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Micky recalls 'magical' UEFA Cup campaign

16 February 2014|Tottenham Hotspur

It's almost 30 years since one of the most famous nights at White Hart Lane - and Micky Hazard admits lifting the UEFA Cup meant more than anything during his time at Spurs.

Answering questions from fans on @SpursOfficial, Micky, outstanding in the two legs of the final as we eventually toppled Anderlecht on penalties, explained why that night was 'magical'.

What trophy means more to Micky – the FA Cup in 1982 or UEFA Cup in 1984? From @domdenis
Micky: "That's a great question. From the age of five or six, or whenever you were old enough to understand what the FA Cup was all about, you wanted to win it, and I achieved that. But there’s something about how we won the UEFA Cup, the fact that the final was over two legs and the return was in front of our own fans, the drama of winning on penalties, Keith Burkinshaw’s last game, I played quite well in both games, somehow that’s the one. The double side was the greatest-ever Spurs side but how many teams get to win a trophy in their own stadium? It doesn’t happen that often. We won the UEFA Cup when it was like the Champions League – second, third, fourth and fifth place entered – and it was in our stadium. I came back into the dressing room, we’d just won the UEFA Cup, the phone rang and it was mate from Sunderland! How did he get through? Everyone was on a high. The fans lifted us. It was magical. How many teams have won a major trophy in their own stadium? For me, that surpassed the FA Cup."

What would have been the first name you put on the teamsheet in the team you played in? From @MarcSpurs
Micky: "Without too much bias, me! We had some amazing footballers, so many, great, great players, legends. But being the player I was, the way I played the game and what Spurs stands for, it would have to be two names – Glenn Hoddle and Ossie Ardiles."

Who was the best player you played alongside? From @TheSpursBrain
Micky: "Glenn and Ossie. They were very different. Glenn is the most naturally gifted footballer I’ve ever seen, and I include Maradona and Messi in that. He was incredible at manipulating the ball, landing it on a sixpence, top spin, back spin. Ossie wasn’t as technically gifted but his brain was incredible, he brought everything together. He was the difference in that team of the early 1980s."

What would be your all-time Spurs XI? From @SpursOfficial
Micky: "Ray Clemence is unlucky, but it has to be Pat Jennings in goal, probably the greatest goalkeeper the world has ever seen. Right-back, Steve Perryman, captain and leader and Cyril Knowles at left-back. I’d have Richard Gough and Mike England at centre-halves, Jan Vertonghen is also coming into play, a brilliant player. Midfield would be Hoddle, Ardiles, wow, Dave Mackay, there are so many. Who do I play down the left? Ginola? Bale? Waddle? I’ll go with Chris Waddle, a magical player. Up front, it has to be Jimmy Greaves, a goalscoring genius. Then there’s Chivers, Gilzean but I loved Steve Archibald. That would be my 11. Over the years we’ve had some incredible players. I’m leaving out Cliff Jones, Danny Blanchflower, there are so many. I almost feel guilty picking 11!"

Who is the better Hazard – yourself or Edin? From @SamWardroper
Micky: "It’s difficult to compare, mainly because we come from different eras. He’s a very good player. I think if I was to do an honest comparison, I would probably say I was a more natural footballer, I didn’t have to work at anything, I had lots of natural ability but didn’t achieve what I should have with that ability. Edin will probably achieve what his talent should achieve."