Wednesday, May 17, 2006

17th May - Spurs in History

Caprain Alan Mullery's night of triumph with the UEFA Cup
17th May, 1972

Spurs 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 UEFA CUP FINAL (2nd Leg)

Although Spurs were a goal up from the first game, this was a close, hard fought game. Playing their 68th competitive game, Spurs were drained but Alan Mullery increased their lead in the 29th minute when he threw himself full-length to head in a Peters' free-kick, injuring himself in the process.

However, he was able to continue and although Wolves equalised before half-time, they were unable to gain the ascendancy and threaten Spurs overall lead.

It was a special night of triumph for Alan Mullery. He had been unable to gain a place in the Spurs' team following injury and went to Fulham on loan. However, unexpectedly he was recalled to the team before the semi-final and as Captain went on to lift the trophy to give Spurs their second European trophy, the first British club to achieve that. It was to be his final competitive game for Spurs and while the rest of the weary squad retreated to the dressing rooms, he completed his own personal lap of honour surrounded by the jubilant fans.

Team: Jennings; Kinnear, Knowles: Mullery (Captain), England, Beal; Gilzean, Perryman, Chivers, Peters, Coates.


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