It’s hard to believe in these days of wall to wall TV coverage how little football was on TV until the mid-1980’s. Where now a pre-season friendly can be seen live on terrestrial TV, 1972 saw this all English European Final only be shown as highlights on Sportsnight.
Wolves were a respected side in these days and had fought past Juventus and Ferncevaros to reach, what is to date (and probably will always be) their only European final. Spurs on the other hand were old hands in Europe, and were still a force under Bill Nicholson.
The only footage of the game I have seen is via YouTube and just shows the goals. On a typical 70’s heavy pitch Tottenham took the lead through Martin Chivers. The England striker put the disappointment of Saturday’s defeat to West Germany behind him with a towering header from a floated free kick on 57 minutes.
Wolves hit back on 72 minutes when the Russian linesman of 1966 World Cup final fame, Tofik Bakhmarov, who was refereeing the game allowed a free kick to be taken quickly on the edge of the Spurs box and Jim McCalliog threaded a shot from a tight angle past Pat Jennings.
Spurs though took a precious advantage into the second leg when Chivers thumped a shot from 30 yards which flew past Phil Parkes in the Wolves goals, prompting David Coleman to advise him to “pick that one out.”