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It was 30 years ago today...

Posted on 14 May 2011  - 12:00

Ricky Villa scored one of the most famous goals of all-time to win the FA Cup on Thursday, May 14, 1981.

It was 30 years ago today...

Ricky Villa scored one of the most famous goals of all-time to win the FA Cup on Thursday, May 14, 1981.

The Argentinian favourite scored the clinching third goal of a 3-2 win against Manchester City in the final replay at Wembley after the initial tie ended 1-1 on Saturday, May 9.

In one of the great FA Cup stories, Ricky picked himself up after being substituted on the Saturday and famously trudging around the greyhound track back to the dressing room at the old Wembley to win his place in Spurs hearts forever.

World Cup winner Ricky was back in the starting line-up for the replay and made an early impact by opening the scoring from close range.

In a thrilling final, Steve McKenzie levelled and Kevin Reeves put City 2-1 up before Garth Crooks hauled us back to 2-2 and Ricky then produced his famous moment.

Voted the best goal in FA Cup Finals at Wembley and number two in Greatest Moments lists of 2002 and 2008, few Spurs fans will need reminding of Ricky's wonder goal, that jinking, twisting run into the box, low shot under Joe Corrigan and jubilant, celebration run where the passion of the moment took over.

Still loved at the Lane and a Hall of Fame inductee, Ricky said: "It is a great memory for me. I still can't believe every time I come back people still remind me of that goal. That is great.

"I have to say thanks to English football, English fans and, most of all, Spurs.

"It's an honour for me to be remembered, the goal stays in the memory of fans here and I am pleased with that."

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