Monday, April 09, 2007

Surs in History - 9th April

9th April, 1985

The Day when Spurs 'Lost' Jurgen Klinsmann

Spurs 1 Everton 4 F.A.Cup Semi-Final at Elland Road

This could be described as the day that we lost a semi-final and the day that we lost Jurgen Klinsmann.

The media were predicting and Manchester United v Tottenham Final but Everton had other ideas. This result was a shattering blow to the fans and the club. Having progressed to this stage with memorable victories and performances at Southampton and Liverpool the team did not perform on the day. The team was hit by injuries, Stuart Nethercott had a nightmare game at left back, and went two goals behind. Klinsmann scored from a penalty but Everton scored two late goals to further embarrass Spurs.

So Spurs adventure in the Cup from which they had originally been banned was over but the further ramification was that Klinsmann later announced that he would be leaving at the end of the season. He had brought vitality to the club but with the team not being able to offer him European football the following season he decided to return to Germany. This was an even greater blow to the Club and one that they have been striving to recover from since that fateful day.


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