Spurs are on their way to Wembley, Tottenham’s going to do it again. They can’t stop ‘em, the boys from Tottenham, the boys from White Hart Lane.
Those Chas & Dave lyrics could soon be ringing true again.
Spurs were a wonderful Cup side back in the 1980s, reaching four Finals between 1981 and 1990 and lifting the trophy in back-to-back years in 1981 and 1982 then beating Nottingham Forest in 1990, with a heart-breaking loss to Coventry in between. It is a record that inspired another record – the musical duo’s famous terrace-pleasing ditty.
Since the Forest game, best known for a moment of madness from Paul Gascoigne which saw the fallen idol once again take centre stage, Spurs have failed to go all the way and reach the Twin Towers/Arch.
For whatever the reason, whether that’s down to a lack of ability, a downscaling of priorities or even an unkind draw, Spurs have been strangers to domestic football’s showpiece occasion.
Even Portsmouth, in 2010, emerged from the wreckage of relegation, to deny them at the final hurdle with a 2-0 semi-final win.
Last year Dele Alli had a shot hit both posts as Crystal Palace make it through to the sixth round at their expense courtesy of Martin Kelly’s match-winner, his first goal for nearly five years.
If you have been following this weeks FA cup news, it just seems that Spurs are not destined to dominate the F.A. Cup in the same way that North London rivals Arsenal have done.
But, without wanting to put the mockers on them, they look primed to buck the trend and make the short journey to a stadium that, even outside of the F.A. Cup, has hardly been a happy hunting ground.
Having easily brushed aside Aston Villa 2-0, a visit from lowly Rochdale awaits in Round 4 – hardly the most frightening of propositions given the 47 league places that exist between the two sides.
With the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ all avoiding each other in the 4th round draw more challenging fixtures undeniably lay ahead should Spurs account for their lower league opponents and progress to the next round.
But title-chasing Spurs will fancy their chances of beating anyone right now; no-one holds any fears for a side that’s in-form and firing in front of goal.
Playing an attractive brand of football arguably not seen since the days of Spurs’ F.A. Cup folklore heroes, Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa, Spurs have risen to second in the Premier League table.
On current form, Dele Alli is as good a midfielder as either Argentinean. The England international is the heartbeat of a team playing with smiles on their faces and oozing confidence in everything they do.
Every trophy-hunting side needs some luck along the way, particularly with injuries, and whilst not reporting aclean bill of health entirely – Jan Vertonghen limped off during the 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion – as things stand Spurs have the manpower to be competing on two fronts: League and Cup.
Baggies keeper, Ben Foster, backed Spurs’ credentials, claiming that Mauricio Pochettino’s side were ‘probably the best team I have played against.’
In that game, Spurs had the rub of the green, with deflections accounting for two of their goals, however the way Pochettino has the side set up, with Kyle and Danny Rose using their pace to get in behind defences and supply the crosses for Harry Kane to finish and Alli causing mayhem elsewhere, Chas & Dave might think it’s high time they brought out a remix of their old classic.