The Centenary FA Cup Final between Tottenham and Manchester City ended in a 1 – 1 draw at Wembley with the replay to be played the following Thursday.
On This Day
9th May, 1981
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Manchester City 1
Scorers: Hutchinson (o.g.) Hutchinson
Team: Aleksic; Perryman(Captain), Miller, Roberts, Hughton; Ardiles, Hoddle, Villa (Brooke), Galvin; Archibald, Crooks
The 100th FA Cup Final produced a disappointing display from Spurs in a game which is best remembered for the long, lonely walk of a disconsolate Ricky Villa as he slowly trudged around Wembley, having been substituted with Spurs a goal down. Spurs record of being undefeated in Cup Finals was still in place but it was a close run thing and they were eternally grateful to City’s Tommy Hutchinson for deflecting Hoddle’s shot from a free kick past his own goalkeeper with ten minutes left. Hutchinson had given City the lead after half an hour and Spurs were glad of an opportunity to redeem themselves on another day in the replay.
Also On This Day
9th May, 1984
Anderlecht 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 UEFA Cup Final (1st Leg)
Scorers: Olsen Miller
Team: Parks: Thomas, Hughton, Roberts, Miller, Perryman, Hazard, Archibald, Falco, Stevens (Mabbutt), Galvin.
Anderlecht were the holders of the trophy but Spurs took the game to them and went close to scoring on a number of occasions. The Spurs defensive partnership of Graham Roberts and Paul Miller stood firm and early in the second half Miller had time to put Spurs ahead, heading in from a corner. The home team came looking for a goal but Spurs were in control, although Steve Perryman was booked which meant he would miss the return game. Five minutes from time, however, goalkeeper Tony Parks mishandled the ball allowing Anderlecht to equalise through Olsen. All square for the 2nd Leg but Spurs had a vital away goal.
#knowyourtottenhamhistory 7th May, 1977 Never a Good Day for Tottenham