Relive Spurs’ glory days?

Legendary double winner Cliff Jones looks up at the giant cranes whirling above White Hart Lane and predicts that one day the new stadium will host over 60,000 people watching a Champions League semi-final just as he experienced 55 years ago.  Cliff recalls the match, “It was certainly incredible, we were 1-3 down after the first leg when some decisions went against us so we were really up for it.  They scored and made the deficit 1-4 on aggregate but then we scored twice through a Danny Blanchflower penalty and a Bobby Smith effort.  The ball just would not run for us, we hit the woodwork three times.  The crowd were amazing.  There were 64,448 people there and it was something White Hart Lane has never experienced since.

As a “cup” side, most of Tottenham’s success has come at Wembley.  Cliff Jones though was also part of the last Spurs’ team to clinch the league title in front of their own supporters on April 17th, 1961.  “We beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1, that was special as well.  They were our main rivals at the time and could give as good as they got.  But we did eventually break them down and, again, the crowd were fantastic, like a 12th man for us.  I’m sure those glory days are coming back to the club.  I look at the club today and think about how things were in the 1959-60 season.  We had got the team together in terms of Danny Blanchflower, John White and Dave MacKay in midfield, they were our main players.  I see that today, terrific management, we had Bill Nicholson, they have Mauricio Pochettino.  Now they have a new stadium coming so everything is there for Spurs to do the “Double” again.  And why not a European Cup semi-final again as well?  I went to some of the games at Wembley this year but the stadium seemed to lose the atmosphere a bit.  That was the advantage of playing our European games at White Hart Lane.  Even in the very first round we had lost 2-4 to Gornik Zabrze of Poland but we beat them 8-1 in the return and I scored a hat-trick.  If I had to choose, that would be my greatest match at White Hart Lane.  To my mind, that was when the “glory” days really started.

The legend, Cliff Jones,
enjoyed many memorable moments at Tottenham

Cliff Jones with the giant cranes looking on in 2017

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