FA Cup Final (Replay) 1981
Tottenham 3-2 Man City
Spurs: Villa 7, 76; Crooks 70
Man City: MacKenzie 10; Reeves (pen) 49
After a final which had seen Tommy Hutchison score at both ends to force a replay, the fireworks were well and truly lit on a damp, dark night at Wembley.
In contrast to the original clash, the replay flowed from the very first whistle and Spurs and Manchester City exchanged goals in the opening 10 minutes through Ricardo Villa and Steve Mackenzie.
City got their noses in front four minutes into the second half when Kevin Reeves fired home a penalty after Paul Miller and Chris Hughton had combined to squeeze out Dave Bennett.
But Spurs hit back when Garth Crooks rammed home an equaliser 20 minutes from time, setting the stage for one of the greatest winning goals ever seen in a Wembley final.
Villa was faced with a sea of blue shirts as he picked up Tony Galvin's pass on the edge of the area.
But the Agentina midfielder weaved his way past Tony Caton, Ray Ranson then, cruelly, Caton again before sliding a shot beyond the advancing Joe Corrigan.
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I was behind the goal when Ricky scored and I can still remember that magical moment..........shouting "go on.....go on.......YEEEEESSSSSS!" I'm convinced I bought one of the dummies he sold to the city defenders.
I also remember after the game, making our way back home (I was brought up in Tottenham) and going to WHL with our scarves and flags, dancing in the streets, cars tooting, people cheering and that we were constantly singing "We won the cup, we won the cup........eee aye addio we won the cup"
This was the first time i'd ever been to Tottenham Town Hall for the parade and I went back for a few more over the next few years but nothing beats that first time.
Everyone remembers Ricky's goals that night but his screamer against Wolves in the Semi-Final replay at Highbury was just as important. Ricky had a bit of a mare in the first final, how many managers would have picked him again for the replay? Burkinshaw stuck by his man and was well and truly rewarded. Great game, great players, great manager.
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