Date: 7th December 2008 at 6:32pm
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By now of course you will all know that Burnley FC face the current holders Spurs in the Carling Cup Semi-Final with the first leg at White Hart Lane to be played in the New Year during the week beginning 5th January.

The return leg will be played at Turf Moor two weeks later sometime in the week beginning 19th January.

The draw of course was made on Saturday during the time that Vital Burnley was down due to essential site maintenance and server upgrades so we apologise to our posters for not being able to bring you the news in a timely fashion.

Derby County though probably got the short straw and now have to face Manchester United in the other semi. In our poll, 77% would have preferred to have drawn the Championship side for obvious reasons, compared to 9% Manchester United and just 14% Spurs.

Incredibly this will be the 4th Premier League side from London we will have faced in the competition this season.

Having now chucked out Fulham, Chelsea and Arsenal, can we make it a clean London Sweep and add Tottenham Hotspur to the casualty list?

It is hard to believe that in our heyday of the 60s, Burnley and Tottenham were the Manchester United and Chelsea of their time but they were.

Old fogies like me will just about remember though the dismal 1962 FA Cup Final in which we lost 3-1 to Tottenham despite Jimmy Robson scoring the 100th goal at Wembley.

We have had happier times in recent memory though against the men in white although we do have to discount the result of our last match against them, when they defeated us 3-0 at Turf Moor in the Carling Cup back in November 2004.

Our most memorable victory against Spurs was at White Hart Lane back in January 1983 when we defeated the home team by an incredible 4-1 margin in the League Cup competition. This of course was also the last time we qualified for a cup semi-final. The season though was to have its disappointments as we were relegated to the third tier of English football despite our cup exploits.

Clarets will also remember the more recent victory over Spurs in November 2002 again in the Carling Cup when we defeated them 2-1 at Turf Moor during Stan Ternent`s reign as gaffer.

After defeating the cream of London already including Chelsea and Arsenal, we should hold no fear of Harry Redknapp`s men and a draw at least at White Hart Lane would set us up nicely for the return game at Turf Moor.

The Clarets fate and hopes though could be decided to some degree by the result of the first match from the away tie and Clarets fans going to the the match in the Capital could after the game be either celebrating or drowning their sorrows over a pint or two of Fullers London Pride.

Let`s hope it`s the former and another London clubs pride is the one that`s dented.

So what chance we will be playing Manchester United at Wembley in the final?

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