Wednesday, May 17, 2006

16th May - Spurs in History

Gary Mabbutt's own goal gave the Cup to Coventry
16th May, 1987

Coventry City 3 Spurs 2 F.A.CUP FINAL at Wembley (aet).

The unthinkable had happened, Spurs lost an F.A.Cup Final. After seven F.A. Cup Final victories, Spurs lost their first Final to Coventry who were winning their first major honour. They had experienced success, winning the F.A. Cup in 1901, 1921, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1981 and 1982.

In David Pleat's first season as manager, it had promised so much had ended disappointingly with Spurs having nothing to show for all their exciting play and effort – the ‘nearly’ team were beaten semi-finalists in the League Cup after a replay and third in the League.

Spurs were favourites to win the Cup against unfancied Coventry and it had started so well with Clive Allen scoring his 49th goal of the season after two minutes. Coventry equalised shortly afterwards only for Gary Mabbuttt to restore Spurs’ lead.

In a very open game Coventry drew level to take the game into extra time and eventually won the Cup when a cross hit Gay Mabbutt and looped over Ray Clemence’s head into the goal.

Great disappointment and very hard on the great club player Mabbutt. A very disappointing end to a long season.

Clemence; Hughton (Claesen), Thomas,M.; Hodge, Gough (Captain), Mabbutt; Allen, C.,
Allen, P.,Waddle, Hoddle, Ardiles (Stevens)


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