Tuesday, May 23, 2006

23rd May - Spurs in History

Spurs' Heroes - goalkeeper, Tony Parks and Captain, Graham Roberts with the UEFA Cup
23rd May, 1984

Spurs 1 RSC Anderlect 1

UEFA CUP FINAL (2nd Leg) (aet) [Won 4-3 on penalties]

The 1st Leg in Belgium had ended 1-1, thanks to a Paul Miller goal and this match developed into a titanic struggle as Anderlect went ahead on the hour. Spurs were without Clemence and Hoddle injured and Perryman suspended after being booked in the first game. Their stand-in Captain, Graham Roberts, now became their inspiration and drove them forward in search of the equaliser. It came six minutes from time when from a corner, Ardiles hit the bar and the ball rebounded to Roberts who blasted it home.

Extra time was tense and then the penalty shoot-out brought forward an unexpected new hero, Tony Parks.

Roberts led by example and scored the first penalty, then Parks deputising for Clemence, saved the first penalty and after Danny Thomas had missed what would have been the winning score he saved the final shot before setting off on a jubilant stampede across the White Hart Lane pitch followed by his exultant team mates.

The other penalties were scored by Mark Falco, Gary Stevens and Steve Archibald.

Spurs had won their third European trophy for their departing manager, Keith Burkinshaw and the celebrations went on long into the night.

Team: Parks; Thomas, Roberts(Capt), Miller(Ardiles), Hughton;Hazard, Stevens, Mabbutt(Dick), Galvin; Archibald, Falco.


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