Dave Mackay (10) celebrates his goal against OFK [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Tottenham Reach ECWC Final With Home Semi-Final Win Over OFK Belgrade

Tottenham progressed to the Final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup with a 3 – 1 win at White Hart Lane in the 2nd leg of the semi-final. With a goal advantage from the first game Spurs secured their place in the final with a 5 – 2 win on aggregate.

On This Day

1st May, 1963

Tottenham Hotspur 3  OFK Belgrade 1 (Agg. Won 5 – 2)

Scorers: Mackay, Jones, Smith,R.

Team: Brown; Baker, Henry; Blanchflower, Norman, Marchi; Jones, White, Smith, Mackay, Dyson

Tottenham v OFK Belgrade [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Fifty years ago today, Tottenham reached the Final of their first European competition where they would face the holders, Atletico Madrid, in Rotterdam.

Holding a one goal lead from the 1st Leg, Spurs were anticipating an easy passage to the final. Tottenham were without Jimmy Greaves who was suspended having been sent off in the first game. Danny Blanchflower played, making only his second appearance after a long period out with injury. He had played the previous weekend against Bolton Wanderers and Tony Marchi retained his place in the side with Dave Mackay playing further forward. It proved to be a more difficult match than had been expected and Spurs were made to fight all the way.

Tottenham went ahead through Mackay after 29 minutes but OFK fought back to equalize six minutes later. OFK put Spurs under considerable pressure and in a tense game, Bill Brown and all of the defenders had to be at their best. It was a relief to everyone when Cliff Jones restored Spurs’ lead before half-time. Bobby Smith completed the scoring in the second half to make Spurs the first English club to reach a European final.

The OFK Belgrade coach Milovan Ciric was quick to praise Tottenham after the match at White Hart Lane. In Bernard Joy’s match report he was quoted as saying,

“In Europe are Benfica, Real Madrid and Spurs. The others are not in their class…..We saw the real Spurs at White Hart Lane. They played well in Belgrade, but much better here. We played much better, too, but Spurs were too good and powerful for us.”

The coach also predicted what the score would be in the Final, saying that Spurs were much better than Atletico Madrid and would win 5 – 2. He was nearly right!

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