Garry Brooke was the unlikely saviour as the Spurs Legends side held on to claim a 2-2 draw in a charity match against FC Team on Sunday.
Our former midfielder took on the role of goalkeeper for the day - but the one time he used his hands in the entire match proved to be the save that prevented the Legends’ opponents from claiming victory in the dying minutes!
With the likes of Justin Edinburgh, Steve Sedgley, Clive Wilson and Andy Sinton on show, the Legends came up against FC Team, a side made up of a set of former university pals.
The event was a memorial match for FC Team's late club president Peter Moss, who died in a suicide bomb attack on a cafe in Marrakesh earlier this year.
Proceeds from the day were donated to JAMI, a charity dealing with mental health in the Jewish community.
In glorious sunshine, Andy Sinton was played in behind the defence after five minutes, but his shot proved an easy take for the FC Team goalkeeper.
The hosts took the lead in the 10th minute when their attacker ran rings around makeshift goalkeeper Brooke before rolling the ball into the net.
Spurs restored parity 10 minutes after half-time when Steve Sedgley pinpointed Micky Southam out on the left with a cross-field pass. Southam controlled the ball brilliantly and fired past the goalkeeper to make it 1-1.
Five minutes later, the hosts went in front again following an attack down the left, but again it was Southam who equalised. Just two minutes after Spurs had fallen behind, he turned and fired in from a tight angle.
With 15 minutes left, keeper Brooke raced some 40 yards off his line to keep the ball in play at the side of the pitch, successfully dummying an attacker in the process!
Micky Jarrett forced a low save from the FC Team keeper shortly afterwards as Spurs pushed for a winner.
But after Clive Wilson was wrestled off the ball by a counter-attacking FC Team player, it was down to Brooke to prevent the hosts from stealing the win in the dying moments.
And prevent them he did, making a fine left-handed save to push the ball wide in what was the first and only time his hands came into play, despite playing the full game between the sticks!
Spurs Legends: Garry Brooke, Andy Edmonds, Tony Galvin (sub: Trevor Wilkinson, 45), Steve Sedgley, Justin Edinburgh, Mark Stimson, Micky Southam, Andy Sinton, Clive Wilson, Micky Jarrett, Warren Gravette.
With thanks to Billy Shaw...