The XIs of Lowe and Antonio Conte will contest a 12th FA Cup clash between the teams. The first was on 27 January 1900: Preston were 1-0 winners at Deepdale in a first-round tie. Spurs were Southern League champions that season and then, next term, came the glory of a Cup triumph as the only non-league side to win it, after facing Preston in the opening round once again, dispatching them 4-1 in a replay following a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.
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After a 266th in Monday’s league win over Fulham, he will eclipse Jimmy Greaves and become Spurs’s outright record scorer if he registers today. That would be another page in the tale of the clubs’ intertwined histories. Preston are the 1888-89 Invincibles and Double winners, achieving the FA Cup part without conceding. Tottenham’s 1961-62 vintage were the first team of the last century to secure the Double.
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Preston’s Chris Brown scores against Tottenham in their 2009 League Cup tie. Photograph: Carl Recine /Reuters/Alamy“Against Tottenham I came on as a sub and my lasting memory of that game is this: if you think back, Gareth Bale wasn’t really firing on all cylinders, there was talk about him never being on the winning Spurs team, he was having a really rough time. “I came on around the same time that Defoe was going off and as he was walking off he was saying to Harry Redknapp that Bale ‘needs to buck his ideas up’, basically. That he wasn’t passing the ball to his feet. It was just mad to be standing there listening to that conversation, especially knowing where Gareth Bale soon went to in terms of his level of performance. “Crouch played, Wilson Palacios too – so it was great to come on and play against those type of lads. ”Preston beat Huddersfield 3-1 in this season’s third round, while Spurs dispatched Portsmouth 1-0, Harry Kane’s winner a 265th goal for the club.
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