2002-03 is well remembered by Saints fans for our run to the FA Cup final, where we narrowly lost to a canny and organised Arsenal, and earned a long awaited return to European football. But the highlight of our run came in the third round against Tottenham.
There’s something about our history with Spurs in that they’ve always been capable of giving us the odd humbling, so it felt good to see our energised and dynamic side tear them apart. This was the glory period when years of mediocrity had been replaced by quality and class.
The goals came from our Scandinavian contingent of Michael ‘Killer’ Svensson, Jo Tessem, and Anders Svensson, with a late fourth from star man James Beattie. We dominated the game and made the lacklustre giants look like amateurs. Come May we may have lost the campaign, but it was a glorious victory on the way.