Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Spurs 5 Man Utd 1 (1965)

The Tottenham Weekly Herald claimed that this was Spurs' best performance since their European Cup Winners' Cup win over Atletico Madrid in 1963 and while Jimmy Greaves' sensational goal quite rightly drew lavish praise, it was the 'magnificent' Gilzean who proved the mastermind behind the victory.

"The elegant Scot, twisting and turning with a flick here, there and everywhere was far too much of a handful for United's defence," read The Weekly Herald's report and Gilzean's marauding run for Tottenham's fifth seems to back up the claim. The report ends by saying that "Tottenham had shown once more that when the mood is upon them they are still the best team in the land".

Nevertheless, it was to prove a season of crushing disappointment for Gilzean and Spurs. Soon after, Greaves contracted hepatitis and the club went on a dismal run of form. Indeed, the return fixture at Old Trafford ended in a 5-1 win for United. With Gillie clearly missing his strike partner, there were murmurs in the newspapers that Spurs were preparing to get rid of 'the elegant Scot'. But the press men had underestimated how much Bill Nicholson rated his centre-forward.


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