Tuesday, May 09, 2006

9th May - Spurs in History

9th May, 1981
Spurs 1 Manchester City 1 (aet)
F.A.CUP FINAL at Wembley

The 100th F.A.Cup Final produced a disappointing display from Spurs in a game which is best remembered for the long, lonely walk of a disconsolate Ricky Villa as he slowly trudged around Wembley, having been substituted. Spurs record of being undefeated in Cup Finals was still in place but it was a close run thing and they were eternally grateful to City’s Tommy Hutchinson for deflecting Hoddle’s shot from a free kick past his own goalkeeper with ten minutes left. Hutchinson had given City the lead after half an hour and Spurs were glad of an opportunity to redeem themselves on another day in the replay.

Team: Aleksic; Perryman(Captain), Miller, Roberts, Hughton; Ardiles, Hoddle, Villa(Brooke), Galvin; Archibald, Crooks.

9th May, 1984
Anderlecht 1 Spurs 1
UEFA Cup Final(1st Leg)

Anderlecht were the holders of the trophy but Spurs took the game to them and went close to scoring on a number of occasions. The Spurs defensive partnership of Graham Roberts and Paul Miller stood firm and early in the second half Miller had time to put Spurs ahead, heading in from a corner. The home team came looking for a goal but Spurs were in control, although Perryman was booked which meant he would miss the return game. However, three minutes from time goalkeeper Tony Parks mishandled the ball allowing Anderlecht to equalise. All square for the 2nd Leg but Spurs had a vital away goal.

Team: Parks: Thomas, Hughton, Roberts, Miller, Perryman, Hazard, Archibald, Falco, Stevens (Mabbutt), Galvin.


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