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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Roberts, Miller, Hughton, Perryman, Chiedozie, Hazard (Thomas),
Allen (Crooks), Falco, Galvin
Roberts, Miller (Hoddle), Hughton, Perryman, Chiedozie, Hazard,
Galvin, Falco (Cooke), Crooks
Roberts, Miller, Hughton, Perryman, Chiedozie, Hazard (Hoddle),
Galvin, Falco, Crooks (Allen)
Roberts, Miller (Hoddle), Mabbutt, Perryman, Chiedozie (Brooke),
Hazard, Galvin, Falco, Allen (Thomas)
Roberts, Miller, Mabbutt (Hughton), Perryman, Chiedozie, Hazard
(Thomas), Galvin, Falco, Allen
Roberts, Miller, Hughton, Perryman, Chiedozie, Hoddle (Mabbutt),
Galvin, Falco, Crooks (Thomas)
Stevens, Miller (Brooke), Hughton, Chiedozie (Dick), Hazard, Hoddle,
Galvin, Falco, Crooks
Roberts, Miller, Hughton, Perryman, Hazard, Hoddle, Galvin (Brooke),
Falco, Crooks (Dick)