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JP remembers Burkinshaw wrath!

Posted on 29 May 2014  - 16:00

John Pratt last week recalled how Keith Burkinshaw gave him a stern telling-off on the night of our 1984 UEFA Cup final success!


Our charismatic former midfielder, still a regular face behind the scenes at White Hart Lane on matchdays, watched on as we beat Anderlecht in a tense penalty shootout to lift the trophy in front of our own fans on May 23, 1984, after the two-legged final ended all square.

The 65-year-old, who was part of our 1972 UEFA Cup-winning side, was his usual talkative self as a host of legends gathered at the stadium to mark the 30th anniversary of our 1984 triumph last Friday.

But in spite of the glorious events that unfolded on the pitch on that famous night three decades ago, he confessed certain words from our former manager were left ringing in his ears.

“It was the biggest rollicking I’d ever got from Keith Burkinshaw!” he chuckled. “I was the youth team manager at the time but I’d been involved in UEFA Cup games before and Keith asked me to go into the dressing room before the game.

“I went in seven or eight minutes before the boys went out and said good luck to everyone. But then I heard Keith bellow: ‘John Pratt... where have you been?’

“He said that I’d played in these cup finals whereas those boys on the night hadn’t. He said he’d wanted me to talk to them at a bit greater length!

“It was the biggest rollicking I’d got from him. Even when I played for Keith I didn’t get a telling-off like that!”