1963 European Cup Winners' Cup Final
Tottenham Hotspur 5 Atletico Madrid 1
Spurs Triumphant in Europe
|Dyson & Greaves|
Road to the Final
1st Round (1st Leg) v Glasgow Rangers (h) Won 5 - 2 Norman, Allen, White (2), Opp. o.g.
For the first game which had been built up as the 'Battle of Britain' only Bobby Smith was absent from the Tottenham which had successfully retained the FA Cup a few months earlier. Les Allen was the automatic replacement and he showed his value to the team by scoring Spurs' third goal. There was great rivalry ahead of this game with Spurs having three Scots in their team - Bill Brown, Dave Mackay and John White who had been so pivotal in Spurs' success of the previous two seasons.
John White was the star of the night in a hard fought match which was all about pride. He headed Spurs first goal after four minutes from a Jimmy Greaves corner but Rangers equalised five minutes later. Another Greaves corner enabled White to head his second before Les Allen made it three. The Rangers defence were under pressure and conceded an own goal for 4-1 but almost immediately Rangers managed to score a second. Ten minutes from time another Greaves corner saw Maurice Norman score the fifth and final goal. This result gave Spurs a comfortable lead to take to the second leg at Ibrox Park.
1st Round (2nd Leg) v Glasgow Rangers (a) Won 3 - 2 Smith (2), Greaves (Agg. Won 8 - 4)
Bobby Smith returned for this game and contributed two goals as Tottenham progressed to the next round and silenced the partisan Rangers fans in the 80,000 crowd packed in to Ibrox. Jimmy Greaves started the misery for them after eight minutes when he scored Tottenham's first to give them an unassailable four goal aggregate advantage. Bobby Smith, returning to the team for the first time since August, started the move which gave Spurs a lead they held until half-time. However, two minutes after the interval Rangers levelled but three minutes later Spurs regained the lead through Smith who scored from White's cross. With fifteen minutes remaining, Rangers again equalised but four minutes from time Smith completed the scoring and justified Bill Nicholson's decision to drop Allen.
2nd Round (1st Leg) v Slovan Bratislava (a) Lost 0 - 2
Tottenham were fortunate to get off so lightly in a game where they were out-classed and out-played. Only two goals behind, they still had a chance to progress but it could have been so much worse. Tony Marchi replaced the injured Danny Blanchflower who had been missing since the win in Glasgow. Frank Saul replaced Terry Medwin on the right with instructions to work back in defence if it wasn't going well for Spurs. On a heavy, muddy pitch Spurs found themselves a goal down after half an hour and two behind ten minutes into the second half. Fortunately, the home side were satisfied with that scoreline and failed to take the extra goals that were there for the taking as Bill Brown made a number of important saves to keep Spurs in the tie.
2nd Round (2nd Leg) v Slovan Bratislava (h) Won 6 - 0
Mackay, White, Smith, Greaves (2), Jones (Agg. Won 6 - 2)
John Smith played in midfield in place of Cliff Jones and Terry Dyson returned on the left wing. John White had put Tottenham ahead after twenty six minutes of the first half only for OFK to level from a penalty nine minutes before the break. Tottenham had one foot in the Final with the home leg to come.
Semi-Final (2nd Leg) v OFK Belgrade (h) Won 3 - 1 Mackay, Smith, Jones (Agg. Won 5 - 2)
Final v Atletico Madrid (Rotterdam) Won 5 - 1 Greaves (2), White, Dyson (2)
It was only at the start of the 1960 - 61 season that he managed to become a regular in the team, making 40 League and 7 Cup appearances, scoring 17 goals including the second goal of the Final against Leicester City, having created the first for Bobby Smith, as Spurs clinched the 'Double'. He then lost his place in the team to Terry Medwin for the 1962 Final but regained it towards the end of the 1962 - 63 season. In the semi-final and Final (three games) of the European Cup Winners' Cup competition Dyson scored three goals and created four. It was a tremendous night for Tottenham and Terry Dyson and as he admits himself, it was the best game he ever played for Spurs.
Dyson remained at Tottenham until joining Fulham in the summer of 1965 for £5,000. He made 209 League and Cup appearances for Spurs, scoring 55 goals. He also holds the distinction of being the only Tottenham player to score a hat-trick against Arsenal. He achieved that in August, 1962 in a 4 - 3 win at White Hart Lane.