1960-1970 Overview

Tottenham met Leicester City in the 1961 FA Cup final and set out to seal their historic season with an outstanding display. Spurs were in search of ‘the double’ after winning the league a few weeks before. Leicester put up a gallant fight and looked the better team early in the tie. However the pressure on Spurs eased when City’s full back Len Chalmers was carried off injured.

Against ten men, the north London side won 2-0. The spotlight on the FA Cup remained on Spurs the following season as they won it for the second successive season thanks to goals by Smith, Greaves and Blanchflower. Leicester City was defeated once again in 1963, this time to Manchester United, 3-1. The 1965 FA Cup final was between Leeds and Liverpool, with the score line all square by the end of full time, Ian St John grabbed the winner in extra time as Liverpool won the final.

Another Merseyside club won the FA Cup the following season as Everton beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2. Few weeks later, of course, England won the world cup. The 1967 final was historic as it was decided in the first all London final. Over 100,000 fans in the stadium witnessed Spurs beating Chelsea 2-1. In the following year, a Jeff Astle goal against Everton secured the honours for West Bromwich Albion, who were the first finalists to use a substitute at Wembley when Derek Clarke came on for John Kaye.

The flamboyant Manchester City beat Leicester the following year in the FA Cup final under Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison. The 1970 FA Cup final was between Chelsea and Leeds and the teams could not be separated after extra time and the sides went to Old Trafford for a replay. It required extra time before David Webb won the match for the blues in the first final played outside London since the war time final of 1915, popularly known as the ‘Khaki Cup Final.’

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