The FA Cup tie against Leeds tomorrow has reminded me of the last time that we met them in the competition. It was a game most notable for two brilliant Spurs goals and an effort from David Ginola, that had it crept in, would surely be remembered as one of the greatest Tottenham goals of all time.
Having played out a 1-1 draw at Elland Road in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup in 1999, we took Leeds back to our place for the replay. After a goalless first half, the game sprung into life after the break.
After 54 minutes, David Ginola got the ball wide on the right and went on a run across the width of the Leeds area, leaving a trail of players in his wake. Having carried the ball into the left side of the Leeds penalty box, he hit a rasping shot that struck the inside of the post and rebounded across the goal line.
If that had gone in, then I think the likes of Jimmy Greaves, Glenn Hoddle, Ricky Villa and Paul Gascoigne, might have to concede that Ginola had bested them.
A few minutes later Ginola won a free kick on the left and passed the ball across the pitch to Darren Anderton. The brittle midfielder took a touch to tee himself up before unleashing an unstoppable 30 yards drive into the top corner.
Having cracked the post again, after another penetrative run at the Leeds defence, Ginola finally got his reward. Jonathan Woodgate’s clearance looped into the air (whatever happened to him anyway?) and fell to Ginola, who without missing a step, volleyed it with his right foot from outside the area and saw it bounce past Nigel Martyn in the Leeds goal.
2-0. Game over and I’m officially in love with David Ginola all over again.