Alan with the UEFA Cup, May 1972

May 17, 1972 – the definition of glory, glory night as we lifted the UEFA Cup at White Hart Lane, a poignant night for Alan Mullery, who reflects on that triumph with Martin Chivers, two-goal hero from the first leg.

After one of the club’s best-ever results in Europe to overcome Italian giants AC Milan over two legs in the semi-final, Bill Nicholson’s men lined-up against fellow English side Wolves in the final, again over two legs.

The first leg, held at Molineux on May 3, 1972, went to plan as Martin netted twice – including a thunderbolt second goal – to hand us at 2-1 advantage.

The return leg was at the Lane on May 17, 1972. This time Alan, captaining the team, scored a brave header early in the tie to hand us a 3-1 advantage.

Wolves equalised through David Wagstaffe but we held on to become the first side to lift the UEFA Cup in its inaugural year.

We also became the first British team to win two different European trophies after our Cup Winners Cup win in 1963. We made history that night as well, the first British team to lift a European trophy.

The second leg was one Alan will never forget as he scored the goal, lifted the trophy and was then chaired around the pitch by jubilant fans.

As it turned out, that was also Alan’s last match for us – he moved to Fulham in the summer.

Back to the first leg, and Martin has no doubt as to where his second goal on the night stands in his career.

„I remember I was getting a bit of a rollicking from Alan, he was screaming for the ball down the touchline, but I walloped the ball and it flew into the back of the net,“ recalled Martin, third in our all-time top goalscorers list.

„It was the best goal I’ve ever scored and the hardest shot I’ve ever hit.

„I remember thinking to myself ‘if that’s on target, it’s got a chance’ and if it had been at the goalkeeper, it might have taken him in with it as well. I hit it as hard as I hit everything.“

Alan admitted he didn’t want Martin to shoot. „It was late in the game and as he lined it up, I shouted ‘no’ to him,“ he said.

„He ignored me on the overlap, and I shouted ‘you…great goal!’ I was about to give him a rollicking!

„Martin was brilliant that day, he led the line beautifully, scored both the goals and that was typical of him.“

Alanwas left stranded on the pitch at the Lane after the trophy presentation – and had his own lap of hour with 5,000 fans!

„We didn’t know it was going to be Alan’s last game, so it was a wonderful way to go, to do it like that,“ added Martin.

Alan said: „The old cliché is, if you are going to go out, to go out at the top and I’ll never forget that – the last game I played for Tottenham, I captained and scored the goal to win the UEFA Cup.“

COMPETITION TIME!

UEFA 72 DVD

To mark the 40th anniversary of our 1972 UEFA Cup triumph, the club has released a new DVD with extended highlights of the first leg at Molineux – available for the first time.

The DVD also includes an audio track hosted by renowned commentator Barry Davies and re-unites Alan and Martin, who talk about the victory against Wolves. Highlights of the second leg also included.

We’ve five copies of the DVD to give away, so to have a chance of winning, answer the following question…

Which Italian team did we knock out in the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in 1972?

A – AC Milan
B – Juventus
C – Inter Milan

To enter the competition, send an email with your answer to contactus@tottenhamhotspur.com – you can email us directly byFOLLOWING THIS LINK…

The competition will close at 3pm tomorrow – Friday, May 18 – and we will randomly select five winners.

We will contact the winners directly by email by 5pm tomorrow. Good luck!

Editor’s decision final, no correspondence will be entered into….

Ledley addresses youngsters at Skills

Ledley King paid his latest visit to Skills, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation project he has given his backing to, earlier this week.

Skills offers a comprehensive sport and education programme to young people from Haringey aged 12-19 years. Many have been identified as ‘NEET’ (Not in Education, Employment or Training) or at risk of becoming so, including ex-offenders, gang members and young people that have emotional and behavioural difficulties.

In partnership with Haringey Council and the London Boxing Academy, the former site of the Wood Green Youth Centre at White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre has been revamped, with Ledley himself joining local young people in helping with the redecorating process back in February.

ledley skills

Since then, Skills has become active with an average of nearly 40 young people per evening attending to take part in the sport activities on offer, including football, boxing and basketball.

Daytime activities engage young people that have been excluded from, or are in a process that may lead to exclusion from school or college. These young people attend courses, programmes and workshops that will cover a range of academic qualifications.

Ledley was impressed with what he saw on his latest visit, and said: “When I first visited, there was still a lot of work that needed to be done, so I would firstly like to commend everybody involved with the project at how quickly they have got the site up and running.

ledley skills

“It’s a great place for both boys and girls to come along and I can only wish that there were more things like this around when I was younger. I’m just delighted that the project is up and running and that youngsters are showing an interest.

“Having spoken to the young people myself, they seem happy with the project and happy to participate in the different sports on offer. Not everyone enjoys the same thing, so it’s good that there is something for everyone.

“I watched a bit of the football and tried my hand at a bit of boxing, which was hard work! But there are also computers available here for youngsters to come down and learn as well.

“As a Club, we do a great job in giving back to the community and the players show their support throughout the year. Skills is my own way of doing just that.”

Adam made his debut in our final game of the season.

Adam Smith couldn’t hide his delight after making his first team debut in the season’s finale against Fulham.

The young full-back, 20, came on for the final 15 minutes for injured Younes Kaboul.

Usually seen bombing up and down the right touchline, Adam admitted he ‘kept it simple’ and looked comfortable on his first appearance.

Taken to immediately by the crowd – as our Academy graduates always are – the England Under-21 international soon heard the chants of ‘there’s only one Adam Smith’ ringing around the stadium.

“It was brilliant to come on for my debut,” beamed Adam. “I’ve waited a long time for it and I got a great reception from the supporters. I’m buzzing about that.

“I’ve trained with the first team so I know all the lads well, that gave me confidence

“I didn’t want to do anything too much, I just wanted to keep it simple,” added Adam, who scored a 35-yard belter during his loan at MK Dons earlier in the campaign.

“It’s great to get a win and hopefully we’ll take our place in the Champions League next season.”

Jermain has been included in Roy Hodgson's squad.

Scott Parker and Jermain Defoe have been named in the England squad for Euro 2012.

Roy Hodgson named both Spurs players in his 23-man squad that will travel to the tournament, being held in Poland and Ukraine, in hope of winning England’s first major trophy since the 1966 World Cup.

England open their campaign against France, before facing Sweden and Ukraine in the group stage of the competition.

England Euro 2012 squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Rob Green (West Ham), John Ruddy (Norwich)

Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man United), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton)

Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Man United), James Milner (Man City)

Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Man United), Danny Welbeck (Man United), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)

David Howells was on the scoresheet for the Legends.

A busy month for the Spurs Legends team continues this Sunday (20 May) as the boys visit St Albans City FC in Hertfordshire to take on a BAM Nuttall XI.

The game takes place at Clarence Park, York Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4PL, with kick-off at 2pm. Tickets will, as usual, be on sale at the turnstiles on the day.

The lads are carrying momentum into Sunday’s outing after beating Ridgeons League outfit Brightlingsea Regent 4-2 last Saturday.

Ex-Spurs and Norwich City star Paul McVeigh bagged a brace as the Legends gained a measure of revenge for their 4-2 defeat at Brightlingsea last year by reversing the scoreline upon their return to the Essex club.

Andy Sinton and David Howells were also on the scoresheet in a game which also featured our former midfield dynamo Ruel Fox.

It looked like Spurs could be heading for another defeat when Brightlingsea took the lead in bizarre circumstances after just two minutes. With the visitors having stopped in their tracks due to what they thought was an off-side decision, the Brightlingsea attacker strolled through the statuesque defence and rolled the ball into the net.

The officials, though, were adamant there was no off-side decision and the goal stood.

It took the Legends just four minutes to get back on level terms though. Paul McVeigh latched onto a through ball from Garry Brooke and slotted beyond the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner of the net.

The keeper made a low save to deny McVeigh two minutes later, after a ball in from the right from Ruel Fox.

David Howells appeared to be brought down in the Brightlingsea penalty area on 14 minutes, but Spurs’ claims for a spot kick were waved away by the referee.

There was, however, no question about the penalty awarded to Spurs in the 21st minute, from which the visitors took the lead. Fox was clearly dragged down by the arm of an opponent as he tried to latch onto Brooke’s pass, with Howells sending the keeper the wrong way from 12 yards as he fired high into the net.
Three minutes later, Andy Sinton fed McVeigh, who fired over the top from a tight angle.

Howells had the ball in the net again soon after following a delightful sequence of passing, but an early off-side flag denied him his second goal of the afternoon.

McVeigh and Howells both had close range efforts blocked on the line in quick succession, before Sinton volleyed over the bar as the first half came to a close.

Brooke fired just over the bar from a 20-yard free kick three minutes after the interval, before Brightlingsea hauled themselves back level with a low shot on 52 minutes.

Spurs goalkeeper Gareth Howells made a fantastic one-handed save to deny Brightlingsea shortly afterwards, before Fox produced a low save from Howells’ opposite number at the other end.

The visitors were again indebted to keeper Howells as he kept out a header at point blank range a fewminutes later, while McVeigh was denied at the other end by the grounded Brightlingsea stopper.

Tottenham finally regained the lead on 81 minutes when Sinton finished off a three-man move involving Fox and McVeigh with a low shot that crept into the far bottom corner.

The win was wrapped up two minutes later when McVeigh skipped in behind the defence and clipped the ball beyond the goalkeeper to seal a hard-fought victory.

Spurs Legends: Gareth Howells, Paul Miller, Tony Galvin, Andy Edmonds, Stuart Nethercott, Garry Brooke, Ruel Fox, Mark Falco, Andy Sinton, David Howells, Paul McVeigh. Subs: Trevor Wilkinson, Micky Jarrett, Micky Southam.

Places are available on our popular tours of White Hart Lane this weekend.

There are spaces available for tours at 11am, midday and 3pm on Saturday (May 19) and at 11am, noon and 1pm on Sunday (May 20).

Tours will also be available throughout the summer.

Our tours give fans the chance to sit in the dressing room that has housed our great managers and legendary players down the years, from Mackay to Mabbutt, Greaves to Gascoigne, Blanchflower to Bale.

THE WHL TOUR…

The tour takes you down Bill Nicholson Way – named after our legendary, double-winning manager – and into the West Stand where you will then follow in the footsteps of Spurs greats down to the dressing rooms and through the tunnel to pitchside.

See the bust of Bill Nicholson and the original copper cockerel and ball that first adorned the West Stand in 1909 as you walk through reception to the tunnel.

You’ll also be taken to the Directors’ Box, press auditorium and much, much more, taking photographs as you go.

TOUR RATES

Adults – £16.00
Adult One Hotspur Members – £13.50
Junior One Hotspur Members – Free!
Juniors (Unders 16’s) – £9.00
Senior Citizens (Over 65’s) – £11.00
Family Ticket* (2 adults, 2 Children) £42. (*only available by calling the Ticket Office on 0844 844 0102.)

All tickets are subject to a booking fee.

Group rate available, please call 0844 844 0102 for details.

TOUR LINKS

CLICK HERE for our all-new WHL tours microsite and all the details you need…

Book your WHL tour NOW by following this link…

Legends tours – take a tour with the players who made our history – COMIMG SOON – Alan Mullery, Cliff Jones, David Howells – follow this link for more…

 

Don’t forget – all-new VIP tours are also available – follow this link for more…

E18HTEEN ACHIEVEMENTS RECOGNISED

Posted: 16. maja 2012. in Latest News

Jermain with Charlotte and Rt Hon Tim Loughton MP

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation was recognised for its work with children in care by the Rt Hon Tim Loughton MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Young Families, at a ceremony held at White Hart Lane.

The FromCare2Work Quality Mark, managed by Catch22’s National Care Advisory Service, recognises local authorities and employers who are committed to improving the employability opportunities offered to care leavers and to develop their experience of the world of work.

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has a proud history of work in this area, most recently through Jermain Defoe’s E18HTEEN project.

E18HTEEN sees the striker act as an ambassador and positive role model to 16-19 year olds in care or care leavers identified by the local authorities of Barnet, Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest.

Jermain was present to accept the Quality Mark on behalf of the Foundation alongside two E18HTEEN participants, Charlotte and Finnean, who have both achieved qualifications and employment through the project.

Speaking at the event, Jermain said: “The hard work that has been put in over the past year is paying off.  E18HTEEN is something that is close to my heart, giving something back and helping young people by trying to get them to do something constructive with their lives. It’s something I have enjoyed doing and today was special.

“The whole team behind the project have worked extremely hard and the participants themselves have given their all. Charlotte and Finn were here today and just seeing how happy they are is fantastic because they have a goal in life now and know exactly what they want to achieve. It’s so important.”

Tim Loughton said: “I congratulate Tottenham Hotspur Football Foundation on gaining the Quality Mark for their outstanding work with children leaving care in Barnet, Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest.

“Leaving a foster placement or children’s home and stepping out into the adult world is understandably daunting for many young people. It’s vital they get help to gain the skills and training they need to find a job and make their way in the world.”

Young people leaving care face significantly harder challenges in securing training and work opportunities. They are less likely to achieve good GCSEs at school and may need extra help to gain the skills they need to do well.

The most recent statistics show that 13.9 per cent of looked after children achieve good GCSEs (A*-C) in English and mathematics, compared with a national average of 58.6 per cent.

E18HTEEN addresses this by offering an individually tailored learning and development programme with free access to 18 separate training and life skills workshops and 18 different sports.

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation becomes only the third organisation to receive the From Care2Work Quality Mark, alongside York Marriott Hotel and the National Housing Federation.

The 'Ultimate 11' at the Lane

Fans dream of playing on the hallowed turf where the likes of Mabbutt, Klinsmann and Bale have dribbled, tackled and scored for Spurs. And some of our fans’ dreams came true recently.

Our official travel partner, Thomas Cook Sport, launched a fan survey in a bid to find the Ultimate Spurs starting line-up of all time.

Following hundreds of entries from across the country, fans voted for their favourite players in a bid to walk on the hallowed turf at White Hart Lane, wearing their legends names on the back of their Spurs shirt.

Ultimate 11

The following legends made the team:

Pat Jennings; Steve Perryman, Gary Mabbutt, Ledley King, Chris Hughton; Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne, David Ginola, Gareth Bale, Jimmy Greaves, Jurgen Klinsmann. Subs: Gary Lineker, Ossie Ardiles, Danny Blanchflower, Dave Mackay, Teddy Sheringham.

Sixteen lucky fans were invited to play at the Lane in April against an away team made up of journalists and special guests.

The fans didn’t disappoint, proudly wore their legends names and enjoyed a 3-2 win.

Thomas Cook Sport is Official Travel Partner of Tottenham Hotspur and offers a holiday club discount to all Spurs fans, available by asking in any of Thomas Cook’s 1,200 retail stores nationwide.

For more information, visit http://www.thomascooksport.com or call the sales team on 0844 800 9900.

You can also visit our Facebook or Twitter pages,http://www.facebook.com/thomascooksportuk orhttp://www.twitter.com/thomascooksport for more competitions.

The team secured fourth place in the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Fulham on Sunday – now we have to wait and see if we’ll take our place in the Champions League next season.

Goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe were good enough for maximum points and a place in the top four of the Premier League for only the second time.

Focus now turns to the Allianz Arena, Munich, for the Champions League Final on Saturday night.

Chelsea, who finished sixth in the Premier League, take on hosts Bayern Munich knowing that victory will see them take our place in next season’s competition.

Every Spurs fan in White Hart Lane and no doubt worldwide went through all the emotions in Sunday’s thrilling finale.

We knew that victory over Fulham would secure a top-four finish and force Arsenal to match us at West Brom.

Thankfully, Adebayor scored inside two minutes to settle nerves at the Lane.

It was then all about The Hawthorns – with Arsenal also scoring early but then West Brom fighting back to lead 2-1 and we all dared to dream of third.

Even though Santos levelled for the Gunners, we sat in third until approximately 4.09pm, when Laurent Koscielny fired Arsenal ahead.

Defoe pounced with his first touch in the 63rd minute after coming on for Rafa van der Vaart to give us that vital two-goal cushion against Fulham but, alas, there were no further wild outbreaks from the fans celebrating goals elsewhere and on the final whistle, it was fourth place.

That was mission accomplished for the season – but our Champions League fate will decided with Chelsea’s on May 19.

Harry Redknapp made one change from last week’s 1-1 draw at Villa.

Jake Livermore was back in the starting line-up for suspended Danny Rose, with Gareth Bale reverting to left-back in a 4-2-3-1 system.

A good start was vital and Adebayor delivered in the second minute. Drifting in from the left, he played a sharp one-two with van der Vaart, whose return pass invited the striker to dispatch a low sidefoot past Mark Schwarzer.

The Fulham goalkeeper did well to close down Bale froma tight angle and a number of half-chances went begging as we bossed the first half-hour.

Van der Vaart curled inches wide after 34 minutes but Fulham were starting to find their feet and Brad Friedel was forced into two fine saves in the space of a minute to deny John Arne Riise and then, even better, Moussa Dembele.

Schwarzer’s hands were then burned by Bale’s blaster in added time and we went into the break with third place on.

The manager was forced into an early change in the second half as Kyle Walker limped off, replaced by Ryan Nelsen. William Gallas switched to right-back.

Sandro couldn’t get enough power to trouble Schwarzer from Lennon’s cross after 52 minutes and there was another warning from Fulham as Dembele’s clean strike cannoned off the foot of the post.

Defoe was soon introduced for van der Vaart and, typically, took all of three minutes to make his mark.

Lennon’s shot deflected into his path and he finished clinically from eight yards.

That goal gave the striker 10th place on his own in the club’s all-time top 10 goalscorers.

Young full-back Adam Smith was handed a debut in the 76th minute when Kaboul limped out of the action.

It was then all about The Hawthorns, and waiting for another delirious cheer to spread through the stadium.

Unfortunately, it didn’t come and the final action saw Friedel excel again to first tip Damien Duff’s shot onto the post and then flick another fine strike from Dembele over the crossbar.

Spurs (4-2-3-1): Friedel; Walker (Nelsen, 49), Gallas, Kaboul (Smith, 76), Bale; Livermore, Sandro; Modric, van der Vaart (Defoe, 60), Lennon; Adebayor. Unused subs: Cudicini, Giovani, Kane, Saha.

Fulham (4-4-1-1): Schwarzer; Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff, Diarra, Murphy (Kasami, 67), Frei; Dembele; Pogrebnyak. Unused subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Bjorn Helge Riise, Gecov, Briggs, Trotta.

Goals: Spurs – Adebayor (2), Defoe (63).

Attendance: 36,256.

Referee: Mr P Dowd.

XTRA – MAY’S AWARDS

Posted: 15. maja 2012. in Latest News

Luka celebrates his goal at Bolton

It’s time for our final monthly awards of the season!

Fans have three matches to make their choices – Bolton, Villa, Fulham – for May’s Player and Goal of the Month.

As always, we’ll take votes from here on Xtra, Facebook and @SpursOfficial on Twitter.

GOAL OF THE MONTH CONTENDERS – MAY

We’ve three candidates for May’s best goal.

A – Luka Modric v Bolton, May 2 – Rafa van der Vaart angled out a corner to Luka, left of centre, and the midfielder controlled and smashed into the top corner.

Vote for Luka’s goal by CLICKING HERE…

B – Rafa van der Vaart v Bolton, May 2 – Superb counter-attack as Luka Modric released Gareth Bale down the left and he squared for Rafa to sweep home, first time into the far corner.

Vote for Rafa’s goal by CLICKING HERE…

C – Emmanuel Adebayor’s goal v Fulham, May 13 – Ade, left side, squares to Rafa van der Vaart and curves his run between defenders to receive Rafa’s inch-perfect return and sidefoot into the bottom corner.

Vote for Ade’s goal by CLICKING HERE…

PLAYER OF THE MONTH – MAY

As always, this will be an open vote.

Who has caught your eye in May? Have your say via email byCLICKING HERE…