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Memories of '91

Posted on 15 February 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).

Steve Sedgley admits he was close to a tear as he relived our FA Cup Final win against Forest for the first time just a couple of weeks ago.

The midfielder who played over 200 games for us in all competitions was finally persuaded almost 14 years on to watch the video of that May afternoon at Wembley in 1991.

"I was with friends and they asked me if I had it on video and it was the first time I'd got it out and watched it again," recalled Steve.

"It almost brought tears to my eyes. It certainly brought the feelings back from the day. It's something you can't describe unless you've done it and I can tell you now, every player would love to do it.

"I can remember every bit of the day from start to finish, the celebrations, I didn't want to come off the pitch! I can even remember singing with Chas N Dave afterwards. The more you talk about it, you realise it was a dream. I wish I could do it all again."

Having said that, Steve and his team-mates 'did' Wembley twice that season. No Spur needs reminding that we toppled Arsenal in the first FA Cup semi-final to be staged under the famous old Twin Towers a month earlier.

"That was the big one," added Steve, who enjoyed spells at Ipswich Town and Wolves after leaving Spurs in 1994. "It was such a big game, the first FA Cup semi-final to be played at Wembley and that almost overshadowed everything.

"When we won that game you could almost forget that we had the FA Cup Final still to come.

"We didn't think as players that we could better the semi-final, we all thought 'we can't beat this, it's the ultimate' but when we went back and won it that made it all the more sweeter."

Of course, the final is remembered by many as much for Gazza's tackle and knee injury than for Stuart Pearce's bullet free-kick, Gary Lineker's missed penalty, Paul Stewart's equaliser and the Des Walker own goal that handed us the trophy.

To this day though, Steve feels sympathy for Gazza - the player whose magic made sure we stepped out at Wembley twice.

Steve added: "It was sad because football means to him and what he did in the run to the final.

"I roomed with him before the Portsmouth tie and being Gazza, he didn't sleep and was hyper-active and I was panicking because we were playing the next day but he'd just come back from a double hernia. He then went and scored two goals the next day! He also scored against Notts County, Oxford and then Arsenal and it was a shame his big day was spoilt."