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Hard As Nails - Review

Posted on 2 December 2008  - 12:00

Like many Spurs fans, Graham Roberts will never forget that night at the Lane in 1984 when he lifted the UEFA Cup.

Hard As Nails - Review

Like many Spurs fans, Graham Roberts will never forget that night at the Lane in 1984 when he lifted the UEFA Cup.

With Steve Perryman suspended, Graham took on the armband for the second leg of the final and gave a masterclass in the art of leading by example.

Robbo's memories of that special night are detailed in his new book ‘Hard As Nails,' an autobiography that Spurs fans will enjoy as he looks back on his time at the club with real affection.

His subsequent journey to England international and on through the league as player and manager is a real ‘page turner' that leaves him as optimistic as ever despite his latter days at Clyde when he admits he was at his lowest ebb.

But talk of that UEFA Cup triumph against Anderlecht and you can sense the smile on Graham's face as he writes. His equaliser and successful kick in the nail-biting penalty shoot out are part of our history.

"I don't think it gets any better than winning a European trophy on your own ground, in front of your own supporters," he recalls.

"The trophy weighed a ton and I barely had enough energy left to lift it above my head. It was after 11pm when the game finished and the players were still on the pitch celebrating beyond midnight.

"That is the match Spurs fans most remember me for. I'm happy with that because I think it was the best game of football I ever played."

Hard As Nails: The Graham Roberts Story (Black & White Publishing).

JF