Tottenham Hotspur 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 UEFA Cup Final 2nd Leg – White Hart Lane 17/05/72

The second leg of the first ever UEFA Cup final again attracted only minimal TV coverage, with ITV showing the game on their Midweek sports programme. With Spurs having the advantage from the first leg, they were hot favourites to win the trophy, and in front of their home supporters. The ground was packed with the capacity crowd generating record receipts for White Hart Lane at the time of £45000.

Spurs (on the 6 minutes of YouTube highlights I have seen) dominated proceedings. The unsteady defending by Wolves of balls into the box which allowed Martin Chivers to open the scoring in the first leg surfaced again. First Alan Gilzean drifted into an almost identical position to that which Chivers netted from, but the Scottish striker volleyed over the bar.

Then from a free kick on the left, Martin Peters floated a ball onto the head of an unmarked Alan Mullery, the Spurs skipper ghosting between two players to plant the header home and put Spurs 3-1 up on aggregate.

Wolves looked like they had resorted to long punts down the pitch, which were not really causing Tottenham any problems. David Wagstaffe did give Wolves a lifeline with a well struck effort from 20 yards out, cutting in from the right to strike his shot off the inside of the post and in to make it 1-1 at half time.

What happened in the second half is a mystery to me, as the footage I have seen shows nothing of it. What I do know is that there was no further scoring and Spurs held on to become the first English club to win two different European trophies, this triumph going along with their 1963 European Cup Winners Cup. It would be 12 years before they would win another. For Wolves, this final is likely to be their one and only tilt at European glory.


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