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Maxy's moment

22 October 2015|Tottenham Hotspur

Graham Roberts describes it as one of the most important goals in our history.

The goalscorer Paul ‘Maxy’ Miller describes it as a ‘proud moment’.

In many ways, Paul’s goal in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Final against Anderlecht in 1984 is the forgotten goal after the thrilling second leg at the Lane, where we lifted the trophy.

Not for his team-mates though. “It was a vital goal,” said ‘Robbo’, his central defensive partner, friend and now fellow Hall of Famer - watch Robbo and Maxy's HOF induction night at the top of  the page.

Below: Maxy with the UEFA Cup in 1984


“Of course I then scored at home in the return and we went on to win on penalties in a night no-one will forget. But if Maxy hadn’t scored that goal, we might not have got that chance.

“He’s an unsung hero for me, fantastic for this football club, great to play with and we’ve been friends since.”

Maxy powered home a header from Micky Hazard’s corner to hand us the lead in the first leg before Anderlecht levelled late on.

He reflected: “I was generally nuisance value when I went up for set-pieces but I managed to get my head on a corner and it flew in. It was an important goal and a proud moment.

Below: Memories of 84


“But it was a disappointing night for us in the end because we could have wrapped it up over there. We felt the game should have been over and knew they would play better in the return. Thankfully, we all know how it turned out back at White Hart Lane.

“It’s one of many highlights. I look back at my debut, the cup finals, my testimonial, the great trips abroad all around the world together and now the Hall of Fame. That’s the icing on the cake really.”