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Red Rewind: 'Happy Wanderers' into last eight

Red Rewind: 'Happy Wanderers' into last eight
Today, 19th February, marks the 63rd anniversary of the fabulous 'Happy Wanderers' claiming yet another notable FA Cup victim in front of a huge attendance.

An all-ticket crowd of 21,000 packed in to witness famed giant-killers York City producing a further FA Cup sensation by overcoming First Division Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 in their fifth round tie at Bootham Crescent.

Having already incredibly triumphed at recent competition winners Blackpool six weeks ago, the gallant Third Division North side were at it again courtesy of another outstanding display.

However, City's illustrious visitors had opened the scoring on a difficult playing surface after just eleven minutes, winger George Robb finding the net from close range.

But York were a supremely confident outfit and repeatedly pushed their opponents onto the retreat with some brilliantly crafted approach work.

They deservedly drew level as the half-hour approached; outside-left Billy Fenton veering in and allowing fellow wide-man Billy Hughes to cross for Norman Wilkinson to power in an unstoppable header.

Moments later, Arthur Bottom skipped beyond a couple of challengers and Wilkinson's fierce drive was only parried by goalkeeper Ron Reynolds towards Fenton, who joyously slammed in the rebound.

With the large crowd roaring them on, York maintained their forward momentum as their famous opponents were required to defend desperately on occasions.

Having survived any further damage until the break, Spurs were inevitably to come again following the restart, and Eddie Baily's header went close to an equaliser as left-back George Howe cleared off the line.

But Fenton drove narrowly over at the other end, where keeper Reynolds also blocked with his feet from Bottom before opposite number Tommy Forgan denied a Len Duquemin header.

Ten minutes from time, York were to complete a famous victory. Fenton surged past England full-back Alf Ramsey and crossed for Wilkinson to steer his second goal into the net.

Wilkinson then almost made it a hat-trick from twenty-yards as Reynolds saved magnificently, before delighted home supporters raced onto the pitch at the end to celebrate a second FA Cup quarter-final appearance in seventeen years.

York City: Forgan, Phillips, Howe, Brown, Stewart, Spence, Hughes, Bottom, Wilkinson, Storey, Fenton

Goals: Wilkinson (29, 80), Fenton (30)

Tottenham Hotspur: Reynolds, Ramsey, Hopkins, Blanchflower, Clarke, Marchi, Walters, Baily, Duquemin, Brooks, Robb

Goals: Robb (11)

Att: 21,000

Video Link: British Pathe

Writer:Vital York City
Date:Monday February 19 2018
Time: 4:10PM

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