Wednesday, May 03, 2006

3rd May - Spurs in History

3rd May, 1972

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Spurs 2


An all English Final, disappointed players and supporters alike who had been hoping for further success on foreign fields. Both teams played cautiously and it was as the hour approached that Martin Chivers (Pic: Martin Chivers & manager, Bill Nicholson) broke the deadlock with a majestic headed goal from a long free kick taken by Mike England. Wolves equalised from a quick free-kick, twelve minutes later and Spurs were under pressure until Chivers awoke from his ‘famed’ lethargy and collected the ball out wide and headed for goal to crash home a shot from thirty yards - a goal worthy of any final.

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

The less said about the next two dates the better:

The last occasion Spurs played on this day was in 2004, the last away game at the end of Glenn Hoddle's horrendous season - Middlesbrough 5 Spurs 1.

1971 - On a Monday evening, in the last game of the season, Spurs lost by a single late goal to Arsenal who claimed the League title and then went on to match Spurs 'double' of ten years earlier - by winning the FA Cup Final the next weekend.


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