How do you look back on that 1967 FA Cup run now?

Joe Kinnear (258 appearances, two goals, 1966-1975): “With great pride. You wish you could turn the clock back, I wish I was still doing it. It was a magnificent day (when we won the final). Me and Jimmy Robertson were obviously the best two players on the pitch! (Laughs). We tore them apart, overlapping and running up and down that right-hand side. That’s about it really. I’m glad we won.”Mike England: “We played against Tony Hateley up front. When you marked them they were a bit of a handful at that time but on the day we took care of them. To get one over on Chelsea, we loved that!”

Joe Kinnear: “We had a good philosophy because we went to Wembley three times and came away winners three times (we also won the League Cup in 1971 and 1973) so it was a really good record for that squad of players at the time. The only thing we didn’t ever win was the league but I think we finished third that season (1966-67). We were so close that year but it was a shame that we couldn’t win the league because we were good enough to do it.”

Spurs: Of course, that cup run started with a tie against Millwall, who we also faced this year…

Alan Mullery: “Yes, we drew 0-0 with them and beat them 1-0 here. Gilly (Alan Gilzean) scored.”

Spurs: Our biggest victory came against Birmingham City in a quarter-final replay, winning 6-0…

Jimmy Robertson: “Yes, I remember it. We played it here in the replay, it was a very wet night and after having such a tight game up there at Birmingham (0-0) we absolutely smashed them here so it was wonderful.”

Alan Mullery: “Going back to the Nottingham Forest semi-final, which was played at Hillsborough at the time, Jimmy Greaves scored one as we won 2-1. That season, Nottingham Forest were second and nearly won the title, so they were a good side in those days. It was good to beat them and then go to Wembley and beat Chelsea in the final but it was a tough semi-final to get there. Greavsie, who always scored goals, got one of the goals that got us there.”

Jimmy Robertson: “I’m glad of being reminded that it was Greavsie who scored. It was out of nothing…”

Alan Mullery: “Yes, which he did a million times. Out of nothing he would score goals and that’s how good he was. I would say he was probably one of the best I’ve seen at scoring goals. He would love to play today – we would all love to play today – but he was something special at scoring goals. He would score 30-odd goals a season. If he was playing today he’d probably get 60 goals a season – he was that good. The sad part about it is he’s not very well now but, bless him, let’s hope he comes good before long.”

Mike England: “I used to watch Jim playing and putting the ball in the net and thought how lucky I was that I didn’t have to play against him every week because he was just, as Alan was saying, such an incredible player. Him and Gilly between them, as a pair, were just fantastic and then big Martin Chivers came along as well, so we had some good forwards in those days. We had a good side and as Joe commented earlier, we almost did the Double and we should have done the Double because with the team we had, we were underachievers quite honestly. We should have won the Double again and we were disappointed that we didn’t. We were five points off doing the Double again.”

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For the full conversation and video see this link......http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/joe-kinnear-mike-england-jimmy-robertson-1967-spurs-fa-cup-spurs-tv-200517/

Borodin...I cannot believe it's 50 years gone by.....wonderful memories of this game.

 

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6 hours ago, hastingsyid said:

super stuff which will always bring a smile to my face,lets hope this current squad can go on to even better things

We have a better side now than the 67 team, so there is no reason why not, apart from the bonkers money some of the other clubs are paying in transfer fees and salaries.

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1967 was my debut F.A. Cup final, and as a confirmed Chelsea dissenter, the experience will live on forever. It was labelled as the first-ever 'Cockney' final, although both sides would have needed ears of steel to have heard Bow Bells from SW6 and N17, respectively.  That was the time of the emergence of the, now, notorious skinhead, which rendered going in to school the following Monday extremely dangerous at the S.L.S.O.T.C.R.D.M. [The South London School of the Cherry Red Doc Marten... Such happy memories ;]

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On 25/05/2017 at 1:29 PM, SouthLondonSpur said:

1967 was my debut F.A. Cup final, and as a confirmed Chelsea dissenter, the experience will live on forever. It was labelled as the first-ever 'Cockney' final, although both sides would have needed ears of steel to have heard Bow Bells from SW6 and N17, respectively.  That was the time of the emergence of the, now, notorious skinhead, which rendered going in to school the following Monday extremely dangerous at the S.L.S.O.T.C.R.D.M. [The South London School of the Cherry Red Doc Marten... Such happy memories ;]

Yes, I was there as well aged 16.

So lucky to get a ticket. Great day.

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I was in Aden serving Queen and Country so never even managed to see it on TV. As British papers weren't circulated quickly in those days, it was several days after the result when I found out we had won. As I was abroad in various countries between 1960 and 1971, most of my following was on the radio so I was unaware of much that went on except for the results on Saturday nights. Most of the radio was BFBS which was short on football. 

COYS

 

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