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Copenhagen XI (Denmark)
||UEFA Cup Final 2L
leg of the UEFA Cup Final was notable for more than one reason. It
became the first final that Tottenham had ever lost in their history and
also the hooliganism on the terraces made sure that it was a game that
was not forgotten for a long time.
Chris McGrath had a goal disallowed, but the
Feyenoord took the lead in the first half and added a second in the
second half to take the UEFA Cup. Spurs will remember the pleading
that Bill Nicholson made to the Spurs fans to stop the trouble at
half-time; a great man seeing the club he loved be destroyed by the
drunken and mindless few.
Spurs received a UEFA ban from Europe for several
years afterwards because of the trouble that night - the first real
example of the "English disease" in Europe. As the club
was on the wane at the time, the ban didn't come into force until the
1981-82 season, the next time Spurs qualified for a competition and it
had to be rescinded because of the time lapse between the two events.
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.