Ricky Villa [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Tottenham On This Day: Ricky Villa Hat-trick At Opening Of West Stand

Ricky Villa grabbed the headlines with a hat-trick for Tottenham against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the day that the new West Stand was opened at White Hart Lane in February, 1982.

Tottenham on this Day

6th February, 1982

Tottenham Hotspur 6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 (1st Division)

Scorers: Villa (3) Hoddle (pen),Crooks, Falco  Hibbitt

Team: Clemence; Perryman, Miller, Price, Hughton; Ardiles, Hoddle, Villa, Galvin; Falco, Crooks (Hazard)

Another of Those Memorable Ricky Villa Moments

This match marked the official opening of the new West Stand with the duties performed by Sir Stanley Rous, the former President of FIFA.

Tottenham celebrated in grand style with an emphatic 6 – 1 win over a poor Wolves side who were to be relegated at the end of the season. Ricky Villa rose to the occasion once again by scoring a hat-trick but the inspiration behind the success was Glenn Hoddle who in the words of the Tottenham programme writer ‘had an outstanding game in which a high level of determination was allied to his exceptional ball skills’.

Glenn Hoddle scored Spurs’ first goal from the penalty spot after 9 minutes following a foul on Mark Falco. Then Villa got his first midway with a shot from the edge of the area on 31 minutes. Wolves scored just before half-time but in the second half it was all one-way traffic with Villa completing his hat-trick with goals in seven minutes, after 50 and 57 minutes. Garth Crooks scored with a header from a cross by Steve Perryman and then Mark Falco completed the scoring in the 71st minute from another cross from the right by Perryman.

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