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Your 100 Greatest Spurs Moments: 96

Posted on 25 September 2002  - 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 96 of our new series Your Greatest Spurs Moments, a collection of memories from you, the fans.

We will run the series every Wednesday - unless we've a midweek match - through the season.

Number 96: Charity Shield, Manchester United 3 Tottenham Hotspur 3, Old Trafford, August 12, 1967

BIG PAT SCORES!

A moment again captured perfectly in commentary by the late Kenneth Wolstenholme with these words. "Yes. A magnificent effort. Eight minutes gone and Jennings has scored for Tottenham!"

Only a few minutes had gone when Pat unleashed a huge clearance upfield. The ball landed just outide the United penalty area, skipped up off the surface, drifted over the head of Alex Stepney and into the unguarded net.

Pat, still coaching at the club, took time out at Spurs Lodge to recall the famous moment. "The first thing I suppose is that we were lucky to get in on film in the first place," he said. "In those days we only had about 10 games a season on TV.

"We had a free-kick on the edge of the box and Dave Mackay was just about to take it when I told him to knock it back to me and I'd clear it upfield.

"I was aiming for Gilly (Alan Gilzean) up front but it missed Gilly, Alex Stepney came out hoping for a loose ball but as soon as it missed Gilly, he was in no man's land, stranded and the next bounce it was in the net.

"Everyone then thought 'okay, what happens now', including me. It was one of those magic moments."

Stepney admits that he still can't quite believe the incident and revealed in United's official match programme, United Review, against Spurs on Saturday that few people have let him forget about it.

He recalls: "It was a great game. Bobby Charlton scored two, including one of his trademark piledrivers. The game goes from one end to the other, the score ends 3-3 and we both share the trophy. Unfortunately, after all that, it only gets remembered for me.

"It's amazing how many people still remember it. But I never duck out of talking about it. I let the bloody goal in. I'm not going to say the sun was in my eyes or anything like that.

"I just remember that the ball was in their penalty area and Pat had the ball ready to kick it out. Then I came off my line a bit and thought 'blooming hell, this is long!

"I think I shouted 'goal kick' but Greavsie was screaming 'it's a goal, ref, it's a goal'. Then he realised what had happened and gave the goal. It's funny now but at the time it wasn't great having to pick the ball out of the net. Pat just said 'I'm sorry' when we trudged off at half-time."

Pat added: "It was a fluke and thinking about it, Dave Mackay could have taken the free-kick anyway. I suppose it was just meant to be."

Graham Cassidy sent in Big Pat's goal as his Greatest Spurs Moment.

Look out for out next Greatest Spurs Moment, coming next week...

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...