Match Of The Past: Tottenham Hotspur

1 By Ian  |   The Ball  |   June 5, 2012  |     22

There may not have been any league championships for Tottenham Hotspur since 1961, but the club has had its fair share of excitement in both cup competitions and the league since then. This evening, we have six matches from Europe, the FA Cup, the First Division and the Second Division. First up, we’re going back to 1972 and a semi-final of the UEFA Cup against Milan. Within a couple of seasons, though, Spurs were struggling in the league but they were still capable of winning some of the big matches, and our second match comes from the 1973/74 season and is a North London derby match against Arsenal.

Relegation to the Second Division for the first time since 1950 followed in 1977, and Spurs supporters spent a year in the wilderness before betting promoted back. We have one match from that season, an unlikely looking league encounter away to Mansfield Town. Having got back to the First Division, Spurs won the FA Cup in 1981 and the following year sought to repeat the feat. In the quarter-finals of the 1982 FA Cup, they faced a tricky trip to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea. Spurs went on to win the FA Cup that year and two years later they won through to the final of the UEFA Cup, where they had to play Anderlecht over two legs. Our final video features the goals from both legs of the tie and the penalty shoot-out which followed it.

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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

  • June 18, 2012 at 8:02 am


    Thank you very much for this…Memory Lane = a wonderful place to go and visit

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