Snapshot | When the Swans stunned the Lane

6th April 2020

Swansea City captain Tommy Smith is pictured in action against World Cup winner and Spurs midfielder Ossie Ardiles at White Hart Lane in September 1978.

The Swans, who were then in the Third Division, caused a major shock that night by beating top-flight Tottenham 3-1 in a second-round replay in the League Cup.

Tottenham had just made history by signing Argentinians Ardiles and Ricky Villa, who arrived in England fresh from winning the 1978 World Cup in their home country.

Following a 2-2 draw at the Vetch, in which Smith made a famously fierce challenge on Ardiles, the Swans scored the opener at White Hart Lane when player-manager John Toshack headed home a Nigel Stevenson corner in the 18th minute.

Jeremy Charles doubled the Swans’ lead with a headed effort, and it was 2-0 at the break.

Ardiles then set up fellow Villa to reduce the deficit in the 65th minute.

However, Alan Curtis later found the net to secure a famous win for the Swans and to book a place in the third round.

Smith, who spent most of his career at Liverpool, had established himself as one of the toughest players in the country, and won everything with the Reds before signing for Toshack’s Swans in the summer of 1978.

The Swans ended the season by winning promotion to the Second Division.

This cup win, which is mentioned in the lyrics of the Swansea City Song, remains the club’s only triumph at White Hart Lane.