Tottenham On This Day
14th March, 1963
Tottenham Hotspur 6 Slovan Bratislava ECWC 2nd Round (2nd Leg)
Scorers: Mackay, White, Smith, Greaves (2), Jones (Agg. Won 6 – 2)
Team: Brown; Hopkins, Henry; Marchi, Norman, Mackay; Jones, White, Smith, Greaves, Dyson
Tottenham were fortunate to get off so lightly in the 1st leg game when they were out-classed and out-played. Only two goals behind, they still had a chance to progress but it could have been so much worse. Fortunately, after scoring their second goal early in the second half, Slovan were satisfied with that scoreline and failed to score the extra goals that were there for the taking as Bill Brown made a number of important saves to keep Spurs in the tie.
The Tottenham team was still without Danny Blanchflower who had been out with a knee injury since the win over Glasgow Rangers in the previous round with the ever reliable Tony Marchi taking his place.
At White Hart Lane, Tottenham opened determined to put the visitors under intense pressure from the outset but it wasn’t until a nine minute spell after half an hour that saw them regain the initiative in the tie. They had taken the visitors by storm with Dave Mackay leading from the front but the goalkeeper had kept Bobby Smith and Cliff Jones at bay.
Mackay pulled one goal back from near the by-line after thirty one minutes, then Jimmy Greaves levelled the score before Smith scored a third to put Spurs ahead on aggregate, ten minutes before half-time. White Hart Lane which had been in a frenzy was now rocking.
In the second half, Mel Hopkins who was playing in place of Peter Baker, hit the cross bar. Twenty minutes in Greaves scored his second and with fifteen minutes remaining Jones and White both scored within a minute to complete the rout.
Spurs were in the semi-finals of the Cup Winners’ Cup where they were due to meet OFK Belgrade.
That’s how to perform on a memorable European night at White Hart Lane.
After the match, Bill Nicholson commented,
This was a victory for power. Slovan are a good football side, but our wing halves tonight powered up the field like they used to do last season and not very often this year. They won us the match.
The Czech officials made special mention of the Tottenham crowd, saying,
The crowd is a great help to them and the noise they make is fantastic. It is a tradition at Tottenham to overwhelm opposition as we remember from Gornik.