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Your 100 Greatest Spurs Moments: No.2

Posted on 9 July 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).

We countdown the top 10 of our 'Your 100 Greatest Spurs Moments' as voted by the fans last summer.

WE PUT together the 'Greatest Spurs Moments' series last summer expecting, as always, a huge response - but we didn't expect the variety of moments that we would receive.

In the end, the series was changed to 'Your 100 Greatest Spurs Moments' but we've realised that we will not be able to run every one.

So we've put together a list of the top 100 moments - found below - and will run the top 10, as voted by you, over the next two weeks.

Thanks again for your terrific response...

YOUR 100 GREATEST SPURS MOMENTS: TOP 10

NUMBER TWO: 'GOING ALL THE WAY...VILLA...'
Dateline: May 14, 1981
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Match: FA Cup Final replay, Tottenham Hotspur 3 Manchester City 2

You don't have to have been there, you don't even have to have been born - every Spurs fan knows this goal inside out.

With the scores level at 2-2 and only a few minutes remaining, Villa picks up the ball on the left touchline, dribbles towards goal, keeps going, into box, jinks around Tommy Caton, back again and suddenly he's sliding the ball under Joe Corrigan after scoring the most famous FA Cup Final goal of all time.

It was all the sweeter for the Argentinian after his disappointment of the original final when he trudged around the track after being substitiuted.

For the record, that game was a 1-1 draw and the replay was a cracker - Villa opened the scoring, Steve McKenzie's rocket levelled the scores, Kevin Reeves put City 2-1 up, Garth Crooks made it 2-2 and then Villa's moment...

Here are your memories...

It's got to be Ricky Villa's second in the '81 cup final replay. I don't think there as been a better cup final since then and Ricky's goal was the perfect finish to a hell of a game, especially since nobody had the slightest inkling that the big man had such skill. He was just Ozzie's mate from Argentina, not a dribbling, goal-scoring machine! Don't get me wrong, the 84 UEFA final brought tears to my eyes (I was only 10 at the time) and I still have trouble believing Gazza's 30-yard scorcher beating Seaman into the top corner, but the '81 match was the defining moment for what I believe is the greatest Spurs team I have ever had the privilege of watching...Hoddle, Ardiles, Archibald, Crooks, Galvin, Clemence, Perryman and the big Argentinean...unstoppable. Scott Ellis.

Ricky Villa's winner in the 1981 centenary FA Cup replay - pure magic! Peter Scott.

My greatest moment was the 81 final. I'd missed the 1st match as I couldn't get a ticket. I managed to obtain a ticket for the replay and although I was on crutches with plaster above my knee I took my place on the lower tier opposite the tunnel. I managed to keep on my feet untill Ricky Villa scored, without thinking I jumped up in the air only to twist my good ankle. I lost one of crutches and couldn't put any weight on either leg...I was eventually carried out by a couple of friends and was so elated I felt no pain untill the following day. I never got the lost crutch back, and the hospital was perplexed but amused when I told them the story. I wonder if the crutch is still in lost property? Paul Houghton.

Has to be Ricky Villa's winner in the 1981 Cup Final. I was behind the goal he scored it in. The song "Two-one down, three-two up....." was born on Wembley Way that night. Kevin Gregory.

My favourite moment was when Ricky Villa scored his fantastic goal in the FA cup replay against Manchester City in 1981. Brendan Blake

Ricky Villa Vs Man City, the greatest FA Cup goal of all time. Adam Burke.

The greatest moment I remember has got to be Ricky villa's goal in the FA Cup. What a brilliant goal - you wont see a better one scored in any final. Peter Thomas, mid-Glamorgan.

YOUR 100 GREATEST SPURS MOMENTS: THE FULL LIST: 100-2
2 Ricky Villa's goal, FA Cup Final, 1981
3 Roberts goal, Parks save, 1984 UEFA Cup Final
4 5-1 v Chelsea, Worthington Cup semi-final, 2001
5 Nielsen goal, Worthington Cup Final, 1999
6 Ronny Rosenthal hat-trick v Southampton, FA Cup, 1995
7 Carr goal v Manchester United, October 1999
8 Mabbutt lifts FA Cup, 1991
9 Ginola goal v Barnsley, FA Cup, 1999
10 Hoddle goal v Oxford, 1987
11 Ginola volley v Leeds, FA Cup, 1999
12 Klinsmann four goals v Wimbledon, 1998
13 8-1 v Gornik Zabrze, European Cup, 1961
14 Klinsmann overhead kick and dive v Everton, 1994
15 Chivers v Wolves, UEFA Cup Final, 1972
16 Ricky Villa v Wolves, FA Cup semi-final, 1981
17 Clinching the double, 1961
18 Winning at Anfield, FA Cup, 1995
19 Hoddle's chip v Watford, 1983
20 9-0 v Bristol Rovers, Division Two, 1978
21 Steffen Freund's only goal at Stevenage, pre-season, 2001
22 4-1 v Watford, FA Cup semi-final, 1987
23 Don McAllister header v Bolton, Division Two, 1978
24 First win at Liverpool since 1912, March 1985
25 Jimmy Greaves goal v Leicester City CHECK
26 Bobby Smith goal v Burnley, FA Cup Final 1962
27 Beating Arsenal, November 1995
28 First half performance v Manchester United, September 2001
29 Poyet equaliser v Arsenal, November 2001
30 Hoddle becomes manager, April 2001
31 Pat Jennings two penalty saves v Liverpool, 1973
32 3-4 defeat v Aston Villa, 1994
33 Hoddle volley v Forest, October 1979
34 Ajax away, Cup Winners Cup, 1981
35 Waddle goal v Southampton, May 1986
36 FA Cup Final, 1967
37 Jimmy Greaves goal v Newcastle, 1969
38 Roberts tackle on Charlie Nicholas, 1985-86
39 Nayim from half-way line for Real Zaragoza v Arsenal, 1995
40 Chelsea in the rain, November 1970
41 Ramsey penalty v Manchester City, 3-3, September 1952
42 0-0 draw at Southampton to clinch promotion, 1978
43 Ossie and Ricky's debut, 1978
44 Bill Nicholson's first game in charge, 10-4 v Everton, 1958
45 Cup Winners Cup v Atletico Madrid, 1963
46 Carr goal v Sunderland, 2000
47 Greaves hat-trick on debut, December 1961
48 Greaves 300th goal and hat-trick, 7-0 v Burnley, September 1968
49 Jennings save v Newcastle, League Cup semi-final, 1976
50 Pratt goals v Notts County, January 1978
51 Jennings goal v Manchester United, Charity Shield, August 1967
52 4-1 v Manchester United, 1996
53 5-0 v West Ham, League Cup, 1987
54 Greaves goal v Manchester United, 5-1, 1965
55 Klinsmann rejoins, 1997
56 4-0 v Hungary, friendly CHECK
57 5-0 v Arsenal at White Hart Lane, 1983
58 Benfica in European Cup semi-final, 1962
59 Hoddle volley v Manchester United, 1979
60 5-1 v Manchester United, 1965
61 Leonhardsen goal v Charlton, FA Cup, 2001
62 FA Cup v West Brom, 1962
63 Eintracht Frankfurt, Cup Winners Cup, March 1982
64 First half of Cup Winners Cup v Feyenoord, October 1983
65 Ticker tape reception for Ossie, Ricky, 1978
66 1-0 down, 2-1 up v Luton, two men sent off, Stewart double, December 1990
67 Mabbutt diving header v Manchester United, 1986
68 Win v Oldham, May 1994
69 Nayim hat-trick, Manchester City away, FA Cup, 1993
70 3-0 v Manchester United away, League Cup, 1989
71 Ralph Coates winner, League Cup Final v Norwich, 1973
72 Four goals in five minutes v Southampton, Feb 93
73 3-0 win v Forest, November 1980
74 Stewart goal v Coventry, 3-2, April 1990
75 Klinsmann first goal at Sheffield Wednesday, 1994
76 Gazza performance v Notts County, FA Cup, 1991
77 Mullery goal v Chelsea, 1970
78 4-3 v Burnley, FA Cup, 1966
79 Hoddle goal v Leeds, March 1980
80 Ardiles testimonial, Maradona, 1986
81 FA Cup semi-final v Forest, 1967
82 Game that clinched title v Sheff Wed, 1961
83 Paul Miller goal v Anderlecht, 1984
84 UEFA Cup semi-final v Hadjuk Split, 1984
85 Colin Calderwood goal at Barnsley, 1998
86 Armstrong goal v Arsenal, 1995
87 Lineker goal v Arsenal, FA Cup semi-final, 1991
88 Iversen's chip to win League Cup semi-final at Wimbledon, 1999
89 Rebrov goal at West Ham, FA Cup, 2001
90 Chivers double v Villa, League Cup Final, 1971
91 Stewart headed winner v Liverpool, March 1990
92 Ginola performance and goal v Wimbledon, FA Cup, 1999
93 Paul Stewart hat-trick v Millwall in 5-0 win, April 1989
94 Gazza’s first goal with one sock v Arsenal, 1988
95 Archibald & Falco goals v Bayern Munich, UEFA Cup, 1983-4
96 Klinsmann last goal/Mabbutt's farewell, 1998
97 Nayim volley v Liverpool, 2-0, October 1992
98 Galvin goal v Ajax, 1981
99 Teddy Sheringham two goals at Anfield, 2-1, August 1993
100 Howells two goals v Forest, October 1990