My top three - Adam Smith
Tue 15 June 2021, 16:30|Tottenham Hotspur
Our summer series continues with Adam Smith, Spurs fan, popular television and radio presenter and events host.
3 - West Ham v Spurs - 04.03.07
What a game! 2-0 down, 2-2, 3-2 down with five minutes to go, we turn it around thanks to Paul Stalteri's - yes, full-back Paul Stalteri - goal in added time...
Adam: "I’m going for West Ham, 2007. It’s a bit of a rogue one, but I’m going to go with games I was at. West Ham away, 3-2 down, minutes left. It was the game Tevez scored for West Ham, Berbatov scored for Spurs, and I’ve a vivid memory of how noisy it was in the away end, and the atmosphere that day. At 88 minutes, it looks like you’re leaving with no points, so to equalise so late and then get the winner, Paul Stalteri, and the reason this is so vivid in my memory even though it was 14 years ago, is how crazy the away end went. I still remember seeing someone’s shoe fly up in the air! To win that match, seven goals, so many sub-stories, and Stalteri’s goal seemed in slow motion. It was like time stopped. The scenes when it went in..."
2 - Spurs 5-1 Arsenal - 22.01.08
Wembley at stake, 1-1 from the first leg, we rose to the occasion magnificently with this 5-1 triumph in the League Cup semi-final - and went on to lift the trophy against Chelsea...
Adam: "It was an evening game, under the lights, against our rivals... it’s the game we all want to win and to do it so emphatically was so special. It was between this and the 3-1 win against Inter in the Champions League as the best atmosphere I can remember at White Hart Lane. I had a Season Ticket in Park Lane, so I was right behind Rafa van der Vaart’s goal against Inter. I thought long and hard about it, but I’m edging towards Arsenal, just because of the opposition!"
1 - Ajax 2-3 Spurs - 08.05.19
We looked down and out, 2-0 down at half-time, 3-0 down on aggregate, but Lucas Moura had other ideas on this night of all nights, the Champions League semi-final, second leg in Amsterdam...
Adam: "You’ve probably heard this from everyone, but it has to be Ajax. It was a game where I just think, ‘wow, I was lucky to be in the stadium’, because a lot of Spurs fans couldn’t get tickets. Lucas scored, then scored the second and then you’re thinking, ‘one goal...’ But it was how late it was, and, again, like it was slow motion. I don’t even remember celebrating when it went in. I was looking at the referee, the linesman, it was too good to be true! A second later, raw emotion. There is nothing like football to change your emotions, to go from agony to ecstasy in a split second. I don’t think there is a moment in football I’ve experienced quite like that goal."