Tottenham On This Day
9th January, 1980
Manchester United 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 (aet) (FA Cup 3rd Round Replay)
Team: Aleksic (Pratt), Hughton, Miller, Yorath, McAllister, Perryman, Ardiles, Armstrong, Gibson, Hoddle, Villa
Spurs and Manchester United had drawn 1 – 1 at White Hart Lane in the 3rd Round tie on the previous Saturday. Ossie Ardiles had put Spurs ahead only for United to equalise very soon after from a controversial penalty.
Spurs progressed to the 4th Round, the hard way when the replay at Old Trafford had to go extra time before they scored the late winner. Scoreless at the end of ninety minutes, Spurs had had to play for over half an hour with Glenn Hoddle in goal for the injured Milija Aleksic. The goalkeeper had been hurt in an aerial challenge by the United centre forward, Joe Jordan. I wonder what happened to him after he retired from playing? Aleksic was taken off with a broken jaw.
Hoddle took over in goal and played confidently coping with the aerial threat of Jordan as Spurs kept battling away. Just as extra time was drawing to a close their persistence paid off when Ardiles managed to summon a last ounce of energy to score the winner when the ball was laid back to him by Ricky Villa.
After the first match at White Hart Lane, Keith Burkinshaw had explained Ardiles’ outstanding performance as,
He wants so badly for us to do well in the FA Cup.
Spurs were now beginning to re-establish themselves in the 1st Division and Ardiles did his bit to keep he Cup dream alive at Old Trafford but further Cup success would have to wait for another season ending in ‘1’.