1984 UEFA Cup final
First leg: Anderlecht 1 Spurs 1
Second leg: Spurs 1 Anderlecht 1
(Spurs won 4-3 on penalties)
After beating Yugoslavian side Hajduk Split to reach the Final, Spurs travelled to Belgium to face the legendary Anderlecht, who were also the reigning holders.[al][/al]
The first leg was a strange affair, with the visitors standing firm against a side unbeaten at home in European competitions for ten years, much to the surprise of many who thought Tottenham's defensive frailties would surface from the beginning.
On the hour, we took the lead, Paul Miller rising above the defence to thunder a header home from Micky Hazard's corner.
A Morton Olsen goal five minutes from time gave Anderlecht parity, although Spurs had grabbed the crucial away goal.
A booking for Steve Perryman meant that the Spurs skipper missed the second leg, and manager Keith Burkinshaw was without the services of Glenn Hoddle and Ray Clemence while Argentine Ossie Ardilles was on the bench.
Clemence's replacement between the posts was an unknown by the name of Tony Parks. Neither he nor the Spurs faithful could imagine the fate that awaited him.
The Belgians took the lead after sixty minutes through Alex Czerniatinski. For the next fifteen minutes it looked as if Spurs were to lose, but things changed when Ardilles replaced Miller.
He instigated the move which led to Hazard crossing the ball to the centre and Graham Roberts emerging from nowhere to score the equaliser. [ar][/ar]
A goaless extra-time followed, and so it went to penalties. Parks saved from Olsen to give Spurs a lead in the shootout and after six straight successes, it was left to Danny Thomas to win Spurs the Cup, but he saw his kick saved.
The last of the ten penalties was taken by the Icelandic international, Gudjohnsen and Parks flung himself to the right to push the ball away and etch his name permanently in Spurs' history.
Spurs v Anderlecht on YouTube
I stood in the Park Lane for this one, I remember feeling gutted that I never got a ticket for the Shelf, but being in the corner of the Park Lane, right next to the shelf was the next best thing, at least I was in the ground!
I can still remember little snapshots of the game as if it were yesterday. I remember Alex Czerniatinski scoring a really good goal (I can say that now but it never felt like it at the time) the crowd went quiet and suddenly, slowly the chorus went up, 'come on you Spurs, come on you Spurs' and the belief we'd win yet at the same time the feeling that it wasn't going to be our night. It was gripping stuff. I would say edge of the seat, but this was back in the days of terracing! It was absolutely packed on the terraces that night.
As the game wore on my nerves were getting increasingly frayed as chance after chance went begging and when we hit the bar, I started to think that maybe it wasn't going to be our night. Seconds later, Roberts steamrollered his way through and rammed the ball into the net and there was no way we were going to lose!
I can still remember Danny Thomas running up to take the penalty which would win us the cup and missing, standing holding his head in his hands. A chant suddenly went around the ground 'One Danny Thomas, there's only one Danny Thomas' and then up stepped Arnor Gudjohnsen (Father of the former Chelsea player Eider Gudjohnsen) and Tony Parks wrote his name into Spurs folklore.
The celebrations were wild, I can only remember Parks running arms aloft before being engulfed by the people around me. The presentation of the cup was accompanied by huge cheers and much singing, I don't think anyone left the ground until the last Spurs player had left the pitch.
After the game, I remember having to wait until the early hours for the paper train back to Kent because the extra time, penalties and celebrations had taken so long we'd missed the regular service, we found a club somewhere on Cavendish Street and were still celebrating when we got to Charing Cross around 3am.
This was Keith Burkinshaw's last game in charge, what a game, what a result and all at White Hart Lane too!
A pivotal game in our history. 'There used to be a football club over there' said Burkinshaw. We might only now be starting to get it back.
I am proud to have been a member of Burkinshaw's blue & white army.
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