uefa cup 1984-1985
Peter Shreeve was in charge as Spurs set about defending their UEFA Cup won against Anderlecht in May 1984.
First up were Portuguese side Sporting Braga and the one day trip was a fantastic one. FLying out to Lisbon and then coached up to Braga,
Spurs approached the game cautiously, before turning the tactics around to take a 3-0 lead within 14 minutes in the first half. Mark Falco knocked the ball home from close range after Chris Hughton and Tony Galvin had created a chance from the left wing.
In the 43rd minute, he raced away onto Micky Hazard's through ball that split the defence playing the offside trap and slotted past the keeper. Things got worse for the Portuguese when Hughton played in Galvin for the third, with a lob over the keeper at the near post.
Returning from six months out with injury, substitute Glenn Hoddle inspired a Spurs win with Garth Crooks hitting a hat-trick in a 6-0 victory over Braga in the second leg at White Hart Lane.
Gary Stevens shot home in the 10th minute to give Tottenham an early lead and then Chris Hughton ran through for a second five minutes later. In the 26th minute a Tony Galvin cross found Garth Crooks' head for the third goal. Hoddle set up Crooks in the 57th minute with a through pass to make it 4-0, with Spurs hitting three first half goals. Mark Falco scored Tottenham's fifth and Crooks rounded off the scoring and his hat-trick with eight minutes left.
Next round saw Spurs travel to Belgium to face FC Bruges and Spurs once more had Glenn Hoddle on the bench at the start of the match. His impact was not the one he might have envisaged, as coming on late in the game, he picked up a yellow card for his first foul and then another soon was booked again, for kicking the ball away at a free kick.
Six minutes into the game, Jan Ceulemanns shot home to give Bruges an early lead, while a Steve Perryman foul on Marc Degryse allowed goalkeeper Birger Jensen the opportunity to double the lead from the spot. It was left to Clive Allen to give Spurs a live-line with a late goal to leave Spurs going into the second leg at home only 1-2 behind.
The game at White Hart Lane was over just past the half hour when Tottenham established a 3-0 lead and Bruges' star man Ceulemanns limped out of the game following a tackle from Graham Roberts.
It was only five minutes into the game when Mike Hazard levelled the aggregate score with a well placed shot, knocking the ball over a packed penalty area when the ball was half cleared out of the penalty area.
Hazard played Tony Galvin through on goal in the 27th minute, but his shot was stopped by Jensen, the Bruges goalie, although the loose ball was knocked in by Clive Allen to put Spurs 2-0 ahead on the night.
On 34 minutes, Franky van der Elst put a back-header to Jensen, but it was almost past him when he got to it, but the loose ball fell to Graham Roberts, who lashed a shot into the roof of the net from long range.
Spurs had wrapped the game up in convincing style and eased through the remainder of the match without too much opposition from Bruges.
In the Third Round draw, Spurs were picked out to play against Bohemians of Prague and with the first leg at home, they had to make the most of the venue with the return leg being on the Czech side's home turf and with the team being an unknown quantity.
And it was that unknown issue that surprised Tottenham in the first leg, as Bohemians stunned them with swift, passing football, combined with a high degree of skilful control and ball-play. However, it was not enough in itself to see them breach the Spurs defence.
Having been given the run-around by Bohemians, Spurs took the lead in the 25th minute when Jan Ondra tried to clear John Chiedozie's low cross into the box, but only succeeded in slicing it past his won keeper.
Ray Clemence was keeping Bohemians at bay with a series of stops, while at the other end, Gary Stevens doubled the lead with a fierce drive into the net from 25 yards out.
Travelling to the very chilly Czech capital, Spurs played the second leg in the cramped Bohemians Stadium in front of a fervent crowd. The ground was surrounded by blocks of flats and the number of people watching the game was probably twice the official figure, with loads watching from their balconies.
They had learned from the first leg that the Czech side possessed great skill, but on their own ground they revealed a less savoury side to their character, adopting an aggressive approach that left both Graham Roberts and Glenn Hoddle requiring stitches in head wounds thanks to Bohemians players.
As it was, Mark Falco scored with his head after Tony Galvin crossed in the seventh minute. Spurs dug in to stem the home team's attacks until Vladimir Hruska crossed for Zdenek Prokes to head past Clemence in the 70th minute.
My abiding memory of the match, as well as the home fans being very friendly and swapping badges and scarves, was that a bloke in my row of seats went off to have a half time burger and came back with tales of prostitutes plying their trade under the stand. Not the sort of half-time refreshment you got back at WHL !!
Flying home, we were at the airport when the team arrived for their flight back and could see the damage done to Robbo and Hod at first hand. They were nasty cuts and would have been bad if they had been accidental.
Spurs were pulled out to play Real Madrid in the Fourth Round and in the first leg lost the club's unbeaten European home record going down 0-1 to Steve Perryman's own goal.
Real were well-drilled and tried to cut out the supply from wingers John Chiedozie and Tony Galvin, leaving Spurs to only have a couple of half-chances that fell to Mike Hazard, but they could not be converted.
Without the inspirational Graham Roberts, who was suspended, Spurs were held in midfield and on one breakaway, Real got Emilio Butragueno away on the right wing and his waist high ball in to the goal mouth was pushed out by Ray Clemence to prevent it reaching Argentine striker Jorge Valdano, but unfortunately, the ball bounced off the knees of Steve Perryman and bounced into the net.
The second leg took place in front of 90,000 fans in the Bernabeu Stadium on a chilly March evening, when Spurs had little more luck than in the first leg. Getting off the coach at the ground, we were the lucky ones, as the fans in the previous coach had been chased down the road by Real fans with knives.
Spurs were grateful to Danny Thomas for clearing the ball off the line and the home side went close with efforts from Manuel Sanchis and Valdano, while a break on goal brought a brave plunge at the feet of midfielder Michel from Ray Clemence. Real keeper Miguel Angel was called into action by Graham Roberts, who brought saves from him with a fierce shot and a header.
But Spurs were denied what looked a valid goal by a linesman's flag and Mark Falco's header when he rose high to head in was ruled out for a supposed foul on Miguel Salguero (which from our vantage point in the top tier of the Bernabeu we could see wasn't a foul). And worse was to follow, as Steve Perryman was booked for a high tackle on Valdano in the 79th minute, taking revenge for some previous foul play by the home team. Tottenham kept going, but were up against it being one player down, but the game ended in a 0-0 draw and Madrid went on to win the tie and the trophy – their first in Europe for 19 years.
Estadio 1st de Maio
Clemence, Stevens, Roberts, Miller, Hughton, Perryman, Chiedozie, Hazard (Thomas), Allen (Crooks), Falco, Galvin
Clemence, Stevens, Roberts, Miller (Hoddle), Hughton, Perryman, Chiedozie, Hazard, Galvin, Falco (Cooke), Crooks
Clemence, Stevens, Roberts, Miller, Hughton, Perryman, Chiedozie, Hazard (Hoddle), Galvin, Falco, Crooks (Allen)
Clemence, Stevens, Roberts, Miller (Hoddle), Mabbutt, Perryman, Chiedozie (Brooke), Hazard, Galvin, Falco, Allen (Thomas)
Clemence, Stevens, Roberts, Miller, Mabbutt (Hughton), Perryman, Chiedozie, Hazard (Thomas), Galvin, Falco, Allen
Clemence, Stevens, Roberts, Miller, Hughton, Perryman, Chiedozie, Hoddle (Mabbutt), Galvin, Falco, Crooks (Thomas)
Clemence, Perryman, Stevens, Miller (Brooke), Hughton, Chiedozie (Dick), Hazard, Hoddle, Galvin, Falco, Crooks
Clemence, Thomas, Roberts, Miller, Hughton, Perryman, Hazard, Hoddle, Galvin (Brooke), Falco, Crooks (Dick)
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