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Memories of '85

Posted on 16 April 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

For Chris Hughton, the sight of the Shankly Gates will always rekindle fond memories of a famous day for Spurs at Anfield over 20 years ago.

Long-serving coach Chris travels to the Red side of Stanley Park again this afternoon as we face Rafa Benitez's men in the Barclays Premiership.

Chris, who has spent most of the last 26 years at the club, was part of the team that beat all-conquering Liverpool back in 1985 thanks a to Garth Crooks strike, completing a double over that great team that season.

Pundits would always rub it in that we hadn't won at Anfield since the Titanic went down - even though Liverpool had spent long periods out of the top flight - so the 1-0 victory finally sunk that theme!

"I remember the ball going in the back of the net, that's for sure!" smiled Chris as he recalled that spring afternoon.

"There appeared to be more build-up to it that season, perhaps because we'd been threatening to win there in previous seasons.

"We went there a couple of seasons before and it was a typical day at Anfield. We went 1-0 up and for the first 45 minutes we probably played the best football at Anfield certainly I'd been involved in and any visiting team had been involved in for a few years.

"Liverpool then scored in the 42nd minute and 44th minute and went in at half-time 2-1 up! You couldn't believe it, you's be sitting in the the dressing room wondering what more you do - but that was Anfield."

You could rattle off any number of names that made Liverpool what they were in the late 1970s and 1980s - winning titles in 1975-76, 76-77, 78-79, 79-80, 81-82, 82-83, 83-84, 85-86, 87-88 and 1989-90, as well as the European Cup in 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1984 - but Chris points out that it was all about the team.

"It was a very special side, a fantastic team and Anfield was the most difficult place to go," he said.

"They had wonderful individuals but they were a team. They had a the feel of a great team and you knew whatever the circumstances, they always had a chance of winning games because of how they were - great individuals, fantastic team ethic.

"It was a wonderful era and that's changed with the money in the game and the emergence of Arsenal, United and now Chelsea."