1961 FA Cup Final: Tottenham vs Leicester City

Tottenham 2 - 0 Leicester City

  • Tottenham
    • Smith Goal 66'
    • Dyson Goal 75'
  • Leicester City

Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday 2nd May 1961


Match Referee:B. M. Griffiths

Team Line-ups:


  • 1 Bill Brown
  • 2Peter Baker
  • 3Ron Henry
  • 4 Danny Blanchflower (c)
  • 5 Maurice Norman
  • 6Dave Mackay
  • 7 Cliff Jones
  • 8John White
  • 9Bobby Smith
  • 10 Les Allen
  • 11 Terry Dyson
  • Manager
  • Bill Nicholson

Leicester City

  • 1 Gordon Banks
  • 2 Len Chalmers
  • 3 Richie Norman
  • 4 Frank McLintock
  • 5 Ian King
  • 6 Colin Appleton
  • 7 Howard Riley
  • 8 Jimmy Walsh (c)
  • 9 Hughie McIlmoyle
  • 10 Ken Keyworth
  • 11 Albert Cheesebrough
  • Manager
  • Matt Gillies
Tottenham Team: 1961 FA Cup Leicester City Team: : 1961 FA Cup

Match Report

Tottenham had made certain of the League championship on 17 April, nineteen days before the Cup Final, defeating their closest rivals Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at White Hart Lane. But could 'Super Spurs' land the League and Cup double?

Despite an early injury to right‑back Chalmers another victim of the famous 'Wembley hoodoo' Leicester City's rearranged side held their own successfully for forty-five minutes against a Tottenham team hardly recognizable as the one which had attracted over two and a half million fans in a season of sparkling displays. But if Tottenham were disappointing, judged by their own standards, their opponents never really looked like scoring.

Gordon Banks: Goal 1: 1961 FA Cup Gordon Banks: Goal 2: 1961 FA Cup

Gordon Banks fails to get to two of the Tottenham Goals

The vital first goal was scored by the hard‑working Bobby Smith. With about twenty-five minutes of the match remaining, he dashed into a vacant space to receive a pass in the inside-right position and hammered in a powerful drive on the half-turn. Seven minutes later, White intercepted a square pass on the half-way line, quickly moved the ball to Smith, and Dyson joyfully raced in to head the far post centre firmly past Banks to make the result, and the 'double', quite certain.

Tottenham Winners: 1961 FA Cup Tottenham Winners View 2: 1961 FA Cup

Double Winners - Blanchflower and Smith carry the cup

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