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Cover Story

Our players have always been front page news – as John Fennelly’s ongoing series on magazines from the past clearly illustrates. This month we go back to May, 1984, when we won the UEFA Cup for the second time.

Cover_coverIt is fitting that we look now back on a famous evening at White Hart Lane as next month sees us celebrate 30 years since a pulsating match that many older Spurs fans will remember with more than a touch of pride.

Having lifted the trophy in 1972 and then lost in the 1974 final, we were determined to put things right against an Anderlecht side packed with top international players.

As supporters following our ’30 Years Ago’ feature in the matchday programme will be all too aware, it wasn’t going well for us domestically that season.  But we looked a different proposition in Europe where we swept aside the challenge of Drogheda United, Feyenoord, Bayern Munich, FK Austria and Hajduk Split on our way to destiny and that stirring finale at the Lane.

And two Spurs players would become instant Tottenham heroes – Graham Roberts, who led from the front, and 21-year-old goalkeeper Tony Parks with his brace of heart-stopping penalty saves.

The ingredients were all there.  Top European opposition under lights in front of a packed house and with all to play for.

Mix in the fact that popular manager Keith Burkinshaw had announced that this would be his last game. And influential skipper Steve Perryman was suspended having been booked in the first leg. We were also without injured duo Glenn Hoddle and Ossie Ardiles for much of the season – although Ossie would make a vital return when needed.

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