Tuesday, March 21, 2006

21st March - Spurs in History

Spurs have appeared in 18 Finals - winning 14 Trophies:

FA Cup (8 times)
European Cup Winners' Cup (1)
UEFA Cup (2)
League Cup (3)
Pic: Allan Nielsen at Wembley

Until 1974 they won every Final in which they appeared.
Until 1982 they were undefeated in Wembley Finals.
In 1901 they won the FA Cup Final as a non-League club, playing in the Southern League.
In 1981 they won the Centenary FA Cup Final after a Replay.

Spurs' Record in Finals (including Replays)

P 24 Won 13 Draw 7* Lost 4 (* includes Win on Penalties)

Spurs' last visit to Wembley in 1999 might not have had the excitement of some of the
previous visits but the final moments of the game made up for that.

21st March, 1999

Spurs 1 Leicester City 0 Worthington Cup Final at Wembley

A dull and dreary Final in which Spurs did themselves no credit was drawing to a scoreless conclusion. Spurs were down to ten men, with Justin Edinburgh having been sent off, when Steffan Iversen set off on a run down the right wing - he had little support but he sent in a cross
which the Leicester goalkeeper, Kasey Keller, pushed out and Allan Nielsen dived
forward to head home. The previous 89 minutes of inadequacy were forgotten about
as Spurs celebrated their third League Cup triumph.

Team: Walker, Carr, Edinburgh, Freund, Vega, Campbell, Nielsen,
Ginola (Sinton), Anderton, Iversen, Ferdinand.

21st March 1962

Benfica 3 Spurs 1 (European Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg)

Spurs European ambitions were under severe pressure by the reigning European Champions. However, Spurs returned to London aggrieved that they had been harshly treated by the officials in charge of the game.

The first twenty minutes were eventful. Benfica went ahead but Jimmy Greaves, playing his firsat European game, had an equalising goal disallowed for offside, before Benfica scored their second. Greaves was adamant that he had beaten the full-back before scoring.

In the second half, Bobby Smith headed in a Blanchflower cross and Spurs had further opportunities to equalise. However, it was Benfica who got the next goal to give them a comfortable lead for the second leg at White Hart Lane.

However, the lead should have been halved, as Spurs had a secondgoal disallowed for offside in the final minute. Greaves crossed for Smith to score but the referee having initially given the
goal, disallowed it on a signal from the linesman. Greaves had been ahead of Smith when he crossed the ball and there were two defenders on the goal line as Smith scored. How was that offside?

A night of great disappointment for Spurs but Bill Nicholson was furious with his defence for the goals they had conceded.

Could Spurs mount another amazing comeback in the second leg as they had done in the previous rounds of the European Cup?


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