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Final countdown - Mabbsy meets...Alan Mullery

Posted on 26 February 2015  - 07:30

'Mabbsy Meets...' is back as we count down to the Capital One Cup Final against Chelsea on Sunday.


Legendary former skipper Gary Mabbutt's Spurs TV special with his fellow legend and team-mate Jurgen Klinsmann proved a big hit and he's back in the interviewer's chair with another Spurs great as Wembley fast approaches.

And who better to talk to than Alan Mullery, captain when we first lifted the League Cup back in 1971.

In this excerpt, the pair compare the experience that only a select band of Spurs captains have experienced - collecting a trophy at Wembley Stadium.

Look out for 'Mabbsy Meets...' on our groundbreaking Matchday Show - an exclusive digital broadcast from Wembley ahead of the League Cup Final against Chelsea.

Below: Alan with the trophy, the team, Bill Nicholson and Eddie Baily after the 1971 final


Gary Mabbutt: "As captain, what were your feelings walking up the steps to lift the trophy?"

Alan Mullery: "It was the second time I’d been involved in a cup final at Wembley. In 1967, we beat Chelsea and walking up behind Dave Mackay to collect the trophy was absolutely fantastic. But to be the captain walking up – as you have been as well – sheer pride comes into it and you can’t take that away from either of us, to be the captain of your club and to receive a trophy.

"There are so many memories of that moment. I’ve signed untold photographs of me with the cup and that’s everlasting. That will never go away, it has gone down in history. When you and I – especially me – finally pass away, and you’ve many years to go, we will always have that memory of being the skipper who walked up and how the crowd responded. That never goes out of your memory. It will always be there."

Below: Gary lifts the FA Cup in 1991


Gary: "People always ask me what I remember from the FA Cup Final in 1991. I remember when the final whistle went, standing at the bottom of those steps at Wembley and as a youngster growing up, we always watched the FA Cup Final at home, every year. The TV shows would start at about 10am in the morning, you’d have shows like ‘It’s A Cup Final Knockout’ and how the teams got to Wembley, you’d watch all that build-up and then the final. Then. after the final, myself, my brother and father would go out to the local park to play football.

"I remember standing at the bottom of the steps at Wembley with all those memories, all those years watching the captain lift the trophy on TV and now it was me walking up those steps. I must admit going up the steps, walking along, collecting the trophy, that moment when you actually turn to share that with the supporters, the noise that hits you - it was just an incredible moment. That’s my main memory, turning around with the trophy and seeing the fans’ reaction."