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UEFA 84, 30 years on - fan-tastic!

Posted on 21 May 2014  - 23:35

Tonight - Friday, May 23 - marks the 30th anniversary of our famous UEFA Cup win against Anderlecht.


Turn the clock back to May 23, 1984 and Keith Burkinshaw's men came from behind to take the game into extra time thanks to Graham Roberts' late strike and then won a dramatic penalty shoot-out as Tony Parks earned hero status with two penalty saves.

We've been running a series of interviews with the key men including 'Robbo', skipper on the night, Ossie Ardiles and manager Keith Burkinshaw and every player's memory includes the incredible atmosphere at the Lane that night.

The fans played their part in one of the club's greatest 'glory, glory nights' and they certainly haven't been forgotten by the men who lifted the trophy.

Mark Falco recalled: "The European nights here were electric. I know it’s easy to say but you’ve got to experience it, playing in our all-white kit under the lights, the Spurs crowd really came alive for the European nights. it would make the hair stand up on the back of your neck."

Winger Tony Galvin said: "It's my favourite memory without a doubt, mainly because we actually won it here in front of our own fans. To see the crowd so happy, pleased, ecstatic at the end of the game was a wonderful feeling and never bettered when I was playing football."

"It was buzzing when I arrived at the stadium," said Tony. "It was a super night. The Shelf was all standing and it must have been close to 50,000 and busy from an early point. It was one of those Tottenham nights, we were all in white and the crowd were always up for European nights. There was an electric atmosphere in there."

Graham Roberts added: "It felt there were 60,000 in that night and that gave us the lift we wanted. Keith asked me to be captain because Steve Perryman had two bookings and missed the game and I knew we had to win.

"It was emotional, but we had to put that to one side. Keith was leaving as well and we couldn’t let him go without winning the trophy. When we walked out that night, the supporters gave us that extra energy. It was a fantastic night."