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may 23rd

                   Results (Tottenham's score shown first)
            (match reports accessible by clicking on opponent's name, where available)

1914 Pforzhiem (Germany) A Friendly 4 - 0
1976 Western Australia N (Perth) Friendly 4 - 0
1979 Malaysian Select XI N (Kuala Lumpar) Friendly 4 - 0
1983 Charlton Athletic A Friendly 4 - 4
1984 Anderlecht (Belgium) H UEFA Cup Final 2L 1 - 1 (aet -
4 - 3 on pens)
1985 Seiko FC (Hong Kong) A Friendly 4 - 0


Games on this day in Tottenham Hotspur's history

TOTAL Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
  6 4 2 0 21 5
Home Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
1 0 1 0 1 1
Away Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
3 2 1 0 12 4
Neutral Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
2 2 0 0 8 0
Biggest win on this day

4-0   Pforzheim (Germany)  (Friendly) (Away)  1914
4-0   Western Australia  (Friendly) (Perth)  1976
4-0   Malaysian Select XI  (Friendly) (Kuala Lumpar)  1979
4-0   Seiko FC (Hong Kong)  (Friendly) (Away)  1985

Biggest defeat on this day


Biggest score-line on this day

4-4  Charlton Athletic  (Friendly) (Away)  1983

Last win on this day

1985  4-0  Seiko FC (Hong Kong)  (Friendly) (Away)

Last draw on this day

1983  4-4  Charlton Athletic  (Friendly) (Away)

Last defeat on this day


Teams we have played on this day

Anderlecht (Belgium) 1
Charlton Athletic 1
Malaysian Select XI 1
Pforzhiem (Germany) 1
Seiko FC (Hong Kong) 1
Western Australia 1


               Notable Dates

1954 Gerry Armstrong, forward 1975-1981, born.
1984 With the first leg drawn and Spurs having an away goal, the tie was evenly balanced.  When Anderlecht took the lead after Czernatynski broke away and slotted home, it looked as though the game was up.  The crowd fell deathly silent and when the match re-started, the roar of the crowd drove Spurs forward.  Ossie Ardiles was brought on and one of his first touches hit the bar, but the ball was returned into the box with interest by Micky Hazard.  Falco was in there, but Graham Roberts (captain for the night in the absence of the suspended Steve Perryman) chested the ball down and rammed it in from close range.  His goal took the tie into extra time, but with no further score the Cup was to be decided on a penalty shoot-out.  

Rookie goalkeeper Tony Parks saved the first penalty from the Belgians, while Spurs scored their next four.  Danny Thomas stepped up needing to score to make the cup Tottenham's, but the Anderlecht keeper went the right way to save.  The crowd chanted "There's Only One Danny Thomas" as he wandered back to the centre circle with his head in his hands.  Arnor Gudjohnsen strode up to take the last of the penalties to square the scores, but Parks dived to his right and kept the ball out and made Tottenham the winners of their second UEFA Cup.  It was also an emotional night for Keith Burkinshaw, who had decided to resign from his post at the end of this season and going on a high note was how the players wanted to finish his time as a Spurs manager.

1986 Tommy Cable, centre half 1928-1932, dies.

Information gathered from "Spurs - A Day-To-Day Life" by Graham Betts, Spurs Handbooks, 
"Spurs - A Complete Record" and "The Spurs Alphabet" both by Bob Goodwin and other sources.

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