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Derby legends - Paul Gascoigne

Posted on 6 February 2015  - 11:30

With arguably the most famous strike of a right boot in the club's history, Paul Gascoigne left an indelible mark on the North London derby and the FA Cup in April, 1991.

Gazza's free-kick flies into the top cornerGazza celebrates with Vinny SamwaysGary Lineker celebrates the second goal with Gary Mabbutt and Vinny SamwaysGazza and Gary at the final whistle

Regarded as one of, if not the, most famous goal in the club's history, Gazza helped the team win the first FA Cup semi-final to be staged as Wembley and, just as important, halt Arsenal's bid for a double.

Gazza's performances dragged the team through to the last four and Wembley provided the stage for his greatest moment.

There were only five minutes on the clock when Gazza strode up fully 35 yards from goal and pinged a free-kick past the despairing dive of David Seaman into the top corner.

He was involved in the second goal as well, tucked away by Gary Lineker and after Alan Smith pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time, Lineker grabbed his second to clinch a 3-1 victory and send us to the final - where we beat Forest 2-1 to lift the trophy.

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Gary Mabbutt proudly lifted the trophy and our legendary former captain takes up the story of Gazza and that semi-final.

"Paul had just come through an operation so he was struggling to be fit for that semi-final.

"It was a huge game, the first ever semi-final between Spurs and Arsenal and the first time at Wembley Stadium. It had all the ingredients.

"Arsenal were going for the double, we hadn’t been in particularly good form, we were mid-table and the clear underdogs in that game.

"But we went out that day at Wembley and tore Arsenal apart. We played some wonderful football. If you talk to most Spurs fans they still speak far more about that semi-final than they do about the final victory, because of obviously what it meant to them.

"The free-kick Paul scored was unstoppable and the way that he played, the way that he commanded that game, it was the height of his career as far as I was concerned; that year."