Spurs v Crewe Alexandra Match Reports
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13.10.1999 League Cup Round 3     Home     Won     3-1  
The general feeling of apathy spilled off the pitch and into the empty seats around the ground during the first half.  It wasn’t for lack of effort on the players part, as Spurs strove to establish a lead, but the absent fans caused a strange atmosphere to start off Tottenham’s defence of the trophy.  For all their attempts, Spurs could not score in the first half.  Leonhardsen’s flying header was saved expertly by Kearton and Armstrong headed Piercy’s inviting centre against a post.  Blocks and deflections also saw Sol and Steve Carr denied, while David was pinging in crosses and shots like a man trying to claw his way to the top of the Carling Opta charts.  Walker had little to do as Crewe passed and moved quite well, but lacked the finish.  The game was played in a very good spirit, with no nasty tackles and some sensible refereeing, that saw Freund go unpunished for two heavy tackles which would certainly have earned him a yellow card in the Premier League.The second half was a different matter.  Crewe started well with Grant having a long shot fly over the bar after Shaun Smith had hit a 25 yard free-kick just over the goal.  It was against the run of play then that Spurs opened the scoring.  A lobbed ball from Sherwood into the box was well controlled by Armstrong and he laid it off for Leo to steer past the keeper.  Carr was unlucky with a run into the box, when Kearton thwarted him, but the keeper was left with a face as red as his teammates shirts when Ginola let fly from 25 yards out. I thought the ball had hit the advertising hoardings behind the goal and I think Kearton thought the same. However, he was embarrassed when the ball struck the foot of the post and went into the net.  Crewe were not finished and decided to show Spurs what they could do and a run by Colin Cramb (who had been having a laugh with Ginola all night down the wing) into the box was ended when Freund (attempting to get out of his way) brought him down.  Shaun Smith stepped up to bury the fifth penalty we have conceded this season.  This meant it was nail-biting time again, but the tie was settled by Tim Sherwood, who capped a quiet night for him by stealing onto a flick-on from Iversen and lobbing the ball over the keeper from the left hand side of  the penalty area.  Other highlights of the second half were a Freund back-heel, Piercy almost grabbing a debut goal but hitting the post, Ginola trying to beat three men in the space of about two yards three or four times.

In the end it was comfortable, but the almost first XI struggled to make headway in the first period. It was good to have Sol back as he made some important challenges to keep the goals against down and the biggest cheers of the night were for his entrance onto the field.  Piercy also caught the eye; still raw for sure, but compared to some of our other striking options, he looks one for the future.  Fulham at the Cottage next, which will be harder and require more application.


Pete Stachio

08.10.1975 League Cup Round 3     Away     Won     2-0

Alfie Conn headed in Tottenham’s second goal from a narrow angle beating Geoff Crudgington in the Crewe goal.

Teams :
Crewe Alexandra – 
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Sub. not used :
Spurs –  Pat
Jennings, Terry Naylor, Don McAllister, John Pratt, Willie Young, Keith Osgood, Alfie Conn, Ralph Coates, John Duncan, Martin Chivers, Jimmy Neighbour
Sub. not used : – Chris McGrath
Attendance : –   10,561

28.01.1961 FA Cup Fourth Round     Home     Won     5-1  

Spurs were visited by Crewe Alexandra for a Fourth Round FA Cup tie which ended 5-1 in Tottenham’s favour. 

Nearly 54,000 gathered in heavy showers for the match, witnessing a fine goalkeeping display from Brian Williamson to keep Spurs’ score down.  Terry Dyson and Bobby Smith were on the score-sheet early on, although Terry Tighe pulled one back for Crewe.  Dave Mackay made it 3-1 before the interval.

In the second half Cliff Jones and Les Allen added further goals to ease Spurs to a 5-1 victory.

Teams :
Spurs –  Bill Brown, Peter Baker, Ron Henry, Danny Blanchflower (c), Maurice Norman, Dave Mackay, Cliff Jones, John White, Bobby Smith, Les Allen, Terry Dyson
Crewe Alexandra –  Brian Williamson, Jimmy McGill, Don
Campbell (c), Stan Keery, Eric Barnes, Jim Shepherd, Billy Stark, Terry Tighe, Alan Foster, Barry Wheatley, Mervyn Jones.
Attendance : –   53,721
Ref. : – Mr. R. J. Leafe (Nottingham)
Linesmen : – Mr. R. A. Chappell (Hants) – Red flag; Mr. B. T. Wickham (Wilts) – Yellow flag

03.02.1960 FA Cup Fourth Round Replay     Home     Won     13-2  

Spurs racked up a record score in this Fourth Round FA Cup replay at the Lane, with ten goals to their credit before the half-time interval.

Bobby Smith opened the floodgates in the third minute with John White’s corner being shot in off a post, then eight minutes later Les Allen got the first of his five goals on the night.  Ten minutes had gone when Smith made it 3-0, but Tim “Nev” Coleman pulled a goal back for Crewe before Tommy Harmer knocked home Cliff Jones’ cross to keep Spurs three goals ahead.

In the 28th minute, good interplay between Jones and Harmer paved the way for Allen to make it 5-1 and straight from the restart Tottenham broke for Smith to seal his hat-trick and on 36 minutes, he got another goal.  John White created Allen’s hat-trick goal and the striker scored his fourth before the break, leaving time for Jones to make it 10-1 just before the teams turned around.

Four minutes after the restart, Jones pounced for his second goal, with Allen making it five for his own tally on 72 minutes.  Bert Llewellyn salvaged one back for Crewe straight away, but a Jones penalty ten minutes from time gave him a hat-trick and completed the 13-2 win in front of a big crowd, who paid £8,875 to see the goal feast.

When Crewe returned home by train, they departed Euston from Platform 13 and arrived on platform 2 at Crewe station !!

Teams :
Spurs –  Bill Brown, Johnny Hills, Ron Henry, Danny Blanchflower, Maurice Norman, Dave Mackay, John White, Tommy Harmer, Bobby Smith, Les Allen, Cliff Jones
Crewe Alexandra –  Dai Evans, James Millar, Don Campbell, G. Jones, Gordon Wilmott, Roy Warhurst, Tim Coleman, Chris Riley, Bert Llewellyn, Stan Kerry, Mervyn Jones
Attendance : –   64,365
Ref. : – Mr. L. Howarth (Yorkshire)
Linesmen : – Mr. F. G. Perkins (Hants) – Red flag; Mr. B. S. Setchell (Beds) – Yellow flag

30.01.1960 FA Cup Fourth Round     Away     Drew     2-2 

Bert Llewellyn and Mervyn Jones scored the two goals that earned Crewe Alexandra a famous 2-2 draw with Tottenham at Gresty Road.

Spurs had gone ahead in the eighth minute when Cliff Jones passed forward to John White, whose cross was headed into the net by Les Allen.  The goal had a detrimental effect on the Spurs game, as they started to take it easy, which back-fired on them when The Alex pulled level seven minutes after the Tottenham goal when Mervyn Jones hit a shot that went in off the bar.

In the second half, Spurs found it hard to pick up their game, but managed to regain the lead as Les Allen set up Cliff Jones for a driven shot low into the net after 77 minutes.  Roared on by a record crowd of 20,000, Crewe responded within two minutes as Bert Llewellyn smashed a shot past Bill Brown to make it 2-2 and then almost grabbed a win but were denied by a full-length diving save by Brown to stop Mervyn Jones’ effort near the end.

Teams :
Crewe Alexandra –  .
Subs not used :
Spurs –  Bill Brown, Peter Baker, Ron Henry, Danny Blanchflower, Maurice Norman, Dave Mackay, John White, Tommy Harmer, Bobby Smith, Les Allen, Cliff Jones
Subs not used :
Attendance : –  20,000