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Tottenham's European Cup Winners' Cup Triumph

In 1963 v Athletico Madrid

Eight years after the inception of European football, when Real Madrid won the inaugural European Cup, British football had its initial continental prize to commemorate. Tottenham Hotspur won it, the 1963 European Cup Winners' Cup.

Tottenham had actually been let down not to have actually attained the utmost reward of raising the previous season's European Cup as well as were rightly aggrieved at the nature of the semi-final dismissal by Benfica. The 1962 FA Cup triumph over Burnley ensured them of another European campaign as well as one more chance of Cup glory. The trip to the Final in Rotterdam took in Scotland and also the previous countries of Czechoslavakia as well as Yugoslavia.

Winning Squad 1963

The Road To The Final

v Rangers

For the very first game which had actually been built up as the 'Battle of Britain' only Bobby Smith was lacking from the Tottenham which had efficiently kept the FA Cup a few months earlier. Les Allen was the automatic substitute as well as he revealed his worth to the group by racking up Spurs' 3rd objective. There was great competition in advance of this game with Spurs having 3 Scots in their group-- Bill Brown, Dave Mackay and also John White who had actually been so essential in Spurs' success of the previous two seasons.

John White was the star of the evening. He headed Spurs' first goal after four minutes from a Jimmy Greaves edge however Rangers equalised 5 mins later. An additional Greaves edge allowed White to head his second before Les Allen made it three. The Rangers defence were under pressure and yielded a very own goal for 4-1 however virtually promptly Rangers took the care to score a second. Ten minutes from time another Greaves edge saw Maurice Norman score the last and 5th goal. This result offered Spurs a comfy bring a cushion to the 2nd leg at Ibrox Park.

Subsequent Rounds

Slovan Bratislava and OFK Beograd were then overcome to set up the final with Atletico.

The Final 

The champs, Atletico, were strong favourites, especially with Mackay out for Spurs as well as Blanchflower nursing a knee twisted in Glasgow. However many thanks to Blanchflower's teamtalk and also his aura on the pitch, Tottenham were 2-0 in advance by half-time.

Atletico scored promptly after half-time. They rallied, as well as Enrique Collar reduced the deficit two minutes right into the second period with a penalty and it was game on once again.

But following a duration of Spanish possesion and pressure, Tottenham regained their cushion. Yorkshireman Dyson jumped regained possesion as flicked it over one opponent prior to he attempted a cross into the danger zone.

Atletico goalkeeper Edgardo Madinabeytia could just view in terror as he measures his angles incorrectly and also saw the ball drop over his head and in

At 3-1 up, Spurs were never going to recall and Dyson established Greaves for his 2nd and afterwards applied the cherry on the top with a remarkable fifth.

Spurs thumped Atletico Madrid 5-1 in the final in Rotterdam, Jimmy Greaves (2 ), John White and Terry Dyson (2) getting the Tottenham goals.

'Terry Dyson has never ever had a better game,' said Tottenham's captain as well as ideas, Danny Blanchflower.

 



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