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Fans make this Club so special - Stevie P back at the Lane

Posted on 11 October 2016  - 16:00

Steve Perryman told fans a wonderful story as he returned to the Lane for our victory against Manchester City.


Our legendary former skipper and record appearance-maker - 854 between 1969-86 - was back at his second home to witness a fine display from the class of 2016.

Steve, who joined our Hall of Fame in May, was warmly-received as always and the feeling was mutual.

“It’s fantastic to be back in this wonderful stadium,” he said. “Well done to you supporters, keep that great support you give to this team and this Club, it makes it very special.”

Such an inspirational figure during his 17 years as a first team player, Steve first walked through the gates aged 16 in 1967. He made his debut in 1969, held the captaincy from 1975-86 and helped us win the League Cup in 1971, UEFA Cup in 1972 and League Cup again in 1973 before leading the team to the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982 and UEFA Cup again in 1984.

With such a wealth of experience and a huge pool to select from, Steve was asked at half-time for his favourite memories of the Lane.

Here’s what he had to say…

Below: Steve with the team after the UEFA Cup Final at the Lane


ANDERLECHT, UEFA Cup Final, 1984

After the first leg ended 1-1 in Belgium, Anderlecht opened the scoring at the Lane only for Graham Roberts to level late to take the game into extra time and then penalties. Danny Thomas missed, but Tony Parks saved twice to send the stadium into delirium - and Steve was suspended for the second leg!

Stevie P: “From a team perspective, it has to be the UEFA Cup Final, Anderlecht, penalties, Danny Thomas missed his penalty and you, the supporters, clapped him all the way back to the half-way line. What a moment. Maybe I noticed that more because I wasn’t involved in the action, as such. The feeling from the crowd to the pitch just typified how it is. I’m sure anyone else taking a penalty after that was more at ease.”

Below: Steve is mobbed after scoring against AC Milan in 1972


AC MILAN, UEFA Cup semi-final, 1972

Steve scored two cracking goals to hand us a 2-1 lead in the first leg of the UEFA Cup semi-final in 1972. We then drew 1-1 at the San Siro and went on to beat Wolves over two legs to win the trophy.

Stevie P: “On a personal note, it’s the UEFA Cup again, the semi-final in 1972 and the second goal against AC Milan. I was lucky to get two shots a game, let along two goals!

“After in the dressing room there was a lot of noise, a lot of celebrating because maybe after that win we’d get to the final. I was always last getting changed and when I did finally get changed, the dressing room was completely empty. I went in the treatment room to get a bit of peace and quiet, laid on an empty bed and all of a sudden the doctor came in, Dr Brian Curtin, bless him (Dr Curtin recently passed away) and he looked in the mirror, did his tie, washed his hands and said into the mirror ‘that Bill Nicholson, he’s a magician’.

“I thought ‘he must be talking to me’ as there was no-one else in the room. I said ‘why’s that, Doc?’ and he pointed at me and said ‘because he very nearly didn’t pick you tonight’. Was that Bill Nick playing mind games? Was it the Doc doing his own bit of persuading that I wasn’t as good as I thought I was after scoring two goals? Who knows? But it typified to me that we were all in it together.”