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Your 100 Greatest Spurs Moments: 87

Posted on 9 April 2003  - 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).

Welcome to number 87 and the return of our series Your 100 Greatest Spurs Moments - a collection of memories from you, the fans.

This time around we turn the clock back to that memorable 1986-87 season and our demolition of Watford in the FA Cup semi-finals.

With the FA Cup semi-finals approaching, we'll recall a couple of your favourite semi-finals memories from the greatest moments we've collected - with the exception of one which, as you can probably guess, is in our top 10.

Number 87: FA Cup semi-final, April 11, 1987, Spurs 4-1 Watford


A double from Steve Hodge and goals from Paul and Clive Allen booked our place in the final at Wembley Stadium.

This is a greatest moment sent in by Lee Hermitage and here are his memories...

This is seemingly the most devalued game in our recent history because, according to the critics, the opposition supposedly didn't have a proper goalkeeper - I am of course, talking about the FA Cup semi-final against Watford at Villa Park.

Many people cursed the decision to take the game to the Midlands, but would it have been anywhere near as memorable a day out if it had been at Stamford Bridge or Highbury? I think not.

For a-then 19-year old, not long in full time employment, and looking forward to a first big away-day out, it was an amazing day. Up at around 5.30, and out of the house shortly after 6.30 to get to the Lane in good time to catch the Members' coach. I had a terrace ticket at the Holte End, just a mere £5, the same price as the programme from our most recent semi-final against you-know-who.

And what a sight Villa Park was on semi-final day! We all had enough time to take it in, the game being delayed to allow the extra traffic time to get to the ground. I remember seeing various people in fancy dress - pirates, court jesters, Henry VIII! And the performance was fit for a king.

Forget the nonsense about Gary Plumley being in goal for Watford. They could have stuck Steve Sherwood and Tony Coton in there as well. After the disappointment of the League Cup semi-final (the route-march back to Seven Sisters after that match still being my most painful memory in twenty-seven years as a Spurs fan), there was no way Spurs were going to lose this one - we would have beaten anybody that day.

Steve Hodge may have played in the claret-and-blue, but his finest ever performance at Villa Park (and indeed in a Spurs shirt) came that afternoon. Paul Allen got reward for his efforts over the season with the goal that sealed the match. Somehow, there was a nagging 'this one's not over yet' feeling four years later when we were 2-0 up against Arsenal after ten minutes - but 3-0 up after half an hour against a team that you know didn't have it in them to come back, well that was a different kettle of fish.

The journey home was something special too. Everywhere you looked as we headed back down the M6 and M1, there was blue and white. I can remember getting home about 11 pm, just as the second-half highlights were rolling on the Big Match, and I've still got those highlights on tape. Villa Park has always been my favourite away ground ever since.

Look out for another of Your 100 Greatest Spurs Moments, coming soon...

This is not a countdown of your greatest moments in descending order according to votes - numbers 100-10 are being picked at random from all of the memories collected. However, we will publish the top 10 most popular moments in terms of votes when we reach that stage of the series...