Spurs travel to Wolves on Sunday in a televised game where they will be looking to pick up all three points after the disappointment at Blackpool.
Wolves and Spurs have enjoyed some great battles over the years and when you think back to previous encounters, many will recall the famous UEFA Cup final of 1972. Nine years later we were matched against the men from Molineux again in the FA Cup semi final of 1981.
After a dodgy decision at Hillsborough, a replay was needed to decide who would go on to face Manchester City.
It’s not clear how much thought went into staging the replay but incredibly, Highbury was chosen as the venue.
As a result, the 52,000+ crowd was dominated by Spurs fans, along with a smattering of Wolves supporters and a few Arsenal officials who were hopefully horrified to see their ground decked out in blue and white. Even the programme that night seemed to be in change-strip of yellow and blue.
Buoyed by the atmosphere Spurs, and in particular Hoddle and Crooks, were on fire. Wolves were hardly in it and Tottenham romped to a 3-0 win. It’s fair to say that those of us who were there had hoped for a second half deluge of goals. Whether Spurs eased up or not isn’t clear but the third goal, when it came, was truly memorable.
Ricky Villa picked up the ball on the right and just sort of ambled inside before unleashing an unstoppable shot past Paul Bradshaw. Ricky had been an ever-present in the side until he picked up an injury in the 3rd round tie against QPR and was just cementing a regular place back in the team.
The goal still stands out in the memory and is worth watching over and over again.