Snap shot: Tottenham's 1984 UEFA Cup heroes
Thursday, 22 October 2015
With Anderlecht and Tottenham meeting in the UEFA Europa League this week, UEFA.com looks back at the 1984 UEFA Cup final when the London side triumphed on penalties.
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Tottenham lifted the UEFA Cup for a second time in 1984 following two tense legs against the previous season's winners Anderlecht. Both final encounters followed a similar path, with the visitors breaking the deadlock in the second half before the home side conjured late equalisers in 1-1 draws. Keith Burkinshaw's men eventually prevailed 4-3 on penalties at White Hart Lane, with back-up goalkeeper Tony Parks saving the decisive spot kick from Arnór Gudjohnsen.
The story of the 1983/84 UEFA Cup can be seen here
1. Micky Hazard
Often in the shadow of Glenn Hoddle, cultured midfielder Hazard played 170 games for the club over two spells but the 1984 final was his pinnacle. Both Tottenham goals came from Hazard assists, Paul Miller heading in his corner in Brussels and Graham Roberts converting his cross at White Hart Lane, as the Sunderland-born schemer made the most of Hoddle's injury absence. His Spurs stints were punctuated by stays at Chelsea, Portsmouth and Swindon. In fact, when Swindon were promoted to England's top flight for the first time in 1993, Hazard was playmaker for manager Hoddle.
2. Mark Falco
Netted 89 goals in 236 Tottenham appearances and was the north Londoners' last home-grown player to score 20 league goals in a season until Harry Kane reached that landmark last term. The predatory forward struck six times en route to the 1984 final before slotting his penalty in the shoot-out. Retired through injury in 1992 after also representing Chelsea, Watford, Rangers, QPR and Millwall. Falco was voted into the 50 greatest Spurs players of all time in 2009.
3. Gary Stevens
Stevens made 200 outings for Tottenham between 1983 and 1990 after breaking through at Brighton & Hove Albion. The 1983/84 campaign was the highlight of the reliable full-back's career as he won the UEFA European Under-21 Championship with England as well as tasting glory in the UEFA Cup final, scoring in the shoot-out. Stevens earned seven caps for England, appearing in the 1986 FIFA World Cup in the process, and finished his career with Portsmouth in 1992 following persistent injury.
4. Gary Mabbutt
Tottenham's second-longest-serving player, Mabbutt represented the Lilywhites for 16 years after joining from home-town Bristol Rovers in 1982. The centre-half started the second leg of the 1984 showpiece because of Steve Perryman's injury and became a mainstay thereafter, captaining Spurs to FA Cup final success in 1991. Capped 16 times by England, Mabbutt has type 1 diabetes and became an inspiration for many children with the condition.
5. Paul Miller
The competitive centre-back produced a thumping header to open the scoring in the first leg in Brussels on Spurs' path to glory, having already lifted back-to-back FA Cups with the club in 1981 and 1982. He spent a decade at White Hart Lane before playing for Charlton, Watford, Bournemouth, Brentford and Swansea.
6. Garth Crooks
Crooks also landed two FA Cups with Tottenham following a 1980 switch from Stoke City. He formed a formidable strike partnership with Steve Archibald in his five seasons in north London and, though he did not figure in the 1984 final, he scored 75 goals in 182 games. Crooks became the first black chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association in 1988 but gave up the role after retiring through injury in 1990, having also represented Manchester United, West Brom and Charlton. He quickly moved into broadcasting and remains a television pundit to this day.
7. Tony Galvin
A fleet-footed winger who contributed to the two FA Cup triumphs, Galvin had nine seasons at White Hart Lane and racked up 273 appearances. He was capped 29 times by the Republic of Ireland and played in all their matches at the 1988 UEFA European Championship before seeing out his playing days at Sheffield Wednesday and Swindon.
8. Osvaldo Ardiles
Argentinian internationals Ardiles and Ricardo Villa were involved in two of the most eye-catching transfers of the era when they came to Tottenham shortly after winning the 1978 World Cup. Ardiles quickly became a cult hero by helping Spurs to the FA Cup in 1981 though he was restricted by injury to just 17 minutes of the UEFA Cup final. The talented midfielder made 311 outings in ten years at Tottenham before translating his free-flowing style into management. Swindon and West Brom were the beneficiaries as each won promotion though his emotional return to White Hart Lane in a managerial capacity in 1993 proved short-lived.
9. Graham Roberts
Another club favourite whose no-nonsense approach provided the bite in the highly-talented Tottenham team of the early 1980s – even if he lost three teeth in the 1981 FA Cup final (refusing to go off for treatment). His late equaliser in the UEFA Cup final return took the tie towards the shoot-out in which he converted successfully. Roberts played 287 times for Spurs from 1980–86 before winning the Scottish title at Rangers and turning out for Chelsea and West Brom. Managerial appointments since have ranged from Yeovil and Clyde to the further-flung Pakistan and Nepal.
10. Steve Perryman
Perryman played a club-record 854 matches for Tottenham during his 17-year spell with the north London club. He picked up the UEFA Cup in 1972 as well as 1984, the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982, and the League Cup in 1971 and 1973, and was equally at home in the centre of defence or midfield. The Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year in 1982 ended his career with Oxford and Brentford before forays into management. Today he is director of football at Exeter.
11. Chris Hughton
Another long-term servant at White Hart Lane, the 53-cap Irishman made almost 400 appearances in 13 seasons at Tottenham, figuring in both FA Cup triumphs. Having retired in 1993, Hughton then spent 14 years on the coaching staff before stepping successfully into management. Gained promotion to the Premier League in his first job at Newcastle and now hopes to do likewise with Brighton following interludes at Birmingham and Norwich.
12. Steve Archibald
A Scotland forward at two World Cups, Archibald had four prolific campaigns at White Hart Lane after joining from Aberdeen following their 1980 championship. Two FA Cups quickly arrived before Archibald struck five times en route to the 1984 decider, his eventual tally for Spurs comprising 77 goals from 189 games. Played for Terry Venables at Barcelona the next year – winning the league title – then left in 1988 destined for Hibernian, Espanyol, Saint Mirren, Reading, Ayr United and Fulham. Was later appointed manager of East Fife.
13. Danny Thomas
A consistent full-back who looked poised for a long and distinguished career at White Hart Lane until injury caused him to retire at the age of 26. Spent four years at Coventry then five at Tottenham, collecting two England caps, and his sole club honour was the 1984 UEFA Cup, though he was the only Spurs player to miss in the shoot-out. Thomas, however, remains the only Englishman to win the UEFA European U21 Championship twice after victories in 1982 and 1984.
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