Tottenham On This Day: Spurs Take Another Step Towards UEFA Cup Triumph

Martin Chivers scorers against Rapid Bucharest [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Martin Chivers scorers against Rapid Bucharest [Photo: Logan Holmes]

8th December, 1971

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Rapid Bucharest0 EUFA Cup 3rd Round (1st Leg)

Having progressed serenely through the 1st Round of the UEFA Cup against Keflavik of Iceland, Tottenham had found it more challenging in the 2nd Round against Nantes of France. A single goal over the two legs, scored by Martin Peters in the 2nd leg was all that separated the two teams at the end a tense, nervous night at White Hart Lane.

[Photo: Logan Holmes]

[Photo: Logan Holmes]

Drawn at home for the 1st leg against Rapid Bucharest Spurs wanted to ensure they were in a strong position for the return game in Romania. Martin Peters gave them the perfect start, putting Spurs ahead after 20 seconds, heading home from a long throw by Martin Chivers.

Chivers added the second after thirty seven minutes when he received a pass from Jimmy Neighbour and held off two tackles to score.The goalkeeper who had fumbled his way through the game was infuriated as he thought Neighbour had committed a foul.The Romanians and their manager, who came on to the pitch, protested and the offended goalkeeper threatened to quit the game.When the game re-started, he refused to play the ball and only cleared a back pass at the last moment as Gilzean charged in looking to score.

Spurs created numerous chances but failed to take them until the 63rd minute when Chivers scored his second to give Spurs a three goal cushion for the second game a week later.

 

Topics: 8th December 1971, Martin Peters, Soccer, Tottenham Hotspur, UEFA Cup

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