Do you remember... Man Utd
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).
Your recollections of great games and famous triumphs over Saturday's opponents Manchester United...
Spurs V Man U, 6th round of F.A. Cup. Can't remember the exact year - possibly 76-77. About 53,000 of us crammed into the lane. We drew 1-1, I think, then were beaten at Old Trafford but it was a great game. We used the then super sub Peter Taylor. Gordon Strachan just couldn't keep up with him. One time in particular Strachan held on to Taylor's shirt for the whole length of the wing. Taylor made his cross then got a warning from the ref for removing his shirt on the field and passing it to Strachan who seemed to want it pretty badly!
Ian Clark, Chingford
I think the most memorable game I ever saw against Man U was in the mid 60s when we beat them at home 5-1. That was in the times of a 5 man forward line and every one of our forwards scored a goal. Unfortunately, when we played them at Old Trafford they beat us by the same score but, as I recall it, we played extremely well that day and could even have got a draw but I think there was an irresistible force against us.
A 2-2 draw in 1989. Was a great game with goals from Waddle and Walsh. The second being particularly special as it was a wonderful 1-touch move in the build-up. Paul Stewart missed a penalty (which he won) in the final moments.
Benny V, East London
We have had some great tussles over the years with Man Utd I have seen us both struggle and beat them emphatically in recent years. The special memory for me however goes back to 1979 in a two legged League Cup tie at the Lane, Spurs had a free -kick at the corner of the box, I can`t remember the other players involved in this tactic, but the ball was passed in a one two and Hoddle half volleyed to the top corner a truly class goal. I think we won 2-0 that night which carried us into the 2nd leg and, if my memory is correct, it was enough to carry us into the next round.
I was at the game when Spurs won 3-1 in 1999 and Carr scored that screamer from long range. I had a season ticket that season in the lower tier of the East Stand and will never forget the moment when he ran from the halfway line, with thousands of Spurs fans screaming at him to shoot. As soon as the ball left his foot, I could see it arrowing towards Mark Bosnich's top left hand corner and when it bulged the net I went ABSOLUTELY BERSERK with joy. So much so that the guy who sat next to me leapt on me and nearly pushed me over my seat but I managed to keep my balance. That has to go down as one of my greatest moments at the Lane!!
From Mark Dean, Hornchurch, Essex.
I remember years back a great game between Us and Man Utd at Old Trafford, I think it was mid-eighties. We were getting beat and we come back to manage a draw, 2-2 or 3-3 I think. Mabbs scored with a bullet of a diving header, great goal! to put us level.
Andy Hall, Newcastle.
I certainly remember Spurs victory over Manchester United on 23rd October 1999. I was at White Hart Lane on that day and remember quite well Stephen Carr scoring a wonder goal. I am from Malta and had traveled together with my dad for a one day visit to London just to watch Spurs play against the Red Devils.
Mind, you, it was not the first time that I travelled all the way from Malta to London on one-day visits just to watch Spurs play United and after the game hurry back to Heathrow Airport to catch the flight to Malta. I usually travel on such occasions either with my dad or friends who are all ardent United supporters.
I watched Spurs against Man Utd also on the 12th of January 1997, in a league match that we lost 1-2. Ramon Vega was making his debut on that occasion in a side that was ravaged by injuries. I remember quite well Rory Allen's equaliser just before half-time and, unfortunately, also David Beckham's trademark goal that sealed United's victory. I remember myself being very disappointed after the game going back home to Malta.
I went back home, happier, however on the 12th of December 1998 when Graham's Spurs acquired a 2-2 draw in the last minute against the best United side ever. Sol Campbell scored the 2-2 equiliser after United had gone 2-0 up early in the game. I remember myself shouting my head off and teasing all those United Maltese fans all the way back to Malta. David Ginola was also at his best during this period, driving crazy the United defence for most of the time and also helping for the sending off of Gary Neville. Indeed, there was an aura of optimism at the Lane during this period, as George Graham was seemingly managing to reshape a decent side that until a few months earlier had seemed doomed to relegation.
My last visit, as I've already said was back in October 1999, when finally we managed to beat Man Utd 3-1. I remember that Spurs made a decent start to the 1999-2000 season but, unfortunately, we ended up as usual in a mediocre position: Spurs in mid-table position. I will again be watching Spurs vs United come next Saturday 29 September and hope to come back home to Malta in a happy mood. Thanking you for your keen interest in Spurs supporters.
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